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Best foie gras dishes on O'ahu

letsindulge Jul 26, 2012 03:47 PM

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. russkar RE: letsindulge Jul 26, 2012 05:02 PM

    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. Debbie M RE: letsindulge Jul 26, 2012 07:17 PM

      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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        letsindulge RE: Debbie M Jul 26, 2012 08:59 PM

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

      2. Bill Hunt RE: letsindulge Jul 27, 2012 07:33 PM

        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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          manomin RE: Bill Hunt Jul 27, 2012 09:30 PM

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

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            letsindulge RE: Bill Hunt Jul 28, 2012 01:25 AM

            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.

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              russkar RE: letsindulge Jul 28, 2012 02:04 AM

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

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                Bill Hunt RE: russkar Jul 28, 2012 08:06 PM

                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.


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                  russkar RE: Bill Hunt Jul 28, 2012 08:40 PM

                  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
                    Bill Hunt RE: russkar Jul 30, 2012 07:20 PM

                    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?



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                    letsindulge RE: Bill Hunt Jul 30, 2012 10:44 AM

                    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.

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                      Bill Hunt RE: letsindulge Jul 30, 2012 07:24 PM

                      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.


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                        pilotgirl210 RE: Bill Hunt Jul 31, 2012 04:01 PM

                        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 :=)

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                          Bill Hunt RE: pilotgirl210 Aug 1, 2012 08:05 PM

                          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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              Ela0427 RE: letsindulge Mar 5, 2014 10:21 AM

              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.

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                ladybugthepug RE: letsindulge Mar 6, 2014 07:13 PM

                My fave is the "Soup and Sandwich" on the tasting menu at Alan Wong's

                Chilled Vine Ripened Hamakua Springs Tomato Soup, Grilled Mozzarella Cheese, Foie Gras, Kalua Pig Sandwich

                Even though it's only listed on the tasting menu, they let my wife order one as an app.

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                  Ela0427 RE: ladybugthepug Mar 6, 2014 10:55 PM

                  Thank you, it sounds delicious

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                    Debbie M RE: ladybugthepug Mar 10, 2014 07:47 PM

                    The Soup and Sandwich, which I've had as part of the tasting menu, is a super tasty combination of different textures (in the picture below, you can't see the lovely yin and yang design of the soup). But, because I am also from California, I couldn't resist ordering an additional appetizer of foie gras with a li hing mui chutney. The richness of the foie with the salty/sweet fruitiness of the li hing was a perfect match.

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                    Foodnut8 RE: letsindulge Mar 22, 2014 08:15 AM

                    Also coming from CA. Any good Foie on Maui?

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                      kathryn RE: Foodnut8 Mar 22, 2014 08:33 AM

                      You should probably start your own thread since you're interested in Maui, not Oahu. People seeing this may not scroll down/may only respond to the post title.

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