Skip to main content

Honolulu: Alan Wong's

Anne, Chris and I enjoyed a superb dinner at Alan Wong's. When we asked the hotel bellman for a cab to ALan Wong's, he said "Wow, that's the best restaurant on the island." He was certainly correct. The exterior is very, very low key so don't be surprised when you arrive.

The elevator to the third floor restaurant gives you a peek at what awaits.

Anne and I ordered the tasting menu while Chris went with a risotto. We were offered a choice of two breads to start; of course I had to try both.

The first course was a small pork sandwich with a cup of tomato soup. The sandwich was a perfect little slider.

Anne shows us the second course, a wonderful combination of lobster and shrimp.

The next course, a red snapper, was truly spectacular. The fish was perfectly cooked, most likely sous vide. The sauce combined ginger and coconut to create a taste that was both striking and rich.

Here is Chris's silky risotto.

The short rib's soy-based sauce was full of umami and gave a perfect contrast to the seafood courses

Anne shows the crunch bars that formed what turned out to be the first round of dessert. The crunch played very nicely against the mousse.

It wasn't anyone's birthday but we received this anyway. The table next to us also received the birthday chocolates. Anne and I assigned Chris to dispose of the plate.

As a final touch, we received these ginger cookies.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Decatur: Golden Buddha

category: interesting Chinese/Korean restaurant
summary: ask for the special menu---ordering the right thing is important

Hyesoon and I went to Golden Buddha on Clairmont for dinner. I've driven by there dozens of times and never been in. Even if I had, I probably wouldn't have ordered the right things. It turns out that this restaurant has a big reputation among Georgia Tech students as a good place for Chinese/Korean food that is good and reasonable. The restaurant is totally nondescript and, like many Asian restaurants, have a special menu that they generally give to Asians but not Causasians. I suspect that some of their dishes are ho-hum, but I definitely enjoyed our meal from the special menu.
My favorite dish was the seafood soup (which, by the way, is on the regular menu).  This large bowl is a half-serving.  It is chock full of seafood, a healthy dose of noodles, and a little greenery.  The broth was delicious. It was spicy but just enough to tickle your tongue. The tas…

Decatur: Janet's Kitchen

I just enjoyed a delicious, hearty dinner at Janet's Kitchen. It is located on Clairmont near Scott Boulevard. The restaurant is well-organized for both dining in and takeout. The prices are quite reasonable, too. The owners, who are very nice people who clearly love what they do, explained that Janet is his mom and that they named the restaurant after her. My pork adobo was hearty and delicious. The sauce was tangy, nicely salty, and very, very porky. I actually ate all the beans first---creamy and delicious. The rice was sticky, all the better for sopping up gravy. I also used the buttery cornbread to soak up the sauce.

Morelli's Ice Cream

Morelli's is on the southeast side of town.  I first spotted it while on the way to the Starlite Drive-In.  Some of the local buzz finally pushed me over the edge to make a trip just for ice cream.

This is a traditional ice cream stand in physical format.  That means there is no outside seating. Luckily, in the winter you can always sit in your car.  The ice cream is much richer than your typical stand, though.  I was in a traditionalist mood and went for a scoop of chocolate.  It was very creamy.  The chocolate note was there but not overdone; this wasn't some strange, offbeat style of chocolate.  They do have a variety of unusual flavors that seem to rotate, given the long list on their Web site.  Overall, I'm not sure how Morelli stacks up to my all-time worldwide favorites---I still dream of Rick's Rather Rich in Palo Alto---but it is definitely the richest ice cream I've had in Atlanta.  This experience also makes me want to track down a Westside Creamery truc…