You’ve left Mother’s Day reservations til the last minute—again. Do you really want to suffer through another buffet because your family for some reason goes kookoo bananas over dried-out crab legs? Take Mom to a dinner by a chef who’s worth splurging on. (I’ll take it for granted your Mom is worth splurging on too.) Tomorrow, May 9, Kevin Lee—with equally great chef Lindsey Ozawa at his side—holds a Supper Club dinner hosted by Summit Magazine at the Lotus. Six courses, $145. And it has a crab dish!
Lee, who came to Hawai‘i from New York’s Dovetail, showed us what he could do at Prima—remember that tako salad, the kurobuta pork? (shiver.) He’s been “homeless” for a year, doing research, private events, and looking for a spot to open his own restaurant. Boy do I miss his food, especially his vegetable dishes. So I jumped at the chance to book two seats at this pre-Mother’s Day feast.
On the menu: Raw scallop with uni, ume, jicama and citrus; carrots and quinoa with miso-carrot puree, fermented garlic, and bok choy; green tea barley risotto with Dungeness crab, edamame, shiitake and preserved lemon; agedashi XO turnip cake with abalone, akule and ti leaf broth (that’s a new one to me!); short rib beef with pipikaula marinade, broccoli, and maitake; and chocolate “haupia” with liliko‘i curd and almond cookie crumble (those quotation marks have my interest piqued—how will he translate haupia?).
Oh, and did I mention wine pairings are included? Make reservations.
PS: The above food photos aren’t actual dishes from the dinner, but they give you an idea of what they’ll be like. Pretty, no? Delicious, definitely.