Hawaii’s Kitchen on the Road: Bali Steak & Seafood

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Bali Steak & Seafood at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is one of the featured restaurants at this weekend’s Made in Hawaii Festival.

Chef Joseph “JJ” Reinhart will be giving a cooking demonstration Sunday at noon. He’s making the restaurant’s delicious Provencal Seafood Stew, a French-style stew that uses fresh, local ingredients: macadamia nut oil, Hawaiian ginger, garlic, Kona sea salt, Ewa sweet onion, celery, carrots, Maui white wine, Hawaii island orange peel, Ho Farms tomatoes, Kona kampachi fish and stock, as well as local lobster and Kauai prawns.

He finishes the stew with a puree of local herbs: thyme, rosemary, and parsley.

“I’m a classically trained French chef, so I’m taking what I’ve learned and embracing a lot of our Hawaiian ingredients in order to make this beautiful stew,” said Reinhart.

The restaurant’s philosophy centers around island harvest cuisine, and strong partnerships with local ranchers, farmers, fishermen, and artisans.

“It’s supporting our community, and making sure that we’re growing together into the future,” said Reinhart. “In every dish, we aim to use as many local ingredients as possible. In addition to focusing on locally sourced produce, Bali offers unique seasonings with its specialty salts from Kona, such as their citrus salt for fish and kiawe-smoked salt for steak.”

Bali Steak & Seafood offers one of the best oceanfront dining experiences in Waikiki.

“It’s a destination kind of a restaurant. You’re going to come here to celebrate anniversaries, and for all of our local crowd, we do validate parking, and I know that’s very, very important,” said Reinhart. “It’s a gorgeous setting. We’re right next to the beach, and it’s incredible service and incredible food.”

The 24th annual Made in Hawaii Festival takes place Friday to Sunday, Aug. 17 to 19, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena. Admission is $6, or you can enter to win free admission by clicking here.

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