HONOLULU — After a two-year hiatus, the popular Grand Lanai Restaurant Week returns for a fourth year to International Market Place, April 18-24.

The event showcases the culinary prowess of the eateries with special “prix fixe” (fixed price) menus and offerings. 

“Grand Lanai Restaurant Week is an ideal way for residents and visitors to experience the International Market Place’s extraordinary eateries,” Malia Zannoni, marketing & sponsorship director for International Market Place told Spectrum News Hawaii. “For frequent visitors, the limited-time specials are a draw. Others appreciate the value and variety offered by the prix fixe menus. The restaurants work hard to curate menu offerings that are creative and different.”

Participating restaurants include Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi, Herringbone, Liliha Bakery, Moani Waikiki, ShoreFyre Fresh Grill & Bar, Skybox Taphouse and StripSteak Waikiki. 

The week also features Keiki Day, on Tuesday, April 19, when children age 12 and younger enjoy a complimentary meal off the kids’ menu with two paying adult entrees at participating restaurants. 

The showcase extends beyond the Grand Lanai, with Kuhio Ave. Food Hall, located on Level 1 and Mitsuwa Marketplace, Uncle Sharkii Poke and Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats on Level 2 also participating with menu offerings exclusive to the week.

“One of the more distinctive aspects of Hawaii’s culture is its food and the way we pair local ingredients with traditional preparations sourced from many cultures,” Zannoni said. “This event enables us to showcase that. Equally important, all of our Grand Lanai restaurants are participating in the Localicious campaign. Supporting our local farmers and vendors is central to our mission.”

“Our special menu that we offer on Grand Lanai Restaurant Week shows the chef’s creativity when we put everything together to make a special three-course menu,” said Chef Michael Leslie of Moani Waikiki. 

“At Moani, we pride ourselves on sourcing local ingredients whenever possible and showcasing local flavors to all of our guests,” said Ikaika Sczymanski, general manager. 

The restaurant’s special prix fixe menu stays true to its elevated island fare, highlighting local ingredients and playing with a mixture of textures and flavors. It starts with Lemongrass Pork & Shrimp Shiu Mai, followed by Fire Grilled HaYn Catch with Kanaka Butter Sauce, lomi salmon, oyster sauce choi sum and Kapakahi Fried Rice and a dessert of macadamia nut ube cheesecake with haupia glaze, toasted coconut and pickled mango. 

“It’s important [to showcase local ingredients] because it reflects all the unique and beautiful ingredients that Hawaii has to offer. Buying local and eating local helps improve the local economy,” Leslie added.

Reservations are recommended for the limited-time menus offered during Grand Lanai Restaurant Week. For more information, call 808-921-0536 or visit shopinternationalmarketplace.com

Lianne Bidal Thompson is the digital producer for Spectrum News Hawaii. She writes about community and general news across the state.