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Nov 18, 2008 09:00 PM

where to go eat ...on Thanksgiving day?

SF chowhounder visiting Hawaii honolulu for the first time, what are some of the places worth checking out, love island and beach, perhaps a traditional hawaiian cuisine, but more importantly great tasting foods and a taste of the hawaiian culture. will be in town for 8 days-
what to see, to eat and definitely want to try surfing too....thanks,

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  1. I am going to the communal table at Vino for Thanksgiving. There is going to be a fabulous menu
    of several courses…Nov 27th Thanksgiving ”Communal Tables”…….
    Thanksgiving is the quintessential day to share foods. I imagine the very first such
    dinner was a large table get together with platters in the middle of a wide array of
    comfort seasonal foods. Eating, drinking, talking story, laughing, and having lots of fun.
    Sure sounds like a Communal Table to me! It really is the VINO way to celebrate.

    So, we are challenging Chef Keith Endo to create something befitting Thanksgiving.

    Here is his menu….served family style

    VINO Anti-Pasti
    marinated artichokes, garden vegetables & herb roasted wild mushrooms

    Butternut Squash Lasagne
    with Fontina Cheese, Proscuitto & Bufala Mozzarella

    “Holiday Salad”
    Nalo Greens, grilled radicchio, cave aged gruyere, avocado,sweet Kahuku corn & a lemon-herb vinaigrette

    Tuscan Ciabatta Stuffing
    with chestnuts, pancetta, sweet Maui onions, pine nuts

    Kurobuta Pork Braciole
    stuffed with wild mushrooms, mushroom duxelle & served with with a lemon thyme demi

    L’Uccello Ripeno (stuffed bird) turkey
    with mortadella, fennel sausage, kalamata olives, sage & giblet gravy

    Sauteed Swiss Chard
    with garlic & olive oil

    DESSERT—Pumpkin “Tiramisu”

    You know Keith, this should be a real fun dinner!

    $35 per person plus tax and gratuity. Wines are not included. We will have three seatings
    5:00; 5:30 and 6:00PM By Reservation only. 533-4476.

    On this night, VINO will be offering only the Communal Table.

    Good food, good wine, and good fun!

    I've been to their communal dinners before and they are lots of fun as he says. Usually we go
    across the street but this seems like something of of the ordinary. I was just in Montara and
    had a great meal at Gibralter and a lovely lunch at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay. I hope you enjoy
    your trip here.

    3 Replies
    1. re: manomin

      that sounds great! hmm i wonder if i should do Vino instead Hiroshi, which I already booked. I haven't tried Vino yet.

      1. re: dare2d4l

        The ideal thing would be to eat at both as they are vastly different. The Thanksgiving
        menu is really a good one to be sure. If you are here before th 22nd Hiroshi is participating
        in the first restaurant week held on Oahu as are many others.

        1. re: manomin

          I had a wonderful meal before at Hiroshi (try the marinated moi or the chawanmushi) which is why I reserved the thanksgiving dinner. And I know that they share the same owners, both Vino and Hiroshi, so the menu at Vino really piqued my interest. This is the thanksgiving menu at Hiroshi:

          Turkey Bacon Potstickers

          Big Island heart of palm, haricot verts & saffron butter sauce

          Second Course

          Crispy Shrimp Linguine

          cilantro & black bean butter sauce

          Main Course

          Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

          mashed potato, lilikoi cranberry sauce & Portuguese sausage rice stuffing

          Sweet Course

          Kabocha Pumpkin Panna Cotta

          fresh fruits & honey vanilla ice cream

          Maybe I could order dishes from Hiroshi while I'm in Vino :D

    2. you might want to check this thread on other holiday dining in Honolulu

      1. It sounds a little touristy but hey you are visitors to the islands so consider...a luau! Really. They'll usually add a turkey (or two or three) into the imu with the pig. That way, you'll get some local food and your t-day fix. The atmosphere is very much in the spirit of the season as well. Good fun.