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Feb 26, 2011 01:59 PM

JJ Asian Fusion Oahu?

What does the Chowhound Brain think of it?

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      1. re: Joebob

        Ah, ok... thought that might be it. I went there for lunch about a month ago with a friend. I had a personal pizza, can't remember what my friend had. We both enjoyed the food, I think we both felt it was a little on the steep side for what you get and the ambiance of the place. When I look at the menu, the prices seem reasonable. I have heard less than good things about the service there, but it was fine when we went. Certainly not someplace I would avoid, but I'm not in a rush to get back there.

        Perhaps they are trying too hard. For example, the Two Seasons Shrimp. OK, I get it, you don't have to decide between spring rolls or summer rolls, but isn't that kind of overkill. Or the "Just Grills" A choice of three protiens, with a choice of three sauces. Does the chef really not believe one sauce is better than the other for each protien? Thats 9 potential combinations for 'one' menu item. Maybe I'm being overcritical, but the more I look at the link to the menu, the more I remember being confused at the time. That in turn left me feeling like somehow they missed the mark, even though the special I ended up ordering was quite tasty, if not overly generous.

        add/edit: its kind of like the sign in front. You aren't quite sure what the name of the place is, or the menu, and where is the french pastry, and what is JJ vs. JJ2... huh? yeah, like that. Not focused. Thanks Joebob, I've been trying to figure out my feelings about the place ever since I went.

        1. re: KaimukiMan

          THANKS KMan for the thoughtful and prompt response. Your reward, should you choose to accept, is that is offering for the next 12 hrs. $30 food from there half price with the usual restrictions: tax & tip not included, dine in only, etc. The wife and I are in town every Friday, it might make a nice (should they see and heed your sage advice) cheap lunch, and we should get to that area at least once by 8/31, so what the hey!

          1. re: Joebob

            Short and Sweet.
            Went to J2 last week for lunch, very disappointed , won't return even for free!

            1. re: russkar

              Could you please be more specific and provide some details?

              1. re: Joebob

                Three of us had lunch and ordered several dishes to share.
                Rack of Lamb- Two tiny bones of NZ Lamb a whopping 18.95
                Tom Yum Soup- size of a cup , not bad but very small
                Salmon Carpaccio- So smokey almost inedible, and we love smoked salmon
                House special Noodles- like Pad Thai but very small portion for the price. Could have gone to any decent Thai Restaurant and gotten 3 times as much for half the price. Service was good.

                1. re: russkar

                  not inconsistent with my experience... russkar is more discerning and spot on. I tend to like oversized portions and these are not, especially for the price.

      2. They do have good coffee and desserts are solid (although I prefer Laufer).

        1. I agree with Russkar I disliked it and won't ever return there. I even thought that their pastries were overrated. I don't get it at all.

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          1. re: gourmandgal

            i'm inclined to agree with the consensus here. i've had their pastries several times and am ALWAYS underwhelmed. they all look awesome, but i feel like almost all of them fall short one way or another - need a denser cake, more texture, more whatever....they're all OK, but i'm never impressed. also, got one of those groupon-like coupons the others day and went with my SO. we both got one of their fusiony pasta dishes where they make a southeast asian inspired sauce and pair it with fettuccine/linguine (it was forgettable, having trouble remembering the details)...while the sauce itself wasnt bad, these dishes fell flat big time bc some cardinal rules of pasta prep were ignored....the sauce was very thin and did not bind to the noodles at all. adding some pasta water to the sauce and finishing the noodles in the pan with the sauce for sure could have rectified these issues. we both finished the bland pasta, and our plates were left with a pool of "soup". amateur stuff, there, folks. still, seems like a popular joint