Alan Wong’s offers a true taste of Hawaii

Posted: January 5, 2009 by Nathan Kam in Eating and Drinking, Hawaiian Islands, Oahu, Oahu, Travel
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If you’re a foodie in search of a true taste of Hawaii, Alan Wong’s Restaurant is your answer. Just watch the video above and you’ll understand why. Chef Wong is all about giving his guests a true slice of Hawaii, serving things grown off our land and from the sea, in a style all his own. The result is a creative presentation of flavors, textures, and representation of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic heritage on each plate.

I’ve been a fan of Chef Wong’s Hawaii Regional Cuisine since the first time I dined at his King Street restaurant roughly 10 years ago. I’ve been fortunate to dine there many times since and I’m yet to have something on the menu I didn’t like. The Hamakua Springs Tomato, Beet and Avocado Salad with Li Hing Mui Ume Vinaigrette is reason enough for me to go back. It’s a nice restaurant tucked away in an unassuming location in a building you probably wouldn’t expect to find a restaurant of this caliber. The service is always great and the food always consistently delicious. Afterall, the restaurant was ranked #8 in America by Gourmet magazine last year and President-Elect Barack Obama recently dined here on his recent Hawaii vacation.

So when my mom asked “where should we go to eat on Christmas Eve?”, I didn’t even have to think twice before suggesting Alan Wong’s and I’m glad we went. The restaurant featured a five course prix fixe menu that was just remarkable. Here’s how the night went:


AMUSE BOUCHE: Araimo Potato Croquette with Sevruga Caviar


FIRST COURSE (Choice 1): “Oxtail Soup” - Braised Oxtail Terrine, Peanuts, Ginger, Grated Mochi


FIRST COURSE (Choice 2): "Scallop Dumpling” - "Superior" Broth, Spinach, Shiitake Mushrooms


SECOND COURSE: Seared Ahi with Edamame Mousse, Soy Calamansi Sauce


THIRD COURSE: Butter Poached Lobster with Lobster Sausage, Miso Mustard Vinaigrette, Tokyo Negi Sauerkraut


ENTREE: Smoked Kurobuta Pork Chop with Braised Red Cabbage, Foie Gras Bread Dumpling, Ohelo Cranberry Sauce


ENTREE: Maui Cattle Company Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper Coconut Sauce, Hamakua Mushrooms, Swiss Chard, Baby Beets


ENTREE: Ginger Crusted Onaga with Organically Grown Hamakua Mushrooms, Corn, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette


ENTREE: Red Wine Braised Duck “Sauerbraten” Style with Spice Roasted Pumpkin, Gobo, Hasu, Carrot


DESSERT (Choice 1): “Caramel Dipped Apple” - Ohelo Berry Fruit Cake, House Made Hot Apple Cider with Green Shiso Kanten, Macadamia Nut Praline Ice Cream


DESSERT: “Chocolate Wishes” - Waialua Chocolate Chestnut Cake, Eggnog Truffles, Chocolate Sorbet, Candied Chestnuts


THE BONUS: Chocolate covered macadamia nuts

On this night, Chef Wong and his culinary team received two thumbs up from my mom and dad, my sister Erin, Kelly, Ensen, and me. Kelly and I also decided to go with the wine pairings on each course to enhance the experience, which I highly recommend. It’s amazing what a perfectly matched champagne, sake, and wine can do take a meal to a whole new level.


Next time you’re looking for a wonderful meal in Honolulu, remember Alan Wong’s for that special occasion (and his other restaurant The Pineapple Room at Macy’s Ala Moana too). I’m looking forward to coming back soon!


Alan Wong’s Restaurant
1857 South King Street, Third Floor

The Pineapple Room
Macy’s, Third Floor, Ala Moana Center

[Video of Alan Wong courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.]

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  1. Liz says:

    Your meal looks beautiful. I ate there recently and wasn’t as impressed as usual. However, your prix fixe looks well chosen & executed.

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  3. Gina Langly says:

    Alan Wong’s is the best! I simply love it. The pictures of the Chocolate covered macadamia nuts made me hungry.

  4. familienchristensen says:

    Nate, have you ever gone to Charlie Trotters in Chicago — if you can believe it it is like 10 times better than anything I’ve ever eaten! It gave new meaning to all the pr-superlatives in the food press releases!

  5. familienchristensen says:

    OMG–that looks sooooooooo delicious! I was just telling Keld last night that I long for a meal like from Roys or Alan Wongs! It’s all about meat, potatoes and gravy here!!! (And hardly any veggies!)

  6. BuzzBunny says:

    Sad to say, but I’ve never been to Alan Wong’s, but always wanted to go. That lobster has my stomach growling! =D

  7. Sheila says:

    Great review, Nathan. I’d like to give it a try next month. We tried the Alan Wong restaurant at the Four Seasons on the Big Island and it was one of the best meals we had on that trip.

  8. Nathan says:

    Aloha Colin and Happy New Year. Thanks for dropping by and you definitely need to check out Alan Wong’s on your next visit. It was great meeting you at Podcamp last year and hope to see you in Hawaii again soon. Until then…a hui hou!

  9. Colin Devroe says:

    Wow. All of the food looks so amazing! Consider me in on my next visit.

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