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HI 12-day trip report

TCUJoe | Aug 27, 2005 05:49 PM

First, THANKS Y'ALL! We had few bad meals (all our own bad choices), and it's all thanks to you.

1. Oahu; As I described in a post a few days ago, Fatty's probably is the BVFM rest. in Waikiki. Felt like I was back in Beijing or Shanghai. Had very good (IMO) Dim Sum at Legend in Chinatown, but was greatly interested by the food in Tai Pan Dim Sum, 100 N. Beretania St. #167 (599-8899), further North in the same shopping center. (Would some local please report and satisfy my curiosity. Did I miss a winner?) Had a good expensive lunch at the pineapple room and a WONDERFUL dinner when we walked into Alan Wong's without reservations, lucked out, and got the last two empty seats; at the chef's counter. My only beef was the $10.75 glass of Veuve Cliquot was the thinnest flute I've ever seen (4 oz. max), which made the wine a fair price, but not a good deal. Fringe benefit; turning around and gawking at HI high society!

2. Kauai; We probably chose wrong at the Hanamalulu Cafe by having fried shrimp and the combo platter in the front room, but I didn't discover the sushi and the Japanese rooms in the back until the end of our meal, dammit. We were not impressed by the shrimp, though I thought the tendon in the combo was good. On the other hand, we had a good meal at Roy's (2360 Kaihuna Plantation Dr., Poipu, 808-742-5000; perhaps a half step below Alan Wong's in quality and price--$90 vs. $110) including a good glass of wine (Roy's Riesling) and the best pineapple upside down cake I have ever had in my entire life! We also enjoyed the Thai cuisine at Mema (4-361 Kuhio Hwy. in Kapaa; try the Mema curry and the laab), and a plain, honest, good Korean lunch among the locals at Kim Chee R. (32600 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue) in the big shopping center near Long's Drugstore.

3. Hawaii; We liked the Kalua(sp?) pig sandwich at Buns in the Sun, but were not impressed by the malasadas at Tex's. Yes, the dough has a pleasant sponginess, but the taste - even filled - is guite limited and unidimensional. We ate well at Izakaya Kai and enjoyed it. Perhaps previous complaints about service relate to our waitresses very limited command of English. Be nice to her and she will be very helpful. She even let us use the phone twice for free. Our favorite meals were suggested by localboy; the pris-fixe dinner at The Pavillion Rest. in the Mauna Kea Beach Resort (a beautiful place that made us feel like high-class pipples. Though the waitress saw through our disguises, but she didn't let on.), and dinner at the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook (see his post of 8/5/5 to me). We arrived before closing (7:30) Sunday eve. at the Manago and WHAT A HOOT! Lots of local color.

4. Maui; We had two of our three best meals here (the other being Alan Wong's). See my post of a few days ago about Sansei and Hali'imaile General Store if interested. The yoghurt and grainola breakfast at Stella Blues Cafe at 1279 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei is GVFM, but the Royal Thai across the street is mediocre. Perhaps a more expensive branch of the "Island Thai Corp" would have been better. If you can get a table with a view, Pacific'O is nice.

As slow as I write, I've written a lot. Hope it helps.

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