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KaimukiMan May 31, 2011 09:06 PM

Any opinions on Panya at Ala Moana Center? I was there the other night, but since the person I was with knew the owners I doubt my experience could be relied upon as typical.

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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    Jazzaloha RE: KaimukiMan Jun 25, 2011 12:13 PM

    So, I'm assuming the experience was really good?

    I haven't eaten there in a long time. They had some nice desserts and some decent entres--although the portions are typical Japanese. What was good when you went, Kman?

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      Clinton RE: KaimukiMan Jun 25, 2011 04:37 PM

      Is this the same Panya that was on McCully and King many years ago that had Hokkaido bread? I think it was more of a bakery?

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        KaimukiMan RE: Clinton Jun 25, 2011 04:44 PM

        they have had a couple of places over the years, i think there was one in Kaimuki for a while, but I didn't get a chance to ask.

        the food I had was quite good, and quite a variety of their more well known items, so I'm hoping that it was representative of what the average customer would get, but again, being seated with a good friend of the owner, who came out to sit with us on and off during the evening, I really can't be too objective. it wasn't cheap, but not horribly overpriced either, especially for Ala Moana Center where you tend more and more to pay 'tourist' prices.

        Ala Moana Center
        1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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        gourmandgal RE: KaimukiMan Jul 11, 2011 12:37 AM

        I think it's overrated. and overpriced. I remember when Panya was better and less expensive when it was in the different locations but it's not as good since it's expansion to it's new location.
        There is actually a Japanese bakery (Patisserie La Palme D' Or) in the Ala Moana Center (next to Shirokiyas and Macys) that is FAR better for pastries. The Palme D'Or pastries are really creative and amazing!
        The baked goods there are lighter and more Japanese style (delicate and not overly sweet).
        If you're going to Panyas in Ala Moana you may as well go walk across the Ala Moana Shopping Center to theis Japanese bakery and the new Shirokiya food court for fresh Asian dishes.

        1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

        Ala Moana Center
        1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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