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Review of La Tour Cafe

La Tour Cafe
Ranked #483 of 2,356 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: American, Cafe, French
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Waipahu, Hawaii
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134 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Do you like French Macarons? Then you must come here! They have quite an assortment of flavors and very authentic tasting. Green Tea, Yuzu, Guava, Chocolate, Strawberry, Nutella and on and on.
Haven't tried the other foods but we always stop in for the Macarons!

  • Visited June 2013
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Tasty but not cheap”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

My girlfriend recommended this place saying that their "Eggplant Parmesian" was out of this world so I had to check it out. It was okay, acutally good. Came with a salad and pickles which was quite filling. For drinks, I had their Vietnamese iced coffee and I would go back just to drink this sweet treat. I heard that their price went up a dollar recently and wonder, for the location (it's kind of out of nowhere) and the atmosphere (kinda like a cafeteria) is it really worth it?

  • Visited April 2013
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120 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Bistro type food in an unlikely place!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

From the exterior, you wouldn't think this place would serve great food. But when you step in, it's very inviting. From the hustle and noise from the street, the cafe is fun and comfortable with great bistro type eats. You can never go wrong with the soup/sandwich combo's and don't forget about the French Macaroons. These are totally addicting!

Visited February 2013
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The Villages, Florida
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1,236 reviews
901 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 745 helpful votes
“La Tour: Next Tour, no thanks”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Friends’ enthusiastic recommendations urged us to try La Tour’s latest location on Nimitz. After some challenges to finding a parking spot, a modern scrupulously clean open area welcomed us. The perfectly formed seductive macaroons in the front glass case looked much like the ones found at the world renowned Laudree on the Champs Elysées.
La Tour offers a manageable limited menu boasting “Fresh” with breads and pastries made in house. It was beyond lunch and prior to dinner, “linner-time”. Sandwiches would satisfy. She a Wagyu burger, cooked according to the restaurant sign, medium, on a challah bun with pommes frites. I opted for the “melted” Ruben, pastrami with cheese and sauerkraut and Russian dressing cooked Panini style.
Orders are taken at the front counter and paid for at that time. Taking a table-tent style number so the expeditor could find us, we retreated to seats. The restaurant was busy for this in-between time. Baskets of sandwiches delivered to the tables appeared attractive. Within a short time our order appeared. The Ruben was just O.K., bread flavorful but cooked beyond ideal. The pastrami though juicy, was far too salty. The salad accompanied was mostly Romaine with two split cherry tomatoes. The creamy dressing was vile.

The ten dollar burger and fries combination looked o.k., especially the challah bun nestled in the basket with ample perfectly double cooked seasoned fries. It was disappointing that the fries had been held warm and were not cooked to order. The beef was neither Wagyu, medium nor was it as promised, fresh. It had an almost gamey flavor. The patty was dry and dense cooked deep brown to the point of near beef jerky chewiness. Staff later confirmed that the patties arrived machine-formed and frozen, far from the “Fresh” promise on the menu. The Wagyu-ness could not be verified.

Despite our friends’ energetic hoopla, our actual experience has not yet persuaded us that this spot is worth a second chance unless just for the macaroons which are indeed deserving of a tip of the beret.

  • Visited December 2012
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