Let’s talk biz. A power lunch is all about nailing down some serious business in the matter of an hour. The perfect place for a power lunch should be conducive to conversation and convenient. In Hawaii, choosing a place with a pleasant ambiance doesn’t hurt either. Time to brush up on your table manners and review your dining etiquette. The power lunch isn’t just about talking the part but playing the part too. Check out my picks for the top five places in Hawaii for a power lunch.
Located on the third floor of Neiman Marcus just past the chocolates, coffees, and confections, Mariposa has long been a local favorite for the power lunch. With a menu filled with scrumptious sandwiches and innovative salads, there’s something for everyone and everything is good. Mariposa realizes they’re home to the mid-day business meal and therefore specialize in the quick turn of gourmet friendly lunch fare. The view, overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park, is incredible too.
Mariposa is located at Ala Moana Centre, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.951.3024.
Epic is exactly that. This Chinatown bistro is the novice on the block serving up small plates, sushi, and salads. Reminiscent of an urban eatery, the creatively situated banquets elude separate nooks and crannies allowing you to choose the privacy level of your pleasing for your business lunch. Quick service, quality eats and convenience make Epic an ideal pick for the power lunch.
Epic is located at 1131 Nu’uanu Ave., 808.587.7877.
Like Mariposa, Longhi’s is also located in Ala Moana Centre on the third floor boasting stellar beach views. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. here for those power lunches that might turn into three-hour meals. Longhi’s has a plethora of salads to choose from like Greek, Belgian Endive, Caprese and Maine Lobster salad. The between bread selections are also satisfactory with Peking Duck, Corned Beef, and Grilled Veggie sandwiches onn the menu. Generous entrees are also offered for the hungry client. You’re sure to nail down some solid biz over a delectable lunch at Longhi’s.
Longhi’s is located at Ala Moana Centre 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., www.longhis.com, 808.947.9899.
For the indecisive business associate, opt for Indigo’s lunch buffet. For a mere $15.95 choose from an array of seasonal salads, noodles, chicken and fish entrees, roasted veggies and potatoes, dressed with the sauces and chutneys of your choosing. On the lighter side, choose from a la carte selections like the beef sliders, dim sum sampler or roasted tomato garlic crab soup. Not only does Indigo serves up a wide selection of Eurasian eats and it’s also in the midst of downtown where most business goes down.
Indigo is located at 1121 Nu’uanu Ave., www.indigo-hawaii.com, 808.521.2900.
EAT Catering & Café
Formerly Matters of Taste, EAT is a contemporary and elegant-casual bistro with a variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers, pastas, and sweet delights doesn’t disappoint. Located in the Gentry Design Center, this is an ideal spot for the west of downtown worker. Try items like the spinach salad loaded with cranberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. The turkey burger is a healthy option. And, the Cuban panini with ham, pork and Swiss is sinfully savory.
Eat Catering & Cafe is located at the Gentry Pacific Design Center, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy., www.eathonolulu.com, 808.538.0597.