If Mom Loves Seafood or Wine, Book Here For Mother’s Day

This is the Mother’s Day to splurge on a fancy dinner if Mom loves gourmet seafood or fine wine. Two Ko Olina restaurants have special menus that will wow her.

Sample the World’s Best Seafood @ Roy’s Ko Olina ($80 per person)

Roy’s Ko Olina will open at 10:30 on Mother’s Day and present an all-day prix fixe menu. The meal starts with the incredible trio of fish you see above:

  • House-smoked organic King salmon
  • Japanese bluefin tuna
  • Tristan de Cuhna lobster medallions

The bluefin tuna is coming direct from Japan. Bluefin is maybe the most sought-after fish in the world. It has a smooth texture and incredible flavor thanks to superior fat content. At a January 2019 fish auction, one bluefin tuna sold for $3.1 million.

Roy’s Ko Olina Executive Chef Darryl Shinogi worked with Honolulu’s Tropic Fish Hawaiʻi to arrange a special order of bluefin for west side moms.

The Tristan de Cuhna lobster is also a unique treat. The lobster lives in the cold, pristine waters around Tristan de Cuhna, the most remote inhabited island in the world. Shinogi acquires the lobster raw, not frozen, which preserves the tenderness of the meat. Lobster that’s frozen and then cooked can have a stringy texture, he says. Shinogi’s preparation makes for a smooth, delectable bite.

The fish are garnished with local pea shoots, and edible flowers from a farm in Mililani.

Once you enjoy this incredible first course, you’ll move on to the soup. Shinogi is making a Normandy saffron mussel broth. It’s a classic French preparation, using a blend of vegetables that lend the unmistakeable bright color.

normandy soup roy's ko olina

Next you’d enjoy the entree. The total price of the meal is around $80 (the exact cost depends on which entree you choose). Most of Roy’s traditional dinner menu will be available, along with a few specials. If you liked the Tristan de Cunha lobster, you can get it again. Or, enjoy the tuna in a Niçoise salad.

Here is the special Mother’s Day menu, and the entree menu.

Book a reservation online or by calling 808-676-7697.

Wine Lovers’ Delight @ Mina’s Fish House ($95 per person, $150 with optional wine pairing)

If mom is a wine connoisseur, the unique pairings devised by the Mina’s Fish House sommelier will make Sunday a day to remember forever.

Mina’s Executive Chef Garrick Mendoza has developed a special Mother’s Day menu with the restaurant’s very best dishes, along with a few specials for the day.

But what will really make this Mother’s Day special is the wine pairings with each dish. You’ll have your choice of one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert. Each selection comes with a recommended wine pairing.

For example, the Black Garlic & Miso Black Cod (one of the restaurant’s standouts) comes with Domaine Diochon ‘Moulin-à-Vent’ Gamay, a strong-flavored Beaujolais from one of the oldest wineries in the region.

Black Garlic & Miso Black Cod is one of Mendoza's favorite dishes Black Garlic & Miso Black Cod @ Mina’s Fish House

And the “PB & J” dessert, a peanut butter mousse paired with chocolate crunch and a strawberry sorbet, comes with Ramos Pinto Port Superior Tawny Port, an oak-barrel-aged dessert wine.

If Mom enjoys wine, but has never enjoyed a wine pairings meal, treat her to an unforgettable one.

Book reservations online or by calling 808-679-0079.

Also Good, But Not Quite So Spendy

Roy’s and Mina’s are serving gourmet food at gourmet prices. For some other options, I reached out to a few of the best local restaurants to see if they have planned anything special. I’ll post the info as I get it!

DB Grill

In addition to their regular dinner menu, DB Grill in Kapolei Commons is offering these special items for Mom.

Baby shrimp and chive pancakes ($14)
Braised short rib wontons plus herb salad with creamy ginger aioli ($14)
Caesar salad with lemongrass shrimp toast ($12)

Jumbo prawns with garlic oil pasta ($29)
New York steak with roasted broccolini and chile butter ($32)
Catch of the day, steamed Chinese-style with ginger, scallion, cilantro and DB Grill’s special soy blend. Served with stone pot rice. ($37)

Lilikoi Panna Cotta ($6)

Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod has two different specials for Mom. One for brunch, one for lunch/dinner.

Brunch Specials
Lobster Quiche with Big Island lobster, Kahumana Farms leeks, Big Island goat cheese, local greens salad with upcountry herbs, Maʻo Farms radish, Maui onion, and orange ginger vinaigrettes. ($25.95)

Seared Ahi or Lobster Benedict: Choice of seared ahi or lobster on top of an English muffin with local poached eggs, housemade jalapeño hollandaise, and herb-roasted fingerling potatoes. ($27.95)

Lunch/Dinner Special — $43.95
5 oz. cab kiawe grilled filet and lobster tail, served with Yukon gold potatoes, fried garlic & parsley compound butter, roasted Wailua asparagus & local lemon.

Brick Oven Pizza

Brick Oven will give Mom one free dessert with a minimum $15 purchase. Present this Instagram post to get the offer.