Chef Kevin Lee, Chef Lindsey Ozawa, and Pastry Chef Alejandro Briceño of Prima - Oahu, HI

108 Hekili Street, Suite 107
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 888-8933
Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-10pm

After two years of planning—and with their V-Lounge already a success—Alejandro Briceno and Lindsey Ozawa were finally ready to launch Prima, a simultaneous, if unlikely, homage to Italy and Hawaii. With its interior made from recycled and upcycled wood and plaster, and server outfits designed by Fitted Hawaii, Prima is almost literally built out of the island. The menu by Chef Kevin Lee, who came from New York’s Dovetail, is mostly Italian, but Chinese, Hawaiian, and even Indian flavors peek through in dishes like Pappardelle with Curry Bolognese and “Panang” Curry Clams. Briceno, who runs the pastry and pizza programs, cranks out excellent Boquerones and Margherita versions with just the right amount of char on the crust.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Cold-smoked Opakapaka (Hawaiian Pink Snapper), Hearts of Palm, Purslane, Avocado, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Purée
  • Fennel Panna Cotta, Fennel Stem Marmalade, Shaved and Puréed Fennel, and Coffee Salt

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