4.9 rating over 5 reviews
Call 1857 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96826
Neighborhoods: Mccully - Moiliili

Cuisine: Hawaiian, American (New), Gluten Free

Overall
80%
Gayot
Rating:
16 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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LizTran

 Honolulu, HI
Alan Wong's Restaurant 5.0
 

Alan Wong's is one of the best, if not the best, restaura...

Alan Wong’s is one of the best, if not the best, restaurants by reputation on Hawaii—and for good reason. From the ambiance to the food to the service, there’s little to nothing mandating criticism. There isn’t a ocean view or any view for that matter, but the presentation of the food more than makes up for a sunset.

I’ve dined at the restaurant three times, so I have a broad taste of what the menu offers. My favorite appetizer is the “Poki-Pines” (Crispy Won Ton Ahi Poke Balls on Avocado with Wasabi Sauce, $15). Not only does it look divine, it tastes out of this world. The hot and crunchy won ton provides a striking contrast in texture with the cold and firm ahi poke. The sauce is complementing and unique. The price is steep for two oversized won tons, but worth the money.

For something refreshing, I like the Hamakua Springs Whole Tomato Salad with Li Hing Mui Vinaigrette ($9.50). It’s literally a whole tomato, and I literally must get it every time I come. The tomato is fresh, sliced, and succulent; the vinaigrette is sweet, salty, and enhances rather than overpowers the tomato. To me, this dish is a perfect 10.

I just tried the Ginger-Crusted Onaga (Long-Tail Red Snapper, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette, Organically Grown Hamakua Mushroom and Corn, $35) last week. This flavor symphony was a masterpiece! The fish was so moist, the sauce was so light, and the fried ginger provided an unusual crunch—it was from no container of Italian bread crumbs.

Dessert is interesting. It could use improvement. I’ve had Five Spoonfuls of Brulees (An Assortment of Flavors, $7), David Murdock Estate Chocolate Sampler (Wong Way Hawaiian Salt Caramel and Macadamia Nut Chocolate “Candy Bar”, Waialua Single Estate Chocolate “Bar”, Chocolate Sorbet, $12.50), and Flavors of Hawaii Cheesecakes (A Tasting of Cheesecakes: Hawaiian Vanilla Bean with Pineapple “Mojito” Relish, “Lava Flow”: Coconut with Strawberry Yuzu Comopte, Okinawan Sweet Potato with Haupia Sorbet, Kona Coffee, $8.50). Alan Wong’s tries too hard to reflect Hawaii in its dessert and in doing so, it complicates an otherwise simple, tasty dessert like cheesecake. All the desserts are beautifully presented with intricate details and lovely garnishes, but it might taste better if simplified.

Although the endings are bittersweet, they don’t take away from the rest of the meal. Alan Wong’s blends classic and modern for an innovative and profound experience. It’s not cheap and it’s not an everyday affair, but it’s definitely worth saving up for.

Alan Wong's Restaurant 5.0
 

Mochi crusted opakapaka is amazing.

Mochi crusted opakapaka is amazing.

Alan Wong's Restaurant 5.0
October 6, 2012
 

Favorite

I just found my second favorite restaurant. They have amazingly cooked food with complete ingredients on it that makes it so delicious. Love it so much. My first favorite is in Kansas, back in my place.
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Alan Wong's Restaurant 1
August 9, 2012
 

One would think that after 15 years, Alan Wong's might have waned in popularity, but this eponymous restaurant is as hot as ever. It is not the setting that makes the place---the restaurant, though Cal-bistro pleasant inside, is on the…
Alan Wong's Restaurant 5.0
February 8, 2012
 

Hawaiian Favorite

Tried the Mini Loco Moco, Mochi Crusted Unagi Meat Loaf, Sunny Side Quail Egg, Wasabi Kabayaki Sauce. Overall good Asian Hawaiian fusion dishes in a nice atmosphere. Good place for date night.

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Hawaiian American (New) McCully-Moiliili
Tips
  • The usually crowded dining room can get a little loud. To avoid the noise, call ahead and request a table away from the hustle and bustle.
  • An impressive wine list is remarkably up to date with California and Washington whites.
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Consistently voted as one of Hawaii's best restaurants, James Beard award-winning Chef Alan Wong uses the freshest locally grown produce and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to create local favorites with a contemporary twist. Inspired by the unique ethnic influences found in Hawaii today, his menu reflects Hawaii's cultural diversity of its people, traditions, and lifestyles. "Taste Hawaii."

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