Besides Alan Wong's?
I figure we'll be wanting two other high end meals. Suggestions? I've studied the hole in the walls and will be narrowing them down, but what about moderate restaurants that do inventive things with the food? We're staying at the Marriot on Waikiki, but we will have a car for a couple of days.
I agree with you. I've been to Town several times and it is moderate, fresh, innovative yet very traditional in many applications. We were just there and had a most delightful dish, a gnocchi filled with gorgonzola that was lighter than air and enhanced with fennel and a beautiful broth. You cannot go wrong with any of their fish preps or the fabulous Kulana (Big Island) Rib-eye with those gorgeous fries topped with the deep fried herbs.
Compared to most of the restaurants that I have been recommending lately, I'd say that 3660 on the Rise is moderate and excellent.
I also enjoy Indigo in Chinatown. Food and service have always been top-notch.
Both are less expensive that AW's, Chef Mavro's and some of the others. However, they are each worth doing IMO.
Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
1121 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817
3660 On the Rise
3660 Waialae Ave Unit Frnt, Honolulu, HI 96816