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.]