QUEEN'S BRUNCH

A brunch fit for a queen is definitely what Deck. Bar & Grill has on their new weekly Sunday brunch.  Located in the Queen Kapiolani Hotel on the third floor, Deck. overlooks the gorgeous picturesque view of Diamond Head.  You’ll definitely want a photo op over here. The location and atmosphere can’t be beaten. And it’s a perfect place to unwind and dine, which is exactly what I did!

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Although still fairly new, Deck. has made some changes over time with their menu adding a variety of new dishes by their Executive sous-chef Matsatsugu “Masa” Kubo.  What I like about Deck. is that they have plenty of options to choose from. They offer bar foods such as local beer-battered fish tacos and a kimchee hot dog to more local style dishes like their Deck. loco moco (plant-based option is available).  And then everything in between.  

When I heard they were starting a weekly Sunday brunch buffet with forever Mimosas, I knew I had to check it out.  Formerly their brunch buffets were a once a month thing, but now they are offering it every Sunday for $55 per person ($25 for kids) and $25 extra for the forever Mimosas.  

NOT YOUR BASIC BRUNCH

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Honestly, I thought the brunch buffet would be your basic buffet of eggs benedicts, pancakes and breakfast meats.  To my surprise, Deck’s buffet was far from basic and literally had every possible dish I adore. Although the buffet seems more compact, don’t be fooled as there is a wide array of brunch items and non-brunch items to choose from.  I wanted to try everything but there was way more food than I could handle! Typically I like to start with the expensive stuff first of course. They have an assortment of seafood… king crab legs (already cracked open so it’s easy to eat), jumbo cocktail shrimp, oysters, ahi poke, and grilled scallops.  

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As for their meat station, they had a pretty juicy and tender prime rib with au jus and horseradish, BBQ ribs, and the chef was grilling up the steak and scallops as we walked by.

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Potato salad with soft boiled eggs

If you want your breakfasty foods, they have eggs benedict loaded up with generous pieces of bacon and pancakes with mac-nut sauce (sadly didn’t try either of them because I was saving myself for other stuff).

Instead of your regular scrambled eggs, they offer a baked egg type dish with salsa which was really good.

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Lots of grilled veggies and my favorite Hamakua mushrooms!
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I love that they have a bagel station where you can make your own lox of bagel! Only downside is there is no toaster to toast it.

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They also offer a delicious Japanese curry, coconut shrimp, chicken wings, risotto and an oven baked Branzino.
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As you can see this is why I was so stuffed. This was just my first plate.

ALWAYS ROOM FOR DESSERT

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After my second plate of food, I was ready for my favorite part of the buffet.  The desserts. They had a pretty impressive dessert station consisting of pastries, muffins, and an assortment of cakes.  Once again, I had to pick and choose what I wanted the most. I went in for the super chocolatey bundt cake, a key lime cheesecake, a fudgy brownie with a toasted marshmallow on top, and a slither of their tiramisu, one of my favorite desserts. 

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The donuts and brightly colored macarons were calling my name, but I think I would be overdoing it.  Although I couldn’t finish it all, I got to have a taste of each and was pretty satisfied.

FINAL THOUGHTS

With all the brunch buffet options out there, Deck. is one of my new favorites along with my top two (Hoku’s Sunday brunch and the Four Seasons’ brunch buffet at La Hiki). Sunday brunch at Deck. is available from 11am – 3pm.  Validated parking is $3 for 2 hours and $4 for every 30 minutes thereafter. Parking at the zoo is also available for $1/hour.

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Queen Kapiolani Hotel
150 Kapiolani Ave, 3rd Floor.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Ph: (808) 931-4488
www.deckwaikiki.com