This is a picture of Diamond Head, and does the name ring a bell to anyone? Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world and is located on the south-east coast of O'ahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Yes, I went to Hawaii and it was one of the most fabulous holiday that I ever had. Really had a fantastic time there, eating - savouring all the different types of food , fusion, Japanese, Korean, western, Thai, Vietnamese and last but not least their Hawaiian local food. Sight seeing - exploring Maui island and Haleakala, submarine dive. lavender farm and shopping at the Waikele Premium Outlets and Ala Moana shopping mall in Honolulu, the largest in Hawaii. This is my 2nd visit to Hawaii and the first was way back in 2007 and at that time I had not started blogging yet. So this time around I jumped on every opportunity to take as many pictures as I can to share with you, especially the food, glorious food .......
Our first meal on Aloha soil was at Highway Inn for a taste of the local Hawaiian food and below are some pictures of the interior.
Show case of the food and prices.
This is Kalua Pig combo - rice, kalua pig, lomi salmon (orange coloured), some sort of an appetiser, pipikaula or beef jerky and dessert is the white haupia made with coconut milk, tasted something like our local kuih.
This is Lau Lau combo - lomi salmon, pipikaula, haupia, rice and the authentic Hawaiian food, Lau Lau. Lau Lau is a combination of pork, chicken with some butter fish, wrapped in taro leaves, then tied inside 2 ti-leaves and either steamed or pressure cooked. In the above picture, the ti leaves have been removed as they're not edible.
Dinner was at Palazzo Ristorante Italiano located at 99-080 Kauhale St., # C 2 & 3, Aiea, Hawaii 96701: Phone no. 808-485-8688 and this restaurant doesn't have a website yet. All the dishes we ordered came with pasta in generous portions.
Seafood Pasta - sauteed calamari, jumbo shrimps, fresh Manila clams, mussels, scallops, prepared with white sauce.
Chicken Alla Marsala - lightly breaded chicken breast, topped with mushrooms in butter marsala wine sauce.
Osso bucco combo - braised veal shank with onions and mushrooms.
Fish Arrabiata - fresh fish sauteed with garlic, ham and bacon in a spicy tomato sauce.
Not forgetting the daily baked fresh bread which was complimentary!
Hope you've enjoyed reading this post, will continue with more pictures in the posts to come.