I'm off to Honolulu next week. Any memorable food recs? Thanks.
I did not see this comment, when I posted to your initial request for info. If it were my first trip, however predicated on years of experience dining in Hawai`i, I'd do:
1.) Alan Wong's King St.
2.) Chef Mavro's King St.
4.) 3660 on the Rise
5.) La Mer
6.) Indigo (China Town)
Then, if I had any more time, I'd add another one, or two to the mix.
Much farther down the $-scale, but still a few wonderful simple meals, has been the Shorebird Broiler. Not the most romantic, until you and you SO sit, without any interruptions from the staff, and watch sunset on Waikiki, but that is the romance of your own making.
my good friend was sous chef at alan wong for while and heard many good thing about that place.
now he is at pineapple room at ala moana mall which is little more casual but heard its good too.
i trust my friends palate and this is what he wrote:
Best Hawaii Regional Cuisine:
3660 On The Rise
Chef Mavro(strange for wine though)
Indigo - Food is decent, great ambiance though
Michel's at the Colony Surf
Bistro at Centruy Center
Side Street Inn
New that I have heard good things about:
Places I go:
C&C Pasta Company - BYO good Italian
12th Ave Grill - BYO(though not for long) upscale comfort food
Good Locations to Eat:
Dukes Canoe Club, Bali by the Sea, Mariposa, Hanohano Room, Shorebird, Haleiwa Joes Haiku Plantation - Locations are great, most on the water or 30 floors up with fantastic views. Not necessarily the best food though but stunning/fun settings.
Unfortunately the Bistro at Century Center closed a few months ago, it was really good, also C&C Pasta Co. is closed as well. Try Town on Waialae Avenue (same neighborhood as 12 th Ave.) they make some killer cocktails there and some amazing mussels and other dishes, they are also open for B&L. True about Haleiwa Joe's in Haiku, I like about a block away and the food is good but the view is way better, I like to call up and order take out from there. Alan Wong's of course is really good and I can't not say go to Roy's either the flagship at Hawaii Kai or the newest one in Waikiki (also open for lunch, nice outdoor bar). What is so strange about Mavro for wine? That is one of their hallmarks to have the best wine pairings picked by committee for their dishes. L'Uraku also closed awhile back. You can find chef Hiroshi Fukui at his Hiroshi's Eurasion Tapas which I strongly recommend as well. Indigo at lunch is nice especially if you don't have the buffet which is all cold dishes and not easily determined as to what they are and someone serves you as they stand behind the table. They also have a regular menu which I would have liked as I like their food but I was someone's guest.
I was just at Ala Moana today and Mariposa was packed for lunch as usual!
E&O Trading Company (strange name) at Ward Center second floor. Very nice Pacific Rim/Fusion cuisine. Nice atmosphere, expensive but not outrageous. Most of the others were already mentioned.