I am a serious foodie. One of my favourite things about travelling is getting to try new dishes and restaurants and I always come home with new favourites.
As Hawaii is one of my favourite holiday destinations, I thought I'd share my top five Hawaii must eats with you in case you're planning your own Hawaiian escape. These are restaurants and foods we just keep coming back to again and again.
#1 Masaladas from Leonard's Bakery
When the O'Neil family gets off the plane and arrives in Hawaii, you can almost guarantee we're heading straight for Leonard's Bakery for some masaladas!
Masaladas are Portuguese donuts without the hole. They're golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside and taste absolutely incredible.
Since you'll have to wait to check in at your accommodation (as the flights into Hawaii usually arrive in the morning!), Leonard's is the perfect pit stop.
#2 HY's Steakhouse, Waikiki
This restaurant needs to come with a warning - and that warning is this; pace yourself on the cheese bread!
Whilst you're waiting for your meal, they'll bring out a basket of their classic cheese bread and you'll be struggling to keep yourself from eating the whole basket.
HY's is a Hawaiian institution with amazing steaks. Their baked potatoes are incredible and they make the most delicious caesar salads - prepared right at your table.
#3 Halekulani's Coconut Cake
Halekulani's signature Coconut Cake is quite possibly one of my favourite cakes in the world. It's light and fluffy and words cannot describe how delicious it is.... in fact, there are many times where it has come on the plane with me when travelling home!
They have the recipe available here on their website so you can try it for yourself!
#4 Mariposa at Neiman Marcus
Mariposa is one of my favourite lunch spots whilst in Hawaii. They do an incredible crab salad and long island iced tea, however, you have to finish your meal with one of their famous chocolate chip cookies!
The story goes that a woman once loved their cookies so much she asked for the recipe - only to be told they couldn't give it to her. She decided she'd offer to buy it and when the waitress said she could buy it for two-fifty, she happily agreed - only noticing days later that they had charged an additional $250 to her credit card for the recipe. Angered over the fact they refused to refund her money, the woman began sharing the cookie recipe with everyone she could to make sure she got her $250 worth. Luckily today you can get the recipe for free and the urban legend only makes them even more enticing. A clever marketing tactic or a true story? Who knows!
My absolute must order at Mariposa? It has to be the Popovers with Strawberry Butter pictured above.
#5 Teppanyaki at Tanaka of Tokyo Central
Holidays are time for fun, laughter and memory making - and Tanaka of Tokyo's teppanyaki is a meal that ticks all of those boxes. They have something for everyone and it's such a fun night out.