So... You know that place that serves amazing brekkie and brunch items, like those ricotta hot cakes? Yep, bills in Waikiki also has pretty awesome savory dishes too. Their happy hour is killer and I recently had the chance to try the new dinner menu items as well. I had never been for dinner before and it was a lovely experience. The ambience is very romantic with a dimly lit dining room, staff that gracefully service their tables and a manager who is very well informed and oh so polite. Props going out to our waiter Terence, he was wonderful, friendly and had a great easygoing vibe about him.
Here's a look at this contemporary cafe that serves healthy, locally-inspired, fresh plates for every palate.
Whipped avocado, tofu and wasabi, breakfast radishes, seeded chia and almond crackers $10. This vegan and gluten free starter was simple yet full of flavor. The avocado has just a hint of wasabi and you can use the chips to dip it or the endives. If you love clean food and avocado this is for you. My hubby also thought it was very Mexican inspired in taste and texture.
Chilli miso salmon, hot and sour aubergine and herb salad. This is definitely a take on your classic miso salmon dish. The addition of edamame adds nice texture and the eggplant also is complimentary to the dish. The sauce is complex and a bit overpowering. I recommend getting a side of rice. Overall a good solid dish, the sauce has a lot of flavor though. $22
Pan fried red snapper with pineapple relish and green curry. This was excellent. Being that we just came back from Thailand our waiter was a bit hesitant to call this a Thai style green curry as it was very mild and coconutty. But we were happy to report that this was wonderful. The fish was perfectly cooked, the curry gentle yet flavorful, the crunch from the veggies made it fresh and the acid from the pineapple relish added color to the dish and the taste. Really good, can I get more curry? YUM
Twice cooked beef short rib with Asian slaw. The ribs were perfectly cooked and fork tender. The slaw did well to cut the saltiness from the sauce. I don't think it needed anymore sauce, which comes on the side, so try the dish first before adding more. We couldn't put our finger on it but the sauce/gravy had a familiar flavor it almost tasted like shoyu peanut to me, but were weren't able to identify it. Yummy! Can I get a side of white rice? hehe.
bills is definitely worth a visit if you haven't been before. If you are seeking fresh, healthy and inspired cuisine in a casual, quiet and romantic setting this is a great place to try. It was a date night that we don't often get and we both left very happy and extremely full. if you are also craving their super special hot cakes they also serve them at dinner time, so opt to try them for dessert!
280 Beachwalk, Honolulu HI 96815