OUR DINING EXPERIENCE- DUKE'S, WAIKIKI,
We stayed at The Royal Hawaiian Resort in Waikiki during our recent trip to Hawaii. On the day we arrived we heard some rocking music float up to our 15 th floor balcony. A live band was playing at Duke's Waikiki close by so we decided to drop in there for dinner.
We made a reservation and waited for our turn, choosing to sit outdoors in their Barefoot Bar and enjoy the cool breeze coming in from the Pacific Ocean.
Duke's is named after the legendary Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968), perhaps the most famous son of Hawaii- a champion swimmer from Waikiki who introduced surfing to the rest of the world.
" Pupus" are what appetizers or finger food are called in the Hawaiian language. We started off with Panko Crusted Calamari: which was deep fried squid made with guava cocktail sauce and meyer lemon remoulade.
We then had the Duke's Nachos: which were served with black beans, jalapeños, pico de Gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and Colby Jack cheese.
The next item on our table were the delicious Waikiki Hot Wings: spicy all natural chicken wings with the Duke's special sauce.
Last we had the Poke Tacos made with fresh raw ahi, maui onions, chilli flakes, avocado, and wasabi aioli.
Overall, we loved the food and the ambience. The service was rather leisurely but that's understandable as this is the kind of place where people enjoy a lengthy meal soaking in the atmosphere.
I close with a picture of the view we got as we had our leisurely and delicious meal at the Duke's Waikiki.