Waikiki Eats: Prince Court Lunch Buffet

Back in March of this year we celebrated my birthday at the Prince Court restaurant, where we thoroughly enjoyed their fantastic Sunday Brunch Buffet. This time around our office gang decided to have our annual Christmas lunch here at the Prince.

While at about $10 less, the lunch buffet menu doesn’t include Prime Rib, Crab Legs and various fresh seafood poke and/or sashimi that the Sunday brunch menu offers, unless you’re so determined in having that, you’d hardly notice it wasn’t there with everything else there is to choose.

Getting right to it, this is the lunch menu posted for the date of our visit, which was this past Tuesday, December 15, 2009:

Prince Court Lunch Buffet
December 14-18, 2009

Salad Bar
Mixed Greens with Assorted Dressing
Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Crispy Tofu Salad with Spicy Shoyu Sauce
Watercress and Bean Sprout Namu
Variety of House Salads
Lomi Lomi Salmon
Vegetable Crudites with Ranch Dressing
Assorted Cheeses with Crackers

Specialty Station
Thai Beef Panang Curry with Jasmin Rice

Saimin Station
with Condiments

Japanese Station
Sushi Station
Shrimp Tempura
Vegetable Tempura
Shabu Shabu with Condiments
Miso Soup

Penne Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Capers and Cream Sauce

Cajun Spiced Mahi Mahi with Sweet Chili Aioli and Papaya Salsa

Vegetables of the Day

Special of the Day
Monday – Open
>> Tuesday – Hoisin Glazed Pork Loin
Wednesday – Medallions of Veal with Port Wine Sauce
Thursday – Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fried Vegetables
Friday – Roasted Duck on Cake Noodles

$25 per person

Considering the selection and quality of food, presentation, service, the elegant ambiance, and most importantly the marina-side (ocean view) location in Waikiki, $25 per person is a really good value.

With Christmas right around the corner, it appeared many other guests in the restaurant were also having office get-togethers in celebration of the holiday just like we were.

While I didn’t get pictures of every single dish on the buffet  line, here’s a few highlights, starting with the ever-popular shrimp and vegetable tempura…

Hoisin Glazed Pork Loin…

Cauliflower Au-Gratin…

Vegetable Crudites (with Ranch Dressing)…

The Shabu-Shabu station…

The sauce on the left is ponzu, and the lighter one on the right is Goma-Dare.

The boiling dashi broth pot and thinly-cut slices of raw beef…

The way this works is you place a little each of the raw beef and veggies in a basket and submerse it in the boiling dashi and kombu-broth where it quickly cooks in about 30 seconds to a minute (depending how done you want your beef and soft you want your Shiitake), then empty your now-cooked shabu-shabu into a bowl. Serve with Ponzu and/or Goma-Dare sauce, which you dip the shabu-shabu in as you eat it. I simply poured the sauce over my cooked shabu-shabu bowl at the station, as I didnt’ have enough hands to carry an extra bowl back to the table. Damned Gaijin. lol

That’s all I got of the entree and salad line, which of course there was MANY more dishes to offer than “just” that. Now here’s some of the desserts, starting with this Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flan…

Creme Caramel…

Coconut Cake…

Decadence Chocolate Cake…

Banana Creme Pie…

Assorted French Pastries…

Almond Float…

Goodness gracious, just the dessert station alone is practically worth the price of admission here. Not to forget the abundance of fresh-cut island fruits over by the salad station.

Following are a variety of plates that landed on our table, reflecting the mood each of us were in as far as selections from the buffet line…

That there looks like Kim Chee Tofu Poke, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Tossed Salad and Macaroni Salad.

Pepperjack, Cheddar and Brie cheese ‘n crackers…

Whoever made this plate gets a D- for presentation lol…

This is my plate, which has (starting top to bottom) Vegetable Tempura, 2 shrimp Tempura (with tempura sauce dish next to it), Cajun Spiced Mahi Mahi with Sweet Chili Aioli and Papaya Salsa and Penne Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Capers and Cream Sauce…

The tempura was delicious, except for one complaint: it was room temperature (A/C) COLD. Note to chef: please put a WARMER LAMP at your tempura station! The Cajun Spiced Mahi Mahi sure was spicy, with good kick of heat to it, which I believe was Cayenne pepper. Otherwise, very tasty and super, super moist and tender! Winner. The Penne Pasta with Smoked Salmon was also delicous.

I just had to try their one and only soup of the day (besides the usual Miso soup they always serve), which was Beef and Vegetable…

If you ask me, it tasted (and looked) like Progresso canned soup. For real! Nothing wrong with that, as I love their soups.

Maki and temaki sushi fever…

Heck, why not, have a bowl of saimin while we’re at it…

More of the same from previous plates, while this one also has the Hoisin Glazed Pork Loin and Cauliflower Au-Gratin…

While I didn’t try it, those on our table who did said the Hoisin Glazed Pork Loin was really ono…

Here’s my second run, this time hitting the Shabu-Shabu and Temaki sushi station…

The dipping sauce on the side is shoyu and wasabi. That’s sushi shoga (sweetened pickled ginger) on the right of the temaki. The Shabu Shabu was a winner, although I really should have served the Goma-Dare Sauce separately. That’s OK, the Shoyu Wasabi sauce for the temaki rolls worked dual-purpose quite well with the Shabu-Shabu.

A peek inside my temaki rolls, where on the left is Spicy Ahi and on the right Cali’…

The temaki rolls were really fresh and tasty, with perfectly-prepared sushi rice. Only thing, the Spicy Ahi lacked any detectable actual small chunks of ahi in it, but was more like a VERY spicy “mystery paste”…

Diner ordered one of the scallop and tobiko temaki, which he said was really good…

A bowl of the Thai Beef Panang Curry with Jasmine Rice, which was excellent!…

Now let’s check out some of the desserts that made their way to our table…

Based on a few recommendations from my fellow diners, here’s what I chose…

That there is the bread pudding with vanilla sauce, creme caramel and chocolate macadamia nut flan, which all were YUMMMMMM-OH.  Add a scoop of ice cream and I would’ve been a really happy camper.

We really enjoyed the buffet lunch at Prince Court. The selection and quality of the food was great, while service was friendly and attentive, with the plates that we finished eating promptly removed from the table, while all our drinks were maintained at topped-off level.

Summing it up, we all unanimously give the Prince Court Lunch Buffet a very tasty and satisfying 3 SPAM Musubi.

Prince Court
Weekday Lunch Buffet
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
100 Holomoana St
HonoluluHawaii 96815

Tel. 944-4494

The Tasty Island rating:

(3) Very Good. Considerable of another visit or purchase. (Supah’ Ono!)

P.S.  A few more holiday decorations in the Waikiki Prince Hotel lobby…


5 thoughts on “Waikiki Eats: Prince Court Lunch Buffet

  1. Pomai, the holidays make me sad somewhat I guess no boyfriend. Got to the point to of going anyway to Prince Court by myself to enjoy this buffet . Women are not so lucky to go up and ask a guy out. It culture for guys to do so first which women always ended up waiting or nothing.

    Well I can’t wait so will have a nice buffet all to myself.

  2. Pomai since today is last day I made reservation for my parents and myself. I got a day off. Patty don’t feel too bad my sister is still looking also and wish women could make the first move in asking guys out but no not proper thing to do. Who know might run into you there . The food look so good there goes my diet again.

  3. Pomai, came back from the buffet and I rated it 3 musubis. Not bad and I do love desserts counter the best. I think I saw a good looking guy with a elder couple must be Kimo. I went by myself. Ate a lot of shrimp tempuras. It was a wonderful buffet.

  4. I had no idea you changed your url! Your sudden lack of updates had me thinking that you perished in the hurricane or something. Glad you’re fine and that I can return to looking at your delicious photos.

  5. Wendy, glad you found your way here. I have my old domain under wordpress automatically redirecting here. Of course, there’s no new RSS feeds there, hence you thought I perished in a hurricane. Thanks for the nice thought. lol
    Patty, you’re so funny, yet I hear you. Especially during the holiday season, being “alone” can be a little depressing. Been there, done that. Personally I see nothing wrong with a woman asking a guy out, or at least hinting that you’re interested. It’s worked more times like that for me (as a guy) than me being the “aggressor”.  Anyway, I don’t wanna’ be Dr. Phil here, but think positive and Mr. Right will come your way! Could it be the handsome Kimo, Kimo?
    Glad to hear you enjoyed Prince Court’s lunch buffet. Was the shrimp tempura hot?
    Kimo, do you remember seeing an attractive Chinese gal eating alone at Prince Court? If two people ever hook up via networking through this blog, I’d be floored!

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