We all know its hard to find good restaurants in touristy places... you usually get lots of noise (certain restauranteurs dominate the tourist marketing machines)... you often have locals that have better things to do than obsess over restaurants etc., so you really have to work hard to find the local favorites. My impression is that Honolulu / Oahu is certainly this way...
I hate to demean Honolulu's dining scene by "holding it to Mainland standards"... I am sure its freaking annoying for locals to constantly hear whether something is good as LA, SF, NY, CHI etc., so I don't want to go there but my review is useless to locals who already know about Epic.... and whom would yawn with my "discovery"... so for the annoying outsiders this review is for you.
Epic serves fusion cuisine that is heavy on French technique with Asian accents (wow unheard of in Hawaii right?)... except.. .this is some serious dining (the wine list is limited etc.,) but the food I had would generate fans in any of the well regarded dining cities of the mainland.
I had an excellent mezclun salad... nothing unusual just extremely fresh ingredietns, perfectly dressed & seasoned. Then I had the Duet Canard... wow this was good. Duck Confit & a seared Breast... in a garlicky, Chinese 5 spice - butter sauce... sitting on a pile of delectable poi.
Very good espresso & some berries to crown the evening. Prices are extremely reasonable by mainland standards (the generous $25 duck entree would have easily been $35 in my neck of the woods)... the salad was only $7.
I have read several times of the disappointment by new arrivals over the Honolulu dining scene... I am starting to wonder if they know what they are talking about.... Oahu has some seriously good eats to go around (earlier in the day I had some solid Pho at a rundown blue collar place by the airport... and on another day... some solid sushi at a strip mall location).
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