November 18, 2009 at 9:32 AM HST - Updated June 17 at 4:37 AM
Chef and restaurateur D.K. Kodama is an expert in surf and turf. Two of his restaurants, d.k. Steakhouse and Sansei Seafood Restaurant, sit side-by-side in the Marriott Waikiki. If you're in the steakhouse, go for the Maui Cattle Company rib-eye. The all natural cuts are seared to perfection in an 1800-degree broiler. Check out those flames!
"We like to buy local so we can serve people local, support local community," Kodama says.
It's served with au poive sauce, herb roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled Maui onions. "Not only are flavors fresh, it's great, but it's supporting our local economy as well," Kodama says.
The roasted Tuscan style chicken is just as juicy, filled with pancetta, garlic, rosemary and thyme.
If sushi and seafood is what you crave, Sansei offers omakase for two. "What we're trying to do now is try to get all that fresh fish, cook it and serve it with perfect sauce and accompaniment that enhance the flavors."
Start with a spicy crab and cilantro roll and poke sampler, and moi sou vide, with rock shrimp, sea asparagus and cilantro pesto rice. "You take it out and it just stays moist. The flavors are just in tact."
The menu also features fork-tender braised short ribs with shiitake mashed potatoes and warm apple tart with homemade caramel sauce.
The most difficult choice? Deciding which restaurant to go to!
"If they walk out the door and say man that was great and I can recommend it, I'm happy."
Restaurant Week Menus:
d.k. Steakhouse - $30 per person
Braised Beef Mortadella Tortellini with Tomato Ragout OR Eggplant Roulade, Grilled Eggplant rolled with Boursin Cheese, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Kalamata Olive Tapenade, topped with Parmesan Cheese and served with a Balsamic Glazed and Roasted Red Pepper
12 oz. Maui Cattle Company Rib Eye Steak, served with Au Poive Sauce, Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Grilled Maui Onions OR King Crab Florentine Mahimahi, crusted with King Crab and Baby Spinach served with steamed Jasmine Rice and a Spicy Unagi Glaze OR Roasted "Tuscan Style" Chicken, filled with Pancetta, Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme, roasted and served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable Du Jour and Pan Jus
The Chocolate Bomb, Bittersweet Chocolate Cake, Semisweet Ganache and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream OR Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries and Raspberry Coulis
Coffee or Tea
Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar - $30 per person
Sansei Special Roll, Spicy Crab, Cilantro and Fresh Vegetables dusted with Furikake and served with a Sweet Thai Chili Sauce AND "Island Style" Seafood Poke Sampler, Ahi, Salmon, Tako, Maui Onions, Tomatoes, Wakame and Kaiware Sprouts tossed in Sansei-Style Poke Sauce
Moi Sou Vide with Cilantro, Ginger, Wafu Dashi Broth, Sea Asparagus and Kahuku Grape Tomato Salad
Braised Short Ribs with Shiitake Mashed Potatoes, Teriyaki Demi-Glaze and Wilted Spinach OR Duck Confit with Steamed Baby Bok Choy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Unagi Demi Glaze
Granny Smith Warm Apple Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Homemade Caramel Sauce OR Assorted Ice Creams