Alan Wong’s – Honolulu, HI
If you’re looking for fine dining and Hawaiian regional cuisine, Alan Wong’s is the place to be. Rated as the #1 restaurant in Honolulu, Chef Alan Wong exhibits new development, creativity, passion and good food. Drawing his inspiration from the various ethnic roots of Hawaii, dishes are created featuring local flavors and locally grown products. From appetizers to desserts, all ingredients are grown in Hawaii, even the drinks at the bar!
Staying true and authentic to the islands culture, I had the opportunity of dining in Alan Wong’s with long-time family friends, the Casamina’s.
Richard Ha’s Whole Tomato Salad
To start off our dinner, we were presented with Richard Ha’s Whole Tomato Salad. This appetizer was light and refreshing and you can definitely tell that the cucumbers and tomato came fresh off the island. To top the salad off was a li hing mui ume vinaigrette that gave the dish a nice sweet and tart flavor!
Porcupine? Cupine? NO! We’re talking about Poki-pines. These crispy won ton wrapped ahi poke balls are tasty. Accompanied with avocado and wasabi sauce, this spiky number is definitely something to try!
Chopped Ahi Sashimi & Avocado Salsa Stack
If you like guac, chips and salsa, this is a fancy take on the infamous number. Composed of chopped ahi sashimi and avocado, this salsa stack had crispy won ton’s to give it a little extra crunch and spicy aioli and wasabi soy to bring everything together. Probably my second favorite appetizer on the menu!
‘Da Bag’ (exterior)
Who would’ve thought you could cook a dish in a bag?! Instead of using parchment paper, Alan Wong bakes fresh seafood in one easy foil bag. Now that’s a different technique!
‘Da Bag’ (interior)
Inside the bag was a wonderful dish full of steamed clams, kalua pig, and shiitake mushrooms. The dish was super flavorful and extremely vibrant with all of the ingredients.
And for the finale of the appetizers, lobster escargot! This was my favorite. Not being a fan of traditional escargot and constantly passing my turn whenever the dish presents itself, I was extremely excited to try this! Using fresh keyhole lobster, the texture of the produce was nice and chewy and was accompanied with a delicious garlic butter sauce!
Ginger Crusted Onaga, Pacific Long-tail Red Snapper
Yumm, some of my favorite ingredients incorporated into one dish. This ginger crusted onaga was accompanied with a miso sesame vinaigrette, organic hamakua mushroom and corn. The miso brought the whole dish together and the corn added a little nice sweet crunch to the flakey fish!
Twice Cooked Shortribs Soy Braised & Grilled Kalbi Style
If you love a little kick of sweet in a savory dish, the twice cooked shortrib dish is the way to go! Braised in soy and grilled Kalbi style, this number was accompanied with gingered shrimp, ko choo jang sauce and grilled eggplant. These shortribs were to die for!
Here are two other main courses to watch out for!
Macadamia Nut-Coconut Crusted Lamb
Accompanied with Asian ratatouille, roasted garlic smashed potatoes, and red wine lamb jus.
This French classic was composed of fresh prawns, mussels, parsley and fresh fish.
This Haupia sorbet in a chocolate shell with tropical fruits and lilikoi sauce was probably one of the highlights of my meal. The chocolate shell gave the dish a nice crunch and the fresh fruits and lilikoi elevated the creamy flavor of the coconut. The Coconut definitely embodied Honolulu as a tropical paradise!
Lilikoi Crème Brûlée
If you love a traditional crème brûlée, this lilikoi version is to die for. With a nice caramelized top, the creamy lilikoi was accompanied with fresh tapioca that added another texture and dimension to the dessert.
Waialua Chocolate Crunch Bars
If you’re a chocolate fan just like I am, these Waialua Chocolate Crunch Bars are just for you. These crunch bars are made with layers of milk chocolate macadamia nut crunch and bittersweet chocolate mousse, accompanied with a semi-sweet chocolate truffle and two chocolate crinkles.
Overall, my dining experience at Alan Wong’s was probably one of the best meals that I have had in Honolulu in a really long time. The ambiance, the company, and the service with our waiters explaining every dish so eloquently was exception. But the food! Oh the food was excellent. Staying true authentic Hawaiian flavors and using local produce, I can definitely second Alan Wong’s rating as the #1 restaurant to dine in, in Honolulu.
Phone Number: (808) 949-2526