Intriguing Flavor Combinations Arrive at Dining, Drinking Hotspot Hidden Above Kuhio Avenue

HONOLULU, Dec. 20, 2017 – It’s only been seven months since the opening of Hideout (and The Laylow, Autograph Collection hotel it’s tucked inside), but the upscale-yet-not-uptight lanai bar and eatery isn’t taking its runaway success for granted, serving up new dishes and eight new craft cocktails for discerning diners and revelers looking for something that’s a little extra.
“On the East Coast, menus are changing constantly with the seasons,” says Ben Buckley, Hideout’s General Manager and alum of trend-setting restaurants in Boston and St. Louis. “Hawaii may not have such drastic seasonal changes, but we don’t need that excuse to treat our guests to fresh, new, enticing flavors.”

Buckley and Executive Chef Bryan Byard are constantly challenging themselves to come up with novel culinary fusions, superior ingredients and cutting edge techniques to elevate and reimagine island classics, like the new Wagyu beef Loco Moco that complements mushroom gravy with ginger soy and chili oil. Whether guests are visitors trying their first taste of Hawaii’s distinctive melting pot of cuisines or local residents eager to experience an old favorite in an unexpected new way, Hideout promises to delight. Other new additions include two pupus – Chicken Satay skewers with zesty red curry peanut sauce and crisp green papaya and the decadent Manchego & Truffle Flatbread – and a Fried Rice Skillet that was promoted from ultra-popular staff meal staple to the breakfast menu.

“This is my second tour in Hawaii and one of my favorite things about living here is how much local folks love their food,” says Chef Byard, who helped open Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. “But unlike some regions, where you have to be careful straying from tradition, local folks love to mix it up, try it a new way. That’s exhilarating for me as a chef.”

The new Piggy Marley burger is a prime example. After success with a kalua pig-topped burger on the previous menu, Chef Byard wanted to experiment with a cut of pork that matched the sumptuousness of the premium Wagyu beef patty. He settled on succulent pork belly, along with a fried egg, ginger soy and sweet pineapple.
“I’d never had pork belly on a burger. Now I never want to go back!” laughs Chef Byard.

Another one-time street food taken to new, unimagined heights is the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos, bursting with slaw, heirloom tomatoes, garlic and chili vinaigrette and gochujang aioli. It’s east meets southwest meets Pacific, a blend of tangy, creamy, spicy and savory that could only come from a chef who’s cooked everywhere from Australia to New Mexico to New York, and many places in between.

For dessert, Chef Byard took banana gelato, dredged it in macadamia nuts and dropped it in the fryer before adding a blast of Nutella to complete the Macadamia Nut Fried Gelato. It’s the crunchy, velvety, irresistible fried ice cream of his childhood, reinvented local-style.

And just as the kitchen raises the bar for island-vibed comfort cuisine, Hideout’s gorgeous lanai bar reaches a new apogee for craft cocktail culture in Hawaii. Start with the Wink & Nod, a spirit-forward Old Fashioned-meets-Negroni that combines Kikori Japanese Whiskey, disaronno, campari and averna over cubes of frozen Campari and dry curacao, which means the drink’s taste transforms as the ice melts, becoming slightly sweeter rather than watered down.

Spice lovers tired of bloody maries will thrill to the Smokin’ Pineapple, made with three jalapeno slices, lime, pineapple and El Silencio premium mezcal shaken and poured over ice, served up in a coupe glass with a dusting of shichimi togarashi seven-spice mixture on half the rim to enflame the smokiness of the mezcal. A mellower tropical tipple is the Lime in the Coconut, a sexier take on the traditional daiquiri featuring Old Lahaina rum, lime and coconut in a martini glass with a crowd-pleasing cache of mango boba at the bottom.

For after-sun or pool-side refreshment, there’s no beating the Silly Willy, a bright admixture of earl grey-infused gin, cucumber and thyme, like if Arnold Palmer put some hooch in his iced tea and upgraded from lemonade.

Lovers, romantics and discerning palates will swoon to Hideout’s new bevy of aphrodisiac-like elixirs built around herbal, floral and fruity infusions. With a chivalric name that puts ladies first, Juliet & Romeo balances the potency of lavender-infused vodka with a sweet concoction of blueberry, lemon and prosecco. The Ladies Man heightens the complexity of bittersweet Aperol with tangy lemon, citrusy sauvignon blanc and the floral delicacy of elderflower-flavored St. Germain.

Brazilian Romance is as tender as its namesake, bringing together the freshness of strawberries, tanginess of lime, sweetness of house-made grenadine and coolness of mint to grace amber Avuá Cachaça, Brazil’s up-and-coming alternative to rum distilled from fresh-pressed (rather than processed) sugarcane juice.

Finally, bid the evening adieu with the Goodnight Waikiki, a botanically rich amalgam of aromatic FID Street Hawaiian gin, Montenegro, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lemon, activated charcoal and egg white, emulsified to create a cloud-like layer atop the night sky-dark libation.

About Hideout and The Laylow
Perfect for entertaining or quiet reflection, breakfast or pau hana, dinner with live music or a nightcap with dessert, Hideout is your relaxed getaway from the hustle and bustle. Nestled among lush greenery, its broad lanai is an oasis of calm perched above Kuhio Avenue, dotted with stylish low-slung rattan and midcentury seating, bookended by sand-floored firepits and bordered all around by tiki torches and festooned everywhere with the thoughtful design touches that make The Laylow an experiential traveler’s dream hotel. Open daily, Hideout serves breakfast from 7-11am, lunch from 11am-2pm and dinner from 5-10pm. Last call is around midnight. To peruse the events schedule, check out menus or find a table, please visit: www.HideoutWaikiki.com or call (808) 628-3060.
The Laylow is managed by Pyramid Hotel Group and owned by Rockbridge Capital. For hotel reservations and more information, please visit: www.LaylowWaikiki.com or (866) 913-6852. For more information about Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com

About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection properties are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences and their meaningful role in locality. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

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