Michel’s At the Colony Beach
The drive in looked like your average upper upper condo that has aged. Never judge a book by its cover. Courteous, fast valet and down a few steps through a tired lobby. So much for the cover. Then the book itself takes you into a never, never land of Hawain romance for an open air, birthday brunch on a Honolulu Beach at a much awarded classic French restaurant. Yep, with wide open windows onto the private hotel beach, fresh mild sea breeze wafting in, loads of sun, outriggers, surfers and swimmers. Inside, French formality with ample wait staff bedecked in matching black and flowered shirts, white table clothes, orchids, black starched napkins waiting for individual placement, white and black plate settings, well-padded comfortable chairs, a ready booster for the two year old, and very hushed table talk. Ready for the food.
I started this once available per month breakfast buffet with a plate of ocean fresh Pacific oysters and three sauces and samplings of my wife’s 100% deep red, ready to melt fresh Ahi Shashimi Tuna with a dill vin and beure sauce on a bed of mixed greens and my neice’s Madras Seafood Crepes stuffed with a Kona crab and rock shrimp in a gentle coconut saffron curry. Entree time: I dug into my Salmon San Jacques with its crisp crust wrapped around mahi-mahi and salmon with softly seasoned mashed potatoes. My niece downed her dual green eggs benedict (with spinach) and the others reported delicious coconut crème filled French toast with Macademia nuts and sides of crisp apple wood smoked bacon.
Attentive but not oppressive waiters poured cup after cup of perfect Kona coffee or personal tea choice and removed spent dishes promptly before we ended with Peach melba or Chocolate soufflé. A peak lunch experience on a perfect Oahu day!
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