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“excellent ginger crusted onaga”

Alan Wong's Restaurant
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Sat, 2/22
8:00 PM
Ranked #59 of 2,673 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $51
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Punahou Street and McCully Street
Description: 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."
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to Alan Wong's for 28 years, and the experience is consistently excellent or outstanding. This time the food was "merely" excellent, hence the not-perfect rating.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is amazing. Make your reservations before you get to the island so you can get in- we made 2 and we’re happy to eat here twice. Eat whatever is recommended - and you have to try the butter tasting.

Side note - the people are pros - even when they are in the weeds they are pros - worth the effort and money! Great food and staff

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank KirkPA
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

A total dining experience ! We ordered the tasting menu with wines. Each dish was expertly prepared and presented and was delicious ! The wines were not that great so I would recommend choosing your own wines. The service was excellent ! Highly recommend for a special occasion.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank 310tarync
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

When my family decided to visit Oahu for the very first time, I made a point that we had to visit Alan Wong's since he is so revered, respected, and acclaimed by locals, tourists, and foodies alike.

His restaurant is located away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki in the Moiliili neigborhood, a rather difficult location to reach from the Ala Moana Center or anywhere else for that matter. A very unassuming entryway, you take an elevator and then reach a nice dining room. Yes, reservations are absolutely necessary but at many times during our meal, we wondered why...

We arrived shortly before our 8:00pm reservation, and were seated quickly. There is a good view of the kitchen staff at work, with whom I believe was the chef de cuisine at the center of attention. The color palette was rather subtle, with beige-colored furniture, white tablecloths, darker carpeting, and widespread studio lighting. On the wall opposite the kitchen, there were six pictures of some plant life.

Our waiter was attentive and friendly to the extent possible for these type of esteemed establishments, although we felt the lady who replenished our water glasses and cleared our dishes was far better. For drinks, we ordered a passion fruit mojito as well as Alan Wong-inspired mai tais. The drinks were very good, and the mai tais were definitely better than the traditional version.

Bread service was good, one piece of warm, crusty bread with slathered some creamy aioli-like substance. For starters, we tried the Maui Kula Country Farms Baby Romaine Salad (very good) as well as dumplings (spicy but good). For the main course, we dined on lobster three ways (bisque, roasted tail, and lasagna), ginger crusted onaga, longtail red snapper, and beef tenderloin.

The beef tenderloin was definitely the best of the three types of dishes ordered. The red snapper was a bit on the spicy side, but was largely decent. The lobster trio was a missed opportunity. The bisque was too salty and the lobster was virtually non-existent. The roasted lobster tail paled in comparison to the ones offered at Duke's Waikiki and Roy's. The shrimp in the lasagna overpowered the overall flavor. At the price point sold, you would expect near perfection. At Duke's, you are served two large lobster tails with wheatberry rice at around $45. At Roy's, you have this lobster orzo that was creamy and loaded with lobster meat, and all at Duke's prices.

Despite our mixed experience, any first-time visitor to the Islands should make a trip to Alan Wong's, although I think expectations should be tempered a bit. Food was decent but by no means the best that Hawaii has to offer. It is a seafood restaurant serving local seafood and produce, with selected Alan Wong touches, but in order to be ranked as highly as it has been, flavors have to be elevated and creativity needs to be reexamined and possibly restructured.

At least the crunch bars stole the show...

Date of visit: January 2020
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Thank littlepiggydc
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

10/10 for Alan Wong & his team.

Ended our Hawaiian holiday perfectly.

The dishes were amazing - tasted so pure & fresh.

We loved ALL the dishes we tried...Da Bag (great presentation), Asian Slaw, Ginger crusted onsha long tail red snapper, Beef watercress Coconut sorbet - the beef and da bag were our favourites. All the portions were def on the generous side.

Dress code - smart casual. I dont think they would mind if men came in smart shorts. Its not a pretentious environment. The staff were great. Can request to sit by the kitchen - that would be interesting!

Would definitely recommend. Need to book.

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Metta_38
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