Lunch at Orchids

The other day, I was treated to a fantastic lunch at Orchids at Halekulani. They unveiled a new menu in August, which totally transformed the offerings except for maybe a few classics.  The menu has a strong focus on seafood items, all with a fresh creative spin.

There were 4 ladies total but by the amount of food you’d think it was a party of 8.  They serve a fresh basket of bread and lavosh with an pomegranate & olive oil dipping bowl.

082709 orchids bread

To start, we ordered a whole bunch of appetizers:

  • Kona Kampachi ($15.00) served carpaccio style with bagna cauda sauce (olive oil, garlic, anchovies). The segments of lemon added a surprising kick!
Orchids - Kona Kampachi (

Orchids - Kona Kampachi ($15.00)

  • Hamachi Tartare ($17.00) – I LOVE any kind of tartare. This one was definitely Asian inspired, served with wasabi tobiko, soy ginger gelee, and shrimp chips on the side for dipping.
Orchids - Hamachi Tartare ($17.00)

Orchids - Hamachi Tartare ($17.00)

  • Ahi Nori Purse ($13.00) – The ladies loved the presentation of these precious little purses of ahi poke gift-wrapped in nori and flash fried.
Orchids - Ahi Nori Purse ($13.00)

Orchids - Ahi Nori Purse ($13.00)

Orchids - inside the Ahi Nori Purse

Orchids - inside the Ahi Nori Purse

  •  King Crab Cocktail ($17.00) – Chef recommends you eat all the components together: a little of the avocado and crab on the wonton chip with a bit of kimchee.
Orchids - King Crab Cocktail ($17.00)

Orchids - King Crab Cocktail ($17.00)

  • Big Island Goat Cheese ($13.00) with tomato chutney on top of a Kalamata olive cake, served with balsamic glaze
Orchids - Big Island Goat Cheese ($13.00)

Orchids - Big Island Goat Cheese ($13.00)

For entrees, we enjoyed:

  • Shrimp Ravioli ($19.00) – two delicate ravioli filled with shrimp, served in a decadent butter parmesan sauce
Orchids - Shrimp Ravioli ($19.00)

Orchids - Shrimp Ravioli ($19.00)

  • Grilled Moroccan Chicken ($20.00) – tender chicken thigh seasoned with Moroccan spices served with roasted potatoes
Orchids - Grilled Chicken ($20.00)

Orchids - Grilled Chicken ($20.00)

  • Fish & Chips ($21.00) – crispy battered fish served with smoked tartar sauce and seasoned crushed potato fries
Orchids - Fish & Chips ($21.00)

Orchids - Fish & Chips ($21.00)

And of course, dessert:

  • “Coffee and Tea” ($9.00) – Chocolate mousse, green tea ice cream and coffee meringue
Orchids - "Coffee and Tea" ($9.00)

Orchids - "Coffee and Tea" ($9.00)

  • “Pina Colada” ($9.00) – A refreshing tower of pineapple and grapefruit granite, rum gelee and coconut sorbet.
Orchids - "Pina Colada" ($9.00)

Orchids - "Pina Colada" ($9.00)

  • Chocolate Pudding ($9.00) – I guess I was expecting regular chocolate pudding, but this was closer to a bread pudding consistency. Very light, and not too sweet at all. Served with apple banana ice cream.
Orchids - Chocolate Pudding ($9.00)

Orchids - Chocolate Pudding ($9.00)

  • Chestnut Mont Blanc ($9.00) – Chestnut cream swirled over ginger bavarian cream, on top of a “rice crispy treat”.
Orchids - Mont Blanc ($9.00)

Orchids - Mont Blanc ($9.00)

Lunch was so decadent I wished I could take a nap instead of return to work afterwards!

Most local people know Orchids for their famous Sunday Brunch Buffet, but the food here is excellent on any other day too. This gorgeous ocean view restaurant has a relaxed open air ambiance, with classic, elegant service. It’s perfect for a business luncheon, hosting out-of-town guests, or a romantic dinner.

MENU: Click here to view the menus on their website

Orchids at Halekulani
(Complimentary validated parking)
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.923.2311
Breakfast: Mon-Sat 7:30a-11:00a
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30a-2:00p
Brunch Buffet: Sun 9:30a-2:30p
Dinner: Daily 6:00p-10:00p

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1 Response to “Lunch at Orchids”


  1. 1 SwmrsRl September 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    That really looks yummy. I wish my wife would take me out to eat more often!


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