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The Brilliant Ox rocks upon rollout at Ala Moana

  • COURTESY THE BRILLIANT OX

    Guests fill the dining room at the Brilliant Ox during a soft opening service held earlier this month. The gastropub officially opened to the public on Jan. 20.

  • COURTESY THE BRILLIANT OX

    The most noticeable change at the Brilliant Ox is the removal of a third bar on the Ewa side of the restaurant. It has been replaced with a pair of private dining rooms that utilize barn-style doors to provide extra privacy.

  • COURTESY THE BRILLIANT OX

    The Pretty Pine ($12) is probably the most well-balanced cocktail on the menu, with sweetness from vodka infused with pineapple and cardamom, countered by the bitterness of theFrench aperitif Salers Gentiane liqueur. A ginger-honey syrup helps round out the mouthfeel, with a splash of soda added to provide effervescence.

  • COURTESY THE BRILLIANT OX

    A life-sized ox stands watch outside the main entrance to the Brilliant Ox at Ala Moana Center.

  • COURTESY DUKE’S WAIKIKI

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Duke’s Waikiki, Kona Brewing Co. revisited the formulation of Duke’s Blonde Ale, the brewery’s signature recipe created specifically for the Waikiki bar.

It’s going to be fun to watch which direction the Brilliant Ox charges off in, now that it’s open at Ala Moana Center. Read more

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