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Back in the 808: Alan Wong’s

August 31, 2012

We had heard so many wonderful things about the food at Alan Wong’s that we decided to check it out for ourselves.  The restaurant itself is located on the third floor of an office building with not much of a view.  Once inside, we were brought an iPad that had the drink and food menus on it.  Some of the dishes had pictures we could look at to get an idea of what we were ordering.

The restaurant is quite small and dark so my pictures do not do our meal any justice.  Everything we ate was amazing, from the warm bread with a dijon chili aioli to our cocktails to our entrees and dessert.  In fact, the complimentary bread was so good with the aoili that I ate too much of it and made myself sick.  Lesson learned.

 

I will leave you with one of our favorites of the night.  TM had ordered the prix fixe menu and while everything that came out as part of his meal was great, this whole tomato salad was surprisingly divine.  The tomato itself is skinned, sliced and placed back together onto the plate.  It was beautifully ripe and the li hing mui ume vinaigrette around it brought it up a notch.

We are headed back to Hawaii tomorrow for a wedding!  While Alan Wong’s isn’t on our itinerary this time around, we do have many other places we plan on trying!

1857 S King St.  Honolulu, HI 96826

Back in the 808: The Pineapple Room

February 13, 2012

I’ve been dragging my feet on writing this post about The Pineapple Room.  My pictures are dark and quite frankly, I wasn’t impressed with the food.  I had eaten there for lunch years ago and thought it was average.  It wasn’t memorable by any means (I really have no idea what I had that day and I can’t even remember who I went with!) but TM had never been so we chose to go there for a family dinner.

After all of the snacks we consumed, would you believe we headed to dinner a mere hour or so later?  We had a family dinner at The Pineapple Room (inside the Macy’s at Ala Moana Center) which is an Alan Wong restaurant.   Alan Wong is one of the twelve cofounders of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.

I apologize for the darkness of these pictures but the flash overexposed everything.  I ordered the pan steamed onaga “Chinese Style.”  It had tofu underneath, lup cheong sausage, shiitake mushrooms with a ginger soy sauce.  To be honest, I was drawn to this dish because of the tofu included with it but it was nothing special.  I couldn’t even find it when I first started eating because it was hidden by everything else.

One of TM’s favorites is ochazuke.  It is a simple Japanese dish, usually tea over rice with other savory toppings.  TM’s Mom ordered the king salmon with ochazuke risotto.  I’m not sure what made this a risotto as opposed to regular ochazkue.  The rice must have been cooked for awhile before the tea was poured over.

TM’s Dad went with the rib steak which came with braised Maui onions, garlic mushrooms, tomatoes and herb butter.

Ryan got one of the specials that night.  For the life of me, I cannot remember what he ordered.  It was fish. The end.

TM went with the seared peppered ahi with asian slaw.  It had won bok, crispy won ton pieces, peanuts with a soy vinaigrette.

The only other dish besides my own that I tried was TM’s Mom’s plate.  I tried a bit of the ochazuke to see what it was like.  I was so full from all of our snacks that I probably didn’t fully appreciate my meal.  Now that this post is over, I can move on to the other places we ate on our trip!  They are definitely more exciting, I promise.

1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 1300  Honolulu, HI (inside the Macy’s at Ala Moana shopping center)

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