hip HAPPENINGS: New talent at Lani Kai

Lani Kai, THE destination for tiki cocktails and scene has a new chef. Chef Sawa (formerly at Good Fork in Brooklyn, and sous chef at Annisa) has reimagined and elevated the menu, adding a Polynesian flair to her style of New American cuisine. You can practically taste the food looking at the gorgeous photos from Doron Gild. Why not sample the menu on a Monday night, and enjoy the latest cocktails from guest bartenders. Here’s the latest lineup:
DEC:12th—Damon Boelte; 19th—Brother Cleve
JAN: 9th—Jackie Patterson; 16th—Thomas Waugh; 23rd—Dale DeGroff; 30th—Rob Fuentevilla
FEB: 6th—Allen Katz; 3th—Tiki Monday All-Stars (Richie & Lynnette, Adam & Joe, Kearns & Phil, Wrigley & Menite, Julie & Brad); 27th—Eryn Reece.
MAR: 5th—Marcos Tello; 12th—Julie Reiner; 19th—Cabell Tomlinson

top photo: PuPu Platter: Okonomiyaki (classic japanese street food)—crispy pancake with cabbage, bean sprouts, and house-made spam, topped with bonito flakes and a drizzle of okonomi sauce; Char Siu Baby Back Ribs—roasted in chinese barbeque sauce, garnished with crushed macadamia nuts and scallions; Escabeche Tacos—red snapper, cabbage salad and grilled pineapple salsa, served in wonton taco shells; Crab Wontons—lump crab mixed with mascarpone cheese in a crispy wonton, served with mustard sauce; Huli Huli Yakitori—grilled chicken skewers marinated in a house-made huli huli sauce.

Loco Moco: Crispy Japanese rice cake topped with a spiced beef patty, fried quail egg and demi glace – a riff on Hawaii’s traditional surfer dish

Short Ribs: Pineapple braised short ribs served with purple rice, sauteed baby bok choy and fresh horseradish gremolata.

Oyster Sliders: Fried oysters on a brioche bun with spicy mayo and pickled ginger.

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