NEW CHEF ON BOARD : Deck. Welcomes Executive Sous-Chef Masatsugu Kubo
(Honolulu, HI)— Deck. at Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel kicks off Summer 2019 by welcoming Executive Sous-Chef Masatsugu “Masa” Kubo. Highly skilled and diverse, Kubo seems tailor-made for the current gastronomic environment in Hawaii; he offers highbrow quality and a genuine interest in bringing something new to the local culinary scene under Plan Do See America, the parent company of Deck.
Kubo first took an interest in culinary arts as a child and began his formal training at 18 years old. At the age of 19, he traveled to Emilia-Romagna, Italy, where he apprenticed under a pizza maker from Sicily so famous, he’s known only as Salvatore. After working at various venues throughout Italy (including a castle), Kubo returned to Japan and worked at an Italian restaurant called Casa Grande in Kyoto. From there, he took on the challenge of honing his skills in French and Japanese cuisine at a French-based Japanese restaurant called Kihachi.
Shortly after that, he began his tenure at Plan Do See Japan for which he steadily worked to diversify his culinary skills further as Executive Chef of House of Pacific (Italian), The Garden Oriental SoShuen (Italian and French), and Oriental Hotel Kobe (fine dining). Most notably, he worked as Executive Chef at Kawabun, a 400-year old ryoutei restaurant in Nagoya, Japan which serves luxurious traditional Japanese cuisine and entertainment.
In 2015, Kubo transferred to Plan Do See America where he worked as the opening chef for Deco Blue in the Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel in Miami, Florida. He also worked for the award-winning Azabu Miami, an outpost of the Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu in New York City.
In February 2019, Kubo was named Executive Sous-Chef of Deck. by Plan Do See America. “Hawaii is a wonderful place with beautiful nature, friendly people full of aloha spirit, and fresh ingredients,” says Chef Masa. “I am Japanese, and my mission is to convey the beautiful Japanese culture of omotenashi—high-quality hospitality. I believe that working on this island, where people from all of the world gather, presents a unique opportunity to fulfill that mission using cooking techniques that I have cultivated in various places around the world. I would like to sincerely create a new menu that makes the best use of the local ingredients, and I would like to convey that sense of gratitude with our patrons.”
Within weeks, Chef Masa began researching local and native Hawaiian cuisine, drastically changing what was once decidedly casual and consistent with the lunch lineup. While the lunch offerings are currently the same, Chef Masa seeks to give diners an elevated dinner experience without feeling buttoned up. While the cuisine style—New American—remains the same, the revamped menu focuses on shareable plates both big and small. The results include vibrant and beautifully plated dishes. Listed below are a few crowd favorites worth a mention,
Wagyu Carpaccio ($18)
Mediterranean Style Grilled Octopus ($15)
Oven Baked Whole Branzino Wrapped in Hawaiian Ti Leaf ($38)
Oven Baked Whole Lobster with Uni Miso Mayo Sauce ($38)
Deck. Signature Prix Fixe Menu ($40)
Choice of Appetizer
Caesar Salad with Grilled Bacon
Ceviche Mini Tacos
Choice of Entrée
Grilled King Salmon & Cherry Tomato Brown Butter Sauce
Grilled Marinated Spicy Berkshire Pork Ribs
Grilled Snake River Farm Angus Ribeye Steak (16oz, +$10)
The al fresco seating, laidback yet luxurious ambiance at Deck. is made perfect with its gorgeous view of Diamond Head. The menu features locally sourced, fresh island ingredients from local farmers and vendors such as Ka Lei Foods, Ho Farms, and Otsuji Farm, that make up a modern American concept inspired by Hawaiian flavors. Located in the recently renovated Queen Kapiolani Hotel, the restaurant also features live performances by local musicians and DJs. The bar showcases an adventurous mix of craft cocktails, beer, and wine in a favorite Happy Hour.
Address: Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel, 3rd Floor
150 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 931 – 4488
Business Hours: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Monday – Saturday
6:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, Master, JCB, Amex, Diners, Discover
Parking: Validated Valet Parking Available
Free WiFi: Yes