Bombay Palace Brings Pakistani Cuisine to Hawaii

bombay-palaceBombay Palace, which opened late last year in the former Monsoon India space in the Discovery Bay Center, augmented its menu by introducing a few new dishes from the home country of owner Imran Khan and his chef, Gul “Kenny” Khan.

The restaurant, which specializes in kebabs and northern Indian dishes such as Vindaloo, Korma, Kadhai, Saag, and coconut curries, also showcases authentic Pakistani dishes not readily found in the islands. However, the restaurant does focus on using ingredients purchased locally so they are the freshest.

The menu at Bombay Palace is replete with northern Indian Halal dishes popular with locals such as Tandoori chicken made in their own clay oven, Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh (tender lamb in a home-made yogurt sauce), Fish Tikka, Baingan Bartha (tandoor-roasted eggplant cooked with tomatoes and onions), along with a variety of naan, paratha, and biryani.

However, the restaurant has also decided to specialize in kebabs—rack of lamb, lamb Boti (boneless pieces of lamb), minced lamb, and chicken, all made fresh to order on a sizzling platter. To throw in a new twist, they decided to include a few Pakistani menu items, such as the Chicken Handi/Kadhai (“handi” refers to something made in a clay cooking vessel), which takes tender chicken cooked in a tomato-based sauce with onions, bell peppers, and spices.

Other dishes from Pakistan include Dhaniya Chicken of Ghosht, a stew made with fresh cilantro, onion, a touch of tomato, and spices and Chicken Reshmi Kebab boasting a creamier marinade than the other kebabs. Most entrees are affordably priced from about $15 to $22.

“Being from Pakistan, it is difficult to find authentic dishes as well as Indian meals that we would traditionally enjoy at our home, so we thought we would prepare them for everyone to enjoy, since Hawaii is now our home,” says Imran Khan, owner of Bombay Palace. “Having been here for only a few years, we found that good kebabs are hard to find, so we decided to also focus on serving a good variety of skewered dishes.”

Bombay Palace is located at the Discovery Bay Center, 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., Space 213.

Four hour parking is available for $1 with validation. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, 365 days a year. For more information and reservations, call (808) 941-5111 or visit www.bombayhawaii.com. For media inquiries, please contact Sean M. Morris at (808) 781-8888.

 

New Seafood Buffet at Kahala Hotel

crablegs-kahalaThe Kahala Hotel & Resort has launched a new “Best of Kahala Seafood Buffet” at Plumeria Beach House. The all-you-can-eat dinner buffet at the oceanside, open-air restaurant will be offered Thursday through Saturday only and feature familiar flavors from the East and West.

Buffet favorites such as prime rib and crab legs will remain on the menu, but will be enhanced with additional kama’aina favorites such as pulehu short ribs and Chinese-style steamed fish with scallion and ginger. Among the rotating items will be Hong Kong-style catch, sushi, sashimi and our Kahala Signature Fried Rice.

The buffet runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. At a cost of $60 per person, and $30 for children ages 6 to 12, the Best of Kahala Seafood Buffet is one of the best values in town.

For reservations, call 808-739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

About The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Since its opening in 1964, the Kahala Hotel & Resort is an oceanfront, destination luxury resort located minutes from Waikīkī, yet offering the exclusive ambiance of a neighbor island experience. For more information on The Kahala Hotel & Resort please visit www.kahalaresort.com.

Hawaii chefs featured on ‘Moveable Feast’

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Hawaii-based chefs Lee Anne Wong, Jon Matsubara, Peter Merriman, Jim Babian, Isaac Bancaco, and Kyle Kawakami are featured on three upcoming episodes of the public television series “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.” The first Hawaii episode, on Oahu, premieres Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.

“I’m excited for people outside of Hawaii to see the agricultural community and how Hawaii is so much richer than just white sand beaches,” Merriman told PBS Hawaii. “We have a deep culture.”

He also recalled “[‘Moveable Feast’ host] Pete Evans and crew getting stuck in their rental car at Kahua Ranch! They had to get towed out!”

Oahu – Premieres Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Chef Lee Anne Wong and host Pete Evans meet fish guru Brooks Takenaka at the Honolulu Fish Auction. Then, chef Jon Matsubara shows Evans how to harvest pineapple. Matsubara prepares his smoking mai tai cocktail, hibachi-style Kauai shrimp, and Kahaluu roast pork belly. Wong cooks up fresh opah, and Evans prepares ahi poke. Guests enjoy the feast at Maunalua Bay.

Maui – Premieres Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m.

2014 Maui Chef of the Year Isaac Bancaco, and founder of the mobile kitchen Maui Fresh Streatery Kyle Kawakami, show Evans around Maui. Their adventure starts with some off-shore fishing. Back on land, the team prepares a feast at Noho‘ana Farm, known for its taro and poi.

The Big Island – Premieres Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Chef Peter Merriman takes Evans up the Kohala Mountains to Kahua Ranch, where they pick up Wagyu beef. Meanwhile, chef Jim Babian sources abalone from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii. The chefs meet up at Merriman’s Restaurant to prepare wood-grilled abalone; pipikaula; pan-seared kampachi with lilikoi brown butter sauce; and lamb curry with fresh ginger, turmeric, coconut, and pineapple-mint garnish.

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