Oct. 12, 2017

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New composed dishes are highlights of menu change

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The popular Honolulu Museum of Art Café launches a new lunch menu Oct. 12. In addition, with the museum extending hours on Sundays, the café will start brunch service on Nov. 12.

Executive chef and food and beverage director Jacob Silver has updated the creative, hearty salads, sandwiches, and pastas the restaurant is known for, and also adds a new section of beautifully composed entrées such as chimichurri-topped pan-seared salmon with farro salad and his take on a French entrecote Bordelaise—a charbroiled New York strip minute steak in the classic shallot-and-red-wine sauce, served with creamy polenta.

At lunch, the museum’s open-air café is a who’s who of the art and business communities—they come for the creative yet casual contemporary dishes with European flair. Silver, whose experience includes positions at such landmark eateries as Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco and The ‘21’ Club in New York City, has been trying out new dishes as specials for the last few months, and the hits made the final cut.

Regulars will be happy to know some favorites, such as chilled soba noodles with grilled island mahi and curried turkey salad, remain on the menu. Otherwise they have a slew of new dishes to explore.



HoMA soup selection $6.50

HoMA mixed greens $6.50
Asiago cheese and walnuts with red wine vinaigrette

Caesar salad $7.50
Waipoli romaine and Parmigiano Reggiano

Burrata cheese and Hau‘ula tomatoes $12
Balsamic reduction and fresh herbs

Grilled rosemary focaccia $2.50


Grilled chicken Caesar $20
Fresh herb-grilled chicken breast with Waipoli romaine, Parmigiano Reggiano and white anchovies

Chilled soba noodles with grilled island mahi $22
Waipoli romaine and ginger-mint relish and shoyu-lime dressing

Grilled shrimp salad $21
Waipoli greens, avocado, orange and strawberries with ginger-shallot vinaigrette

Curried turkey salad $18
House-roasted turkey, mixed greens, berries and cashews with sweet plum vinaigrette

Greens and grains $17
Waipoli greens, farro, shaved vegetables and sourdough toast with white balsamic vinaigrette

All sandwiches served with HoMA greens. To substitute soup for greens $1.50

Herb-grilled chicken breast $17
Crisp maple bacon, avocado, and melted fontina with caper aioli on house baked bun

BBQ kalua pulled pork $17
Celery seed coleslaw, and fresh cilantro on house baked bun

Grilled portobello mushroom $16
Roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and melted fontina on house baked bun

Grilled piadina $18
Fresh melted mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, honey-lemon goat cheese, roasted red peppers and fresh basil. Served warm on grilled Italian flatbread.

Classic piadina $18
Fresh mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, roasted garlic, basil pesto, Hau‘ula tomatoes, baby arugula, and balsamic vinegar. Served cold on grilled Italian flatbread

House-roasted turkey breast $15
Lettuce, tomato, and Swiss on sliced wheat bread, served with cranberry relish


Pan-seared North Atlantic salmon filet $22
Mediterranean farro salad, baby arugula and fresh herb chimichurri

Black Angus New York minute steak $26
Charbroiled with creamy herb polenta and roasted shallot bordelaise

Penne pasta with pan-seared shrimp $22
Hau‘ula tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, white wine and capers with fresh basil

Grilled long eggplant $16
Chili goat cheese, basil oil and focaccia

Grilled market vegetables $18
Selection of herb-grilled vegetables
With herb-grilled chicken or pan-seared salmon $24

This month the museum tweaked its schedule by extending hours on Sunday. On Sundays, the museum is now open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To accommodate visitors’ hunger pangs, the Honolulu Museum of Art Café will now offer a brunch menu on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chef Silver is still working on the menu, which will be announced closer to the launch of brunch.

The open-air café, situated in the museum’s Luce Pavilion area, bordered by the contemporary art gallery, temporary exhibition gallery and the Museum Shop, is a transporting, relaxing place for lunch. It’s never too loud to hear dining companions.

New hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Seating times are at 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., noon, 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:15pm, 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.

Reservations are a must at the Honolulu Museum of Art Café. Guests can book tables by calling 532-8734.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Silver’s impressive resume includes stints at the opulent Alain Ducasse New York (now closed) and Le Louis XV in Monaco, as well as landmark Manhattan eatery The ‘21’ Club. He has also done stages in France at Michelin-starred restaurants Les Prés d’Eugénie and Hostellerie de Levernois. Before starting at the museum in 2015, he was executive chef and banquet chef at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, where he learned to cook for thousands and beefed up his management skills.

Silver sees a direct correlation between food and art. “The power of food is its ability to make people feel happy, satisfied, and entertained,” says Silver. “It’s an artistic craft in that it touches people—that’s what art is for me. My and my staff’s goal is to enhance the museum visit by bringing a level of dining experience that matches what people spend the day doing here—opening their eyes to things.”


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One of the world’s premier art museums, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents international caliber special exhibitions and features a collection that includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.

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