Bobbie Hasselbring's feature on Farm To Table Restaurants on Oahu on the Real Food Traveler website which includes Tiki's and Chef Ronnie.
Below is just a short clip of the over all feature. Read the full story.
At Tiki’s in Honolulu, you could make a meal from their large selection of appetizers (called pupus in Hawaiian).
In Honolulu, Tiki’s Grill and Bar is a great choice for an authentic taste of Oahu. Talented Chef Ronnie Nasuti works with local farmers and food purveyors and serves delectable farm-to-table island dishes.
We went to Tiki’s for dinner and sat on a second floor deck surrounded by palm trees, beginning our meal with sweet, crumbly pink taro rolls served with vanilla butter.
The restaurant offers a huge appetizer ($12-15) menu (called pupus in Hawaii), including light, fresh ahi tartare with truffle oil and tiny rice balls; grilled ahi (cooked rare) with thinly sliced mango marinated in rice vinegar with sesame seeds; crispy coconut shrimp with garlic aioli; panko crusted calamari steak; cold shrimp salsa; and, one of our favorites, sweet, fruity guava gazed ribs.
The mac nut crusted mahi mahi at Tiki was lightly crusted and seared.
For entrees, there are plenty of fresh fish options. The grilled ahi was cooked rare and had a nice smokiness. It was served with garlic potato shreds, grilled asparagus, and a buttery scampi sauce with fresh tomatoes. The macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi was lightly crusted and seared. It was served over orzo pasta, mushrooms, spinach, diced tomatoes, roasted garlic, and lemongrass cream sauce. Delicious!
The portions at Tiki’s Grill and Bar are generous, but do save room for dessert. Their specialty is warm green tea butter cake served with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis that will make you swoon.