Too much of a good thing can be delicious, as demonstrated by buffets and CDs by Flavor Flav. Delight the senses with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of the fusion-fare dinner buffet at Pagoda Floating Restaurant, on Rycroft Street. Pagoda Floating Restaurant's dinner buffet is open from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Pagoda Floating Restaurant has been satisfying a variety of appetites with one of Hawaii's longest-running buffets for more than 40 years. The inventive menu features creations inspired by Western, Asian, and Hawaiian flavors served up amid the mellifluous sounds of flowing water from the koi ponds, a cascading waterfall, and a Japanese garden. The daily dinner buffet ($30.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 5–8 years old) features a plethora of plates to please moistened mouths. Commence the craving-quenching session with the cucumber namasu, bara and maki sushi, or the potato macaroni salad. The chef's station tickles meat-eating tummies with a slow-roasted prime rib of beef slathered with au jus and horseradish, and seafaring stomachs can find solace in the hot Alaskan-snow-crab legs or the golden-crisp shrimp and vegetable tempura. Enjoy a flavorful feasting finale at the dessert bar, with assorted fresh fruits, cakes, and pies.
Pagoda Floating Restaurant
Though we can't know for sure, H.T. Hayashi likely had the local landscape on his mind when he built Pagoda Floating Restaurant and its accompanying hotel in 1964. The restaurant’s tall windows provide 360-degree views of the city and peaceful natural landscape, which includes a calming waterfall and Japanese koi pond filled with synchronized swimming fish.
Inside the kitchen, executive chef Jason Takemura celebrates the cuisine of Japan, Korea, and Hawaii with dishes that feature the fruits of the Pacific Ocean. He designs Japanese breakfasts of teriyaki-glazed fish, miso soup, and Japanese-style omelets, as well as lunches of oxtail ramen and garlic chicken. In the evening, he prepares signature dishes such as sake-braised Big Island beef short ribs, pan-roasted kona kampachi, and seafood linguine.