Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hawaii Highlights: Alan Wong's Honolulu Restaurant

As a special treat for my birthday, Calvin treated me (and everyone else) to a dinner at Alan Wong's - a very popular up-scale Asian fusion restaurant located in Honolulu. We were originally planning on going to Roy's (another popular Asian fusion restaurant), but after checking it appeared that Alan Wong's has more reviews and a slightly higher rating. Plus, we had already tried Roy's when we were in Tokyo last November.

For birthday celebrations, they print out a special copy of their main menu and the staff sign it as well!

Calvin and I decided to get the 5-course tasting menu, which consisted of:

"Poki-Pines" (crispy won ton Ahi poke balls on avocado with wasabi sauce).
"Soup and Sandwich" (chilled vine ripened Hamakua Springs tomato Soup with grilled mozzarella cheese, Kalua pig sandwich).
Seafood "Lasagna".
Ginger Crusted Onaga, Long-Tail Red Snapper.
Twice Cooked, Soy Braised and Grilled "Kalbi" Style Beef Chuck.
For dessert, "The Coconut" (Haupia Sorbet in a Chocolate Shell, Tropical Fruits and Lilikoi Sauce).

Each dish was simply amazing, probably one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The crunchy/soft textures and flavour combinations for the "Poki-pines" and the "soup and sandwich" were bold and spicy. The large chunks of seafood in the seafood "lasagna" tasted fresh and even yummier with the layer of cheese on top. The sauces for both the red snapper and the beef were savoury. As for the dessert, it was visually charming and definitely refreshing after eating the other rich dishes.

Oh yeah, and the sauce they served with their bread was creamy and delicious (as if bread straight from the oven wasn't already good enough). Overall, everyone enjoyed their meals at Alan Wong's. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly (they even sang Happy Birthday to me!). The prices for the entrees are about $30 - $40, so it is quite pricey, but worth it in my opinion. If you are thinking of saving up some money to have one fancy meal on your vacation in Honolulu, I would put Alan Wong's on top of the list. The restaurant definitely did not disappoint.

The sauce looks like Cheese Whiz or Velveeta, but it's totally not.

Overall rating: 10/10 (wow!!)

Alan Wong's Honolulu Restaurant
1857 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI   96826

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