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The Kahala’s Veranda Updated and Jazzed Up Nightly
The Kahala’s Veranda Updated and Jazzed Up Nightly
Honolulu, Hawaii, July 15, 2013…For nearly 50 years The Veranda at The Kahala Hotel & Resort has presented an unparalleled tradition of luxurious lounging where the rich, the famous and Honolulu society take tea and sip their cocktails. The popular lounge was recently updated with a sleek, sophisticated and updated ambience, where sustainably-farmed and locally-sourced crudités grace the menu, and a new program of cocktail offerings tempt the palate. From floor to furniture, to the tea purveyors, The Veranda has undergone a serious makeover. The new menu is available for previewing online at http://www.kahalaresort.com/dining/veranda.
Now patrons can enjoy afternoon tea service or late-night cocktails and snacks al fresco on the spacious lanai overlooking the ocean and Kahala Beach. Or sit in a rocker and sway back and forth as you watch the sunrise over Koko Head or laze away a sunny afternoon overlooking the pool and dolphin lagoon. The rockers are also great for putting baby to sleep or catching a little late afternoon snooze, too.
Besides a great ocean view, The Veranda’s grand terrace lanai now also sports cozy conversation areas with sectional sofas that are perfect for meeting up with friends and family. The glass-topped tables are the right height for casual dining with selections from Hoku’s menu as well.
By day or by night The Veranda is visually stunning with new hardwood floors that are great for dancing after hours and the perfect platform for some of the furnishings from the Tommy Bahama Royal Kahala Collection. The Veranda is where couples meet, where love begins, where deals are made over a Tanqueray and Tonic, or two.
The Veranda is now also an extension for Hoku’s Sunday Brunch, providing an al fresco setting overlooking the dolphin lagoons, pools, and sandy beaches. The Veranda update has incorporated the adjoining open-air covered lanai, extending the reach of the room and offering a host of new, semi-private entertaining options, from cocktail parties, to baby showers, to a late night, let’s-watch-the-moonlight-dance-over-the-waters conversation pit.
The Veranda new look also means elegant blue silk shantung uniforms for the tea staff, and classy black cocktail dresses for the evening staff.
“We’ve created an island-style elegant space that feels as intimate as your living room, where you can have your friends over for afternoon tea, cocktails before dinner, or a night cap after the concert,” says Todd Oldham, Director of Food & Beverage. “We wanted a venue that celebrated the outdoors, and also felt connected to Honolulu’s up and coming. Urban friendly. Versatile and interesting. The inspiration was to create a space for a global refreshment hour, because somewhere…it’s always 5 o’clock or time for tea.”
Upscale furniture in dark woods from the Tommy Bahama collection anchors the setting. The furniture is dressed in rich, gold, teal, and sea green fabrics and the area takes full advantage of the splendid views. All-weather ceramic, wood-inspired floors have been installed in the interior and on the terrace.
Oldham is excited about the great reception that the global menu concept is getting. It includes fresh subtle and sleek finger foods such as grilled kefta (Moroccan-spiced pork and beef meatballs), ‘ducked’ brussels sprouts, and baby potatoes arrugadas (wrinkled with Hawaiian salt and served with Romesco sauce). These are served along with sophisticated and shared creative dishes such as artisanal cheeses with farm-stand accompaniments, and grilled flatbreads with Buratta or Manchego cheeses, roasted Ho Farms tomatoes, Serrano ham and other toppings baked in The Kahala kitchen’s own Tandoori ovens. From a grilled burger with truffled tater tots, to Harissa roast chicken with charmoula-spiced local root vegetables, or spaghetti with porcini bolognese—this menu brings the best of culturally-inspired global cuisine to Hawaii.
The Veranda menu has also updated the usual suspects. From sophisticated imported cheese plates to a clean finish with sweet treats like crème caramel, bittersweet chocolate cremeaux, house-made sorbets, and warm cookies and milk, there is something for everyone’s taste. The eclectic edibles menu features the chef’s revered grilled prime flat iron steak with bacon béarnaise.
Try the four farm salad with Waimanalo greens, shaved radish, carrot, and beet, and locally made chevre doused ever so lightly with a preserved lemon vinaigrette. The ‘ducked’ Brussels sprouts are made with caper anchovy vinaigrette and a duck confit. ‘It’s casual dining with pizzazz and lots of interesting twists and turns garnered from what’s trending in global cuisine.’
“Our food trend is towards contemporary menu items that are locally sourced, sustainable, and prepared in worldly ways,” says Oldham. “It’s a menu you can come back to time and again to try whatever interests you in the moment. It never gets dull.”
The afternoon Tea Service may be ordered in a variety of ways, from a single pot of loose leaf tea, or Simple Tea Service with your choice of scones or sandwiches (four to the plate), to more elaborate offerings such as Classic (which includes both savories and sweets), or the Royal Tea Service that includes savories, sweets, scones and clotted cream, and a choice of Harney and Sons tea or a glass of champagne floating a Kula strawberry. Harney and Sons teas are available in a variety of tastes including selections in three categories: Island Inspired, Asian Flair, and European Elegance.
Tea service is offered from 2 until 5:30 p.m. daily and cocktail service begins at 2 p.m. and is available until midnight.
The updated cocktail menu features many new and creative libations to tempt your palate. There is the Jamaica My-Tai made with Pyrat XO light rum, Smith and Cross Jamaican rums, falernum, and fresh lime. Or the Pimm & Proper made with Pimms No. 1, ginger beer, cucumber and lemon. An exquisite new White Truffle Martini made with Grey Goose vodka, Dolin dry vermouth (from the French Alps!), and truffled blue cheese olives are a new Kahala classic for martini fans. Just say “Si, por favor” when asked if you’d like to try the Up in Smoke—made with Mexican Espolon Reposado Tequila, Del Maguey Crema de Mexcal, Lehua honey, and Kauai vanilla. There’s another one worth trying called The Perfect Storm. This delightful concoction includes Smith & Cross Jamaican rum with lime, ginger-cayenne syrup for a bit of a kick, and Samuel Smith Imperial stout.
Nightly entertainment continues in the Veranda, with the ever popular jazz piano man David Swanson playing Tuesday through Saturday, from 7:30 until 11 pm. Oldham, himself a musician, is making Sundays and Mondays equally entertaining at The Veranda with some of Honolulu’s best jazz groups on a rotating schedule. That schedule already includes The Robert Shinoda Quartet, Tavana, After 5 and The Randy Wheeler Quartet.
“The Veranda update is just one of the ways we are continuing to re-enthuse The Kahala clientele —it’s the perfect prelude to what’s coming next,” says Oldham. The Kahala Hotel & Resort will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2014. He has added a Celebrations Tea priced at $19.64 per person to the Veranda tea selection.
For a look at The Veranda’s complete menu, visit www.kahalaresort.com.
– About The Kahala –
With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront destination resort
known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering
the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu's
social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of
industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in
Hawai'i. Travel + Leisure ranks The Kahala among the Top 6 Hawaii resorts and among
the World’s Best 100 Hotels in its 2013 World’s Best Awards. US News & World Report named The Kahala Best Oahu Hotels (Top 3) again in 2013. Successful Meetings gave the hotel a Pinnacle Award for four years in a row, 2010-2013. Open Table named Plumeria Beach House in their Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch. TripAdvisor.com gave The Kahala a 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States.
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