Make your mom feel really special at Kevin Lee’s pre-Mother’s Day dinner

An example of Kevin Lee magic

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.

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