Monday, May 16, 2005

The Grill at Diamond Head Market: Restaurant Review

The Grill at Diamond Head sounds like an upscale kind of place, doesn't it? Then you may be surprised to learn it used to be "Burgerland" a drive-in on the edge of the Kapiolani park just a stone's throw from Waikiki beach. But don't let that bit of history dissuade you from going. The food is excellent and there are a couple of tables where you can eat outside rather than in your car.

The prices at The Grill are higher than at most places we ate at, but the portions were huge. So even though we had the most expensive item on the menu, a Surf & Turf plate ($12.75), it was more than enough food for two people. The Surf & Turf included wasabi ahi, garlic shrimp, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef and char siu, plus rice of course. At The Grill you can get brown rice instead of white rice and green salad instead of macaroni salad if you like. Many of the plate lunches and sandwiches are in the $6-7 price range.

The only thing I didn't care for was the char siu which was more like shredded pork. The teri beef was tender and flavorful and I'd order it again. The shrimp were succulent and perfectly cooked. The portion of ahi small but tasty. We also had a huge side salad that was quite nice; along with a standard mix of greens, it had bean sprouts and watercress and a delicious light creamy sesame dressing that was unique and very fresh tasting. It's no wonder when all the sauces and dressings are homemade.

We also had a huge grilled vegetable plate that was very satisfying. If you feel like the starchiness of Hawaiian food is getting to you, there are lots of healthful options at The Grill including grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches. On the other hand, there are also decadently good desserts too from the adjoining market...I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of those but they got devoured too quick!

The Grill at Diamond Head Market
3158 Monsarrat Ave @ Campbell Ave
Drive-in open daily 10:30am - 9pm