What is the best new restaurant in Oahu?

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Catherine E. Toth
Catherine E. Toth

This month Arancino (5000 Kahala Ave., 808-380-4400) opened its third location on Oahu — and its most upscale restaurant to date — at the luxe Kahala Hotel & Resort, just outside of Waikiki.

It offers a course-style dining experience with innovative Italian dishes using ingredients both imported from Italy and sourced locally in the Islands.

We're talking lightly fried foie gras and white truffle Parmesan risotto balls, fresh housemade tagliolini with uni (sea urchin) sautéed in a sweet garlic wine cream sauce, or a house made Hamakua tomato sorbet with a sweet tomato compote and gelee.

The five-course prix fixe dinner cost $100 per person and takes about three hours to experience. Why? Because of beautifully plated antipasti like the crostaci di mare (shown), a melange of abalone and ama ebi (sweet shrimp) little drizzled with herb oil and plated to look like an ocean garden. It takes 15 minutes to plate this one dish alone.

You really have to think of this as more of an experience than just a dinner.

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