Chef JJ built himself an empire out of sugar, complete with chocolate pyramids covered in cocoa powder. He wanted to bring all things European to Hawaii, so he founded JJ Bistro & French Pastry, where he crafts delectable desserts and a menu of entrees fusing French influence with local ingredients. His baked lamb wellington features crisp bell pepper within a shelf of flaky pastry, and his seafood brioche combines the daily catch with shiitake mushrooms and black-pepper sauce. In addition to the aforementioned chocolate pyramids, he crafts key-lime tarts, chocolate-banana confit, and black-currant cassis in individual servings. He just uses bigger mixing bowls to create the same mouthwatering cakes for birthdays or weddings.
Despite the general European flair, the chef can't resist showing off local cuisine in all its glory with his daily specials of fresh-caught seafood. The mini seafood menu features shrimp, mussels, crab, and lobster, cooked to order and bedecked in one of four sauces, such as garlic butter or J'Jun sauce, Chef JJ's blend of Cajun spices with seldom-used contractions.
Le Cacao Bistro’s Chef JJ awakens sluggish taste buds with a menu that meshes European-inspired cuisine with the style of a New York bistro. Starters include the south beach blue-crab rangoon, which surrounds a maritime delicacy in sweet corn, red onion, and cream-cheese plum sauce ($7.95). The chicken roulé orchestrates spinach, cheese, and ham to serenade a succulent chicken breast encrusted with enough crispy bread crumbs to guide customers home from a midforest picnic ($14.95). House-made tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese festoon an arsenal of gourmet pizzas, such as classic pepperoni ($6.50), and a bevy of traditional pastas, such as chicken fettuccine ($11.95) and shrimp scampi ($12.95), nestles protein-packed treasures into nests of noodles. After dinner, diners can opt for desserts as sweet as a hard-selling Girl Scout, such as a gluten-free warm chocolate cake ($5.50) or creamy Tahitian-vanilla crème brûlée crowned with caramelized sugar ($5.50).
With a stay at Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Ala Wai Golf Course and close to Diamond Head. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Aquarium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 601 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Rooms have private lanais. Digital programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and currency exchange. Planning an event in Honolulu? This hotel has 17,000 square feet (1579 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Hula Swirl’s self-serve, pay-by-weight style allows culinary artisans to craft their own delectable fusions of gelato, yogurt, and breakfast treats. Employ thick belgian Hula waffles as foundations for palatable towers of toppings, such as sorbetto with coconut insulation and vibrant fruits to attract low-flying silverware ($4+). Freshly churned Hawai-Italian gelato showcases local tropical flavors and ingredients ($5+), and lattes and cappuccinos inject body branches with warm shots of energy ($2). To celebrate the novelty of skewered food without relying on the standard party game of stringing bagels on a shower-curtain rod, opt for a savory waffle dog or sausage ($4–$6).
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