I have not been feeling well, so a change of scenery seemed necessary. Yesterday, David and I drove to the International Marketplace in Waikiki. This huge complex opened in August 2016 and replaced a smaller market, which was old and antiquated. The new International Marketplace sits between Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue. The entrance to the parking structure is on Kuhio Avenue.
There are large department stores (such as Saks Fifth Avenue) on other floors, but all of the restaurants are located on the third floor Grand Lanai:
This is the beautiful courtyard at ground level:
This is Kona Grill, which is part of a nationwide chain of restaurants. We decided to dine here:
David and I were seated in air conditioned comfort. That’s the kitchen in the background:
We saw June Jones, who is now athletic director at St. Louis School in Hawaii. He used to be a head football coach in the NFL as well as at UH and SMU. When he walked past our table, I asked him who the next football coach will be at St. Louis. He said, “I don’t know, thanks,” and he made the shaka sign to us, walking on. I think he does know. He just did not want us to know. Well, we shall soon find out as football season approaches. This is a view of the restaurant and bar from our table:
We started with an appetizer, Chicken and rice lettuce wraps, with hot sauce and pickled vegetables. This is typical Korean cuisine, and I used to eat this when I was a child, stuffing the lettuce with food and then biting into it:
As his main course, David ordered the Flank steak with chimichurri sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and carrots:
As my main course, I had the Lemon garlic shrimp with pasta and garlic bread:
And for dessert, we both had the Passion fruit crème brulee:
We exited the restaurant and paid for parking at this booth near the elevators. The first hour is free with validation, and then it is $2.00 for the next hour. We paid $2.00 for parking with our credit card:
All in all, we had a pleasant time, seeing the new International Marketplace for the first time and trying the delicious cuisine at Kona Grill. I would like to return to this complex and sample the food at other restaurants. This sort of thing always cheers me up, and looking at these pretty photos makes me smile. Happy memories!