Even if you've never been to Ola, you may still recognize this North Shore eatery. It's appeared in several TV shows and movies like last year's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
Despite the attention, chef and owner Fred DeAngelo keeps his focus on the food. "Ola in Hawaiian means life. Living, healthy alive. And what we try to do is share that through the food that we provide to our guests as well as the experience."
Ola offers lunch and dinner menus for Restaurant Week. Chef Fred's popular grilled fresh fish with hamakua mushroom orzo is available on both. For the orzo, he combines alii, portabellini and shiitake mushrooms in a hot pan. "When you sear that at high heat, what happens is you get a very nice almost steak like texture and flavor to your dish." He wilts down spinach, watercress and Kahuku sea asparagus and tops it all off with local grape tomatoes and a touch of truffle oil.
"This dish on its own is one of our vegan entrees we offer here at Ola."
Also check out the shrimp sakanoi, filled with giant shrimp, orichette pasta and citrus aioli. And who can resist an entire head of roasted garlic!
Too full to move? Relax on the beach after your big meal. Now that's "life."
"Us being on the North Shore, it's such a beautiful place. The energy is wonderful."
Restaurant Week Menus:
Lunch - $20 per person
Mini Pupukea Field Greens OR Mini Soft Shell Crab Salad OR Mini Curried Chicken Papaya Salad
Shrimp Sakanoi OR Grilled Fresh Fish with Hamakua Mushroom Orzo
Sorbet OR Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Dinner - $30 per person
Mini Pupukea Field Greens OR Mini Soft Shell Crab Salad OR Mini Kalua Pork and Goat Cheese Nacho
Shrimp Sakanoi OR Grilled Fresh Fish with Hamakua Mushroom Orzo OR Braised Beef Short Rib