When it comes to restaurants in Honolulu serving a really good breakfast and Sunday brunch buffet, a few of the most popular are Hoku’s and Plumeria in the Kahala Resort, 100 Sails (formerly Prince Court) in the Hawaii Prince, Pagoda, and here at The Willows. I would have added the Oceanarium into that list, however as you may know, that once popular restaurant with its massive salt water fish tank is no longer, as the Pacific Beach Hotel it resided in is currently undergoing a major renovation.
“Really good buffet”, meaning they have a very expansive selection featuring multiple types of cuisine from across the Pacific. Of course we all know “Really good” as in the actual quality and taste of the food on the buffet line can be hit or miss, depending exactly what dish, where, when (who’s cooking at the time), and simply overall timing on your part.
As I’ve dined there numerous times in the past, once again I had the Sunday Brunch yesterday at The Willows yesterday. Price was $38.50 per person, while seniors (two with me at the time) received a 10% discount per person on that. Thus, this is a good time to give you an update on The Willows Sunday Brunch, and whether you should consider going there soon for your next buffet dining adventure. Or party, which is what you’ll often find at The Willows, having large groups of folks either celebrating birthdays or a wedding reception, as was the case yesterday.
Following is a photo gallery of The Willows entire Sunday Brunch Buffet taken yesterday morning, plus shots from the lush surrounding gardenscapes, ponds and waterfalls that are a major part of the “hidden oasis in urban Honolulu” dining experience that makes The Willows so special. It really is a neat place! Enjoy. :-)
The Prime Rib was super tender and seasoned to perfection, while the au Jus it was served with was deep and rich. I also tried their Squid Luau and Willows famous Chicken and Shrimp Curry, both of which were delicious.
The Squid Luau was a little salty, however the balance of unsweetened coconut milk (very important) and properly cooked tender luau leaves flavor was spot-on, plus da’ buggah when get plenty super tender squid (Tako) in it. The poi was also nice and thick, with that perfect “couple days old” slightly sour poi taste. Hey, where else can you conveniently eat Prime Rib with Poi!
For dessert, I only had a Pineapple Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone, but even that was great. Yeah, I’m easy to please when it comes to dessert. Others at my table really enjoyed the various dessert cakes they tried, particularly the Butter Mochi, while they also overall gave a big thumbs up to the various main dishes they tried. Lau Lau was said to be “money”! While nobody on our table got the crab legs, I asked another diner who was returning for second helpings of it, and he said it was “solid” (winnah!).
Our waiter was friendly, where our water and ice tea glasses were always kept topped, and empty dishes cleared out promptly. Then of course you have that lush open air garden and waterfalls oasis to take in for your ambiance, which is half of what makes The Willows so attractive to dine at. Which to note, there weren’t any problems with any pests such as rogue birds, flies or mosquitos. Very clean and clear open air space if you will. It must also be noted they took all the Koi and other fish out of the main pond, where while I didn’t ask why, my guess is to save on maintenance costs. Also a note on parking, there’s a lot across the street that’s used for valet service, which is $3, plus tip. Also, there’s a 2 hour dining limit. We were actually there longer than that, yet they didn’t kick us out. ;-)
For $38.50 per adult, I think the very diverse, excellent quality, well executed and presented Sunday Brunch Buffet spread at The Willows is a great value, with just about everything you’d want and expect, and then some for the price, plus an almost magical “hidden oasis” ambiance to boot. The only frustrating thing like all “mega-buffets” is not having enough opu (tummy) space to try everything!
Sunday Breakfast Brunch
901 Hausten Street (turn right off S. King right by Longs; formerly Star Market)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
The Tasty Island rating:
4 SPAM Musubi (excellent!)
The Willows Sunday Brunch Buffet Menu
10:00am to 2:00pm
$38.95 per adult / $19.50 per child (4-10yrs)
Senior citizen discount (65yrs+) – 10% off
Military discount – 10% off
Menu items subject to change
15% service charge will be added on for parties of 9 or more
FEATURED BREAKFAST ITEMS
Create your own Omelet Station
ROTATING SELECTION OF CHILLED ITEMS
Mixed Field Greens Salad
Antipasto Pasta Salad
Green Pea Salad
Potato & Macaroni Salad
Includes steamed white rice & soup of the day
Togarashi Crusted Sashimi
Chilled Tofu Salad
Grilled Vegetables w/Balsamic Vinaigrette
TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN FAVORITES
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Kalua Pig & Cabbage
Chicken Long Rice
The Willows Famous Hawaiian Style Curry
(Chicken & Shrimp)
Slow Roasted Prime Rib w/au jus & horseradish
FEATURED SEAFOOD ITEM
Chilled Snow Crab Legs
ROTATING SELECTION OF DESSERTS
Fresh Fruit Salad
Pina Colada Bread Pudding
Strawberry Panna Cotta
Guava Chiffon Cake
Lilikoi Chiffon Cake
Orange Chiffon Cake
Dobash Haupia Cake
Soft Serve Ice Cream w/assorted toppings
Beverages included with the buffet ~ champagne (2 glasses), iced tea, hot tea, and coffee