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best desserts in honolulu

dessertmouse Jul 19, 2010 10:43 PM

Hi - I moved here recently and am curious as to where the good dessert places are in Honolulu. I've already been to visit a few places when I was here a couple years ago (Bubbies, Liliha Bakery, Leonard's and Waiola Shave Ice). I also remember having a really good chocolate sampler at Alan Wong's. Are there other places you would especially recommend for dessert? Also, does anyone know where one can buy good quality baking chocolate (e.g., Callebaut, Scharffenberger and Vahlrona)? I saw Scharffenberger at Executive Chef last week, but it seemed really expensive. I haven't investigated Whole Foods yet, but are there other places that sell that sort of stuff?

Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

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    Kalihi Guy RE: dessertmouse Jul 20, 2010 12:29 AM

    Try JJ's French Bistro in Kaimuki for quality desserts. They also serve lunch and dinner, but the portions are small:

    Where do you live? Tamura's and Fujioka's, located in the Kaimuki area, both carry high grade chocolate. You could also try to search through Amazon or Google Shopping.

    Tamura's Fine Wine & Liquors: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=...

    Fujioka's Wine & Spirits: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fujiokas-wine...

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    1. re: Kalihi Guy
      dessertmouse RE: Kalihi Guy Jul 20, 2010 10:07 PM

      I live in Makiki so Kaimuki would be close by.

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      onigiri RE: dessertmouse Jul 20, 2010 10:52 AM

      I've bought Callebaut by the pound from Y. Hata on Sand Island Road. They also have other good quality chocolate.
      Ted's Bakery in Sunset Beach has great pastries and cakes as well as the pies they are famous for. The pastries are only sold at the bakery. Pies and cakes can be found at some places around the island (I've seen them at Times, Longs and Tamura's in Wahiawa.)

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        Joebob RE: dessertmouse Jul 20, 2010 03:26 PM

        I had a very nice dessert trio after a meal at 3660 on the Rise a while ago.

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          curiousgeo RE: dessertmouse Jul 20, 2010 03:46 PM

          Excellent cakes and pastries served at Cafe Laufer in Kaimuki:


          Cafe Laufer
          3565 Waialae Ave Ste 107, Honolulu, HI 96816

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            KaimukiMan RE: curiousgeo Jul 21, 2010 01:06 PM

            yep yep. cafe laufer is great. i haven't had them but people really like satura cakes at ward center. If you want to drive, the Strawberry Pie at Anna Millers in Pearl Ridge is a long time local favorite.

            of course for an after lunch dessert there is always shave ice..... or malasadas.

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