Hawaiian restaurant Hikina reopens its doors at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

Hawaiian restaurant Hikina reopens its doors at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

Hawaiian restaurant Hikina reopens its doors at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced that Hikina Restaurant will be welcoming guests once again to showcase delicious Pan-Asian fare, including traditional dishes from the Far East.

Inspired by the Hawaiian word “hikina,” meaning “east,” the restaurant celebrates an explosive rollercoaster of Far Eastern tastes that draw on an exotic spectrum of textures and aromas, bringing guests a sumptuous, authentic and wholesome dining experience. An ode to the history of the Lapita tribe, which departed Asia on a journey to explore and settle throughout Polynesia, Hikina introduces diners to a diverse range of Far Eastern cuisines by elevating the well-known street food experience with gourmet dishes and exclusive cocktails in a serene environment.

Guests can expect a flavorsome journey that champions Southeast Asian culinary heritage, cooking styles and techniques. Signature dishes include pad Thai, Indonesian chicken, glazed salmon, tom yam and Singaporean noodles, all of which remain loyal to their origins to maintain the essence of true street food flavors. A rich cocktail menu, crafted with a story in mind and inspired by the Pan-Asian as well as Polynesian culture, includes Mekong, Crouching Panda and Mäori Mango.

Guests can experience an Ahi-Ahi ritual celebrating Polynesian heritage by the blowing of the conch, followed by the lighting of the torches.

Naleem Ariff, Lapita’s GM, said: “We are delighted to re-open the doors of Hikina, bringing an exciting and unique dining experience that draws inspiration from Southeast Asia’s bustling street markets to recreate a lively, vibrant and relaxed environment within our Polynesian-themed hotel.”


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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