please help narrow my 3 romantic dining options [oahu]
travelling with the fiance next week for a short blitz trip. will hit up our old haunts (and side street in -see below post haha)
but it'll be his bday when we're there, so i want to take him to a nice yummy romantic resto.
i usually do hi on a budget, so the fanciest i've been to is hy's or chai's. both of which i like. =)
my choices are:
1) pineapple room
i gotta make a reservation too. =)
i saw john dominis but that's out of the budget. it seems these three are slightly less... =) and no on pretense... =) i think i read somewhere last year that chef mavro's makes it like they are doing you a favor by letting you eat there? i dunno if that was true or not...
mahalo nui loa =)
I wouldn't really consider any of these "romantic". Have you considered Hau Tree Lanai?
Of the three you picked I would probably pick 3660, then indigo, then pineapple room. Just a personal thing, I just can't think of a food service place inside a department store as romantic. Great food, yes, romantic no. While I like indigo, i don't think the food is quite on par with the other two, so that leaves 3660 in top place of those three.
You will have a really good meal at any of them.
romantic is more of an afterthought. hahah not really a lot of romance after 11 years with the dude =) but it would be a bonus. hahahah
so foodwise, what about these rankings?
1) hau tree- looks yummy!
3) pineapple room
does the ranking change? =)
mahalo nui loa! =)
i can't wait to be back! =)
We've always had nothing less than exemplary service at Chef Mavro but it's defnitely in a different budget league than the other three. Foodwise, 3660 would be the best bet but it's busy and noisy. Food at Hau Tree is so-so, nothing you can't get other places, but the setting is wonderful...we like it for a relaxed lunch *in town* in a nice setting.
(How about the Orchid Room at the Halekulani? Ask for a table outside and enjoy a wonderful view plus quality food and service.)
I felt the same, until we did Mariposa at the Neiman-Marcus. Great meal on the lanai, with excellent service, food and wine. OK, we did overlook Ala Moana, but the view was more of the basin, the park and the ocean.
Based on the OP's criteria, it might be a tad more expensive, but I found it to be a great deal.
I'm a big AW fan, but Pineapple Room is a bit sterile for me.
Still, I'd look at 3660, but that is just me.
re: torta basilica
Torta - Aloha! Where ya been? I agree that Pineapple Room would not be a
romantic choice. Although at night with the lights dim the sad weary chairs and worn out menu covers would be less noticeable as well as the threadbare rug.
I like their food however, great for lunch.
Mariposa might be more romantic as well and if they go on a Friday they could see the fireworks too.
While kind of touristy (but plenty locals filling the room) Top Of Waikiki was
spectacular from per-sunset to the dark of night. We ate there last Saturday and
had a fabulous meal. The chef uses so many local products and has a great spin
on the traditional/classics as well as innovative concepts. There were lots of cozy
couples taking in the view, we had a party of 4 so romance wasn't in the cards!
I really enjoyed it to my surprise and delight and a friend of mine told me she'd been there that week too and was "blown away by the food surprisingly."
hahah i love the line about party of 4 romance wasn't in the cards... ahhahaha
i've always thought TOW would be too touristy, so i've never been...didn't want touristy actually....
but if locals go there too, then it's not that bad? i spend most of my time in the bay, so cal, and hi... and so 'cause of the bay influences, i'm a HUGE fan of the local fresh food...
Had great meals at Indigo, but I'd opt for 3660 On The Rise, based on many experiences at both.
Enjoy and aloha,