The new restaurant offers diners a menu based on Pacific coastal cuisine, led by Chef Nikolas Ramirez, formerly of El Encanto by Orient Express and the Wine Cask, both in California, USA.
The menu reflects his personal and professional history as a native Hawaiian with Latin roots and classic culinary training.
The US state of Hawaii boasts its own unique history of culinary influence from its Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Portuguese immigrant communities, and these influences can readily be seen in the Chef’s dishes such as: Scallop Carpaccio with Corn and Avocado Salsa; Heart of Palm Fettuccine with Brown Butter, Sage and Winter Squash; Lobster Bouillabaisse with Miso Ramen Gnocchi and Salt-crusted River Fish with Peruvian Paella and Serrano Chili.
Alongside the vibrant new menu, the bar boasts a cocktail list of high-end exotic drinks, full of colour and fresh flavours in keeping with the restaurant’s laid-back style. The inventive drinks are served on a built-in, wooden-top bar counter overlooking the park, where guests can also enjoy a selection of sweet or savory tapas. Surrounding the bar are plush, low lounge chairs and tables set at the perfect height for diners to sink in and enjoy the uninterrupted city views.
The restaurant’s décor has also been refreshed to complement the new culinary direction. Textured, iridescent silver walls allow the beautiful turquoise banquettes, which run the length of the restaurant, take centre stage. Shades of subtle creams, rich browns and warm copper tones are peppered throughout, with reclaimed wood table tops and metallic table accents completing the elegant yet cosy vibe.
With 80 seats and a private room for 14, the restaurant makes a perfect venue for almost any occasion, from casual after-work drinks to small business functions.