Restaurants & Bars 4

Chef Mavro and Alan Wong

robinsilver | May 26, 200805:29 PM

We were in Honolulu 8 years ago, and had a spectacular dinner at Alan Wong's that we still talk about. This past Saturday night we were in Honolulu again just over night due to an itinerary change on our cruise. Alan Wong's only had voice mail at 5 pm, and did not call us back. We thought about trying Sam Choy's Diamondhead, but my husband was a little wary, so he did his own searching and came up with Chef Mavro. All I can say that it was at least as great a meal as Alan Wong. We had the 6 course meal paired with wines. What I really liked was the fact that they allowed me to substitute the steak dish from the 4 course, for the lamb on the 6. We also upgraded the 2 wines that had a connoiseur wine. The pairings worked so well with each dish. The amuse that was served to start was delightful. This was followed by a fois gras terrine with pickled kumquats. The way the wine set off the flavor of the kumquats was amazing. The glazed hamachi with pickled veggies was next. The lobster over a corn stew, followed by the steak, a goat cheese terrine, and the dessert, were just each more delicious than the last. What I have come to realize is that our greatest meals are those that we do not expect to be that great, and are pleasantly surprised. I know that it is not un the price category for many, but if you really want a special meal while in Honolulu, I highly recommend this.

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