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Jul 26, 2012 03:47 PM

Best foie gras dishes on O'ahu

Coming to O'ahu from CA where the ban on foie gras took affect on July 1st. What is now forbidden, is the object of my desire. A new favorite from my trip last year was the oyster, foie gras, and uni hot appetizer at Morimoto Waikiki. What outstanding foie gras dishes should I seek out, and where is it being offered? TIA.

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  1. Le Bistro does a nice large Seared Foie Gras in it's own Cast Iron Skillet with a Berry Compote.
    Hiroshi (restaurant row) has a nice Seared Teriyaki Foie Gras Sushi.

    1. I'm from CA, making an Oahu visit over Labor Day, and also thinking about what foie gras I can have there! (By the way, I had that oyster/FG/uni appetizer at Morimoto in Napa. It was very good.)

      Whole Ox Deli has eggs benedict with foie gras on their breakfast menu. Excellent, but, between the hollandaise, foie gras and big square biscuits they use in place of English muffins, very rich and filling. I wasn't really hungry again until evening -- only bad in that it meant one less meal in Honolulu.

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      1. re: Debbie M

        Sound good, and VERY rich! I'm thinking to hit up Hiroshi for the sushi preparation. Any other suggestions out there?

      2. The two best versions, that I have had, were at La Mer, and Chef Mavro's.

        Now, there are probably many more, but do not recall any of them.

        Since we dine in San Francisco, every month (and maybe more often), foie gras is a big issue with us, but we will get over it, and just fly to other environs.


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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Hiroshi previously made a beautiful steak and fries dish with a lovely cut of foie atop the steak. Manele & Koele loved that foie!

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            It's so bizarre that we no longer can expect to have foie gras in San Francisco. I remember having dinner at Farallon in October of 2000 and seeing a lone person protesting outside. Never thought the day would've come.

            1. re: letsindulge

              La Folie (SF) was my favorite Foie Gras Dish. Chef Roland has to be very upset.

              1. re: russkar

                Well before the ban, I did that dish at La Folie, and enjoyed it greatly.

                We did sort of a "foie gras crawl" in SF, back in early June - before the events, and all were very good.

                Luckily, I can still get my foie gras fix, though not in SF.

                Would be nice to hear from some of the locals, on who is doing what, with foie gras, around Hawai`i. I have had several very nice dishes, but that is not something that I normally seek out - it just happens, when it happens.


                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I live in Honolulu and Foie Gras is all around but not necessary a Local's favorite dish.
                  Le Bistro is still my favorite on Oahu for Seared Foie Gras, followed by Michel's.

                  1. re: russkar

                    I'll have to keep Le Bistro in mind, as seared is my favorite prep.

                    You and Manomin are about to convince me to try Michel's again, and with an open mind. I have to admit that it WAS some years ago now, and maybe not their ultimate evening, as they also had a wedding party of about 12, that got all of attention, with 90% of all servers standing by - maybe it was a wedding party of a member of the staff?



                  2. re: Bill Hunt

                    It's a funny thing that happens when something is "taken away" from you. It now is something I feel I will seek out when it is available elsewhere.

                    1. re: letsindulge

                      Yes it is. Bill Bell did a song, decades ago, "You don't miss your water, until your well runs dry... " In San Francisco, I have had foie gras, maybe once per 5 dining excursions, but loved the freedom to choose, when I wanted it. At least I have many sources, and do not ONLY travel to San Francisco. Guess that I will just get my FG "fix" elsewhere.


                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        You're taking me back to The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Bill :=) I, too, love seared foie gras. Was there last as a guest of the National Dairy Council. When the chef found that he was to serve a bevie of food editors, he pulled out all the stops! I will go to my grave and never again have a meal such as that! At Fauchon's once in Paris, I bought a large $150 (USD) tin of foie gras and had it shipped to a lieutenant colonel friend of mine at Ft. Lee, VA. Well, he stuck it in a desk drawer and promptly forgot it. That is until the can exploded about six months later. He didn't realize it needed to be refrigerated :=)

                        1. re: pilotgirl210

                          Oh what a tragedy!

                          Sorry to hear of that, but suppose that I have done worse in my life.

                          So long as The Green House in Mayfair does FG, I think that I will survive.


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              1. Did you find any spectacular foie dishes?? We are going in June (2014) and my husband's priority is to find some restaurants serving it. He loves the foie sushi prep so we will have to try Hiroshi. We are staying in Ko Olina but will drive for foie.