The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood has gotten quite a bit of buzz since it opened in the old Nicholas Nickolas/Aaron’s/The Summit space at the top of the Ala Moana Hotel a month ago. It had not been operated as a restaurant for a long time, and now restaurateur Peter Kim has taken it over in his first high-end venture.
Signature Prime is distinctly different from other steak houses in Honolulu in two ways: One, it has an amazing 360-degree view of Honolulu and the ocean; and two, although it offers most of the same appetizers, entrees, and sides you’ll see at similar restaurants, Kim kicks several of them up a notch with a touch of spice, as a reminder of his Korean roots.
“All the Koreans in town let out a ‘mansay, mansay!’ when he opened,” said Susan Kang Sunderland, who has already been there a few times.
Since the menu is pricey, we had to review it in stages. Nonstop blogger Grant Shindo went once with some friends, and I was lucky to have a client foot my bill on two of the three times I went.
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Overall assessment: It's pricey, but a nice option for special occasions. As with other restaurants that have been in this space, many people are really paying for the view. The thing that sets the menu apart, in my opinion, is Peter Kim's little spicy touches that remind you of the Korean ownership. It adds a bit of local flavor, as well, which is something the national steakhouse chains don't have. Better to go at happy hour, though, since the prices are better and you can best enjoy the view. —Photo by Melissa Chang
The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood
Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Drive