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Ono Grinds

basnbull | Feb 16, 2003 05:52 PM

It has been a great week for eating! I think anyone coming here must certainly go to L'Uraku, Mariposa, Roy's, El
Charro& Sansei amongst others. Wednesday was a tough day for me,
had to make it through lunch at Mariposa at Neiman Marcus -
amazing Caesar salad with Grilled ahi, consomme', popovers with poha berry butter, and the sake martini. On the way out stop to buy brownies on the first floor, heavenly!!!!!Not cloyingly sweet just boasting rich cocoa flavor.
Then it was on to dinner at L'Uraku. Chef Hiroshi outdid himself!!!!!! We had amazing ahi preparations for appetizers and two beautiful sushi of salmon and ahi again. I had the lobster that is deep fried - first lightly marinated in mirin and a bit of shoyu, the thinnest veil of potato starch on the entire lobster body then flash fried to a buttery velvet texture bursting with flavor so confident that only lemon wedges were added to the presentation. A TRIUMPH!!!!!!!!!! We had Valentine's dinner at El Charro and Chef Juan pushed the bar to new heights with the meal. To start crab dip with roasted poblano strips, queso con fresco served inside a crisp tortilla bowl (individual servings.) Then a salad of baby greens with a cilantro caesar dressing, I don't like cilantro but the flavors were so well balanced it was very easy on the palate and delicious.. The entree selections were four, a choice of shrimp prepared 2 different ways, chicken with a poblano cream sauce (velvet on a plate - I like that term) and a rib-eye with get this, an oregano enchilada sauce. We ate everything available and enjoyed a bottle of Caparoso Pinot Noir from Oregon. This let me remind you is a very small establishment (not even Mom and Pop, just Juan and a few helpers) and he splurged and bought the hugest roses you can imagine for every lady that came in. With no adverttising he was completely sold out, Bravo! to everyone for supporting the small
little guy.
Last night we went to Roy's (sold out another night in a row).
We were offered their Hawaii Kai Crab Cakes which was a wonderful way to start the night off. Three hours later we had made our way through the signature seared ahi, baby-back ribs, lobster ristotto cakes, Hauula tomato/Nalo green buffalo
mozzarella napoleon, Lamb rack with lilikoi mustard sauce,
pork loin, bluenose snapper with blood orange sauce, mahi with the signature lobster reduction sauce, dessert of the chocolate souffle, green tea profiteroles, lilikoi cheesecake,
Justin Obtuse wine, and because I don't like sugar they were gracious to give me my favorite dessert - potatoes!!!!! This time they were the scalloped that my companion had on her plate that were crisp, saucy and chewy bursting with flavor at the same time. My husband and I had purple sweet potato
with our dinner. For us eating at Roy's is like being at home after going there for over 14 years (they opened 15 years ago) and it just gets better and better and better and........Every night there is awesome but if you approach and you see the shiniest, biggest chrome appointed Harley parked on the sidewalk right next to the first floor bar window you know Chef Ronnie Nasuti is in the house creating his magic.
Tonight we are on our way to Sansei - I know from reading this board that there is a lot of negative posting which I find
hard to believe. We have always had amazing meals there and they just want everyone to enjoy there. I am looking forward to going since we are a party of 8 and we can eat lots and lots. Generally the 2 of us make it through most a menu but that is hard there, looking forward to our meal. Tomorrow we will brave the holiday shopping crowds and lunch again at Mariposa, I think I will indulge in the bbq brisket sandwich and a soup since I don't have dinner plans that I am aware of.
Much aloha to you all - Happy President's Day Weekend!!!!!!
the grinding Basnbull

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