Alan Wong’s Restaurant…. ok, ok, not my friend, ALLEN WONG….
1857 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96826
Some people say Alan Wong’s is over-priced and over-hyped and others say it’s the best thing ever since sliced bread. I think I lie somewhere in between. I tried the 7 course tasting menu, like you’d expect me to eat any less… haha
Featured in the pictures….** I apologize for imprecise descriptions of the dishes, they took my personalized menu that I wanted to keep and promised to give it back to me. In the end, they accidentally threw it out, so I don’t have a copy of the tasting menu that I tried. =(
1. Seafood Salad – lobster, various herbs and green tinted marscopone cheese? Refreshing.
2. Pork sandwich – Take one bite of slow roasted pulled pork, drizzled with truffle oil (?) sandwiched between buttery crustini and one sip of a cold tomato/puree/soup. Textures were fantastic. Slightly too salty but overall good flavors and textures.
3. Mini Loco Moco – Mini quali egg, big fat slice of foi gras, a rich fatty meat patty!!!! the sauce at the bottom was very soy saucey and salty, but with minimal dipping with the rest of the ingredients, it was heart attack goodness. Couldn’t eat all of it though. Fatty foi gras and salty overload ensued. Good for only one fatty bite.
4. Some fish dish – By my name for it, can’t you tell I was sooo impressed by it? NOT. The fish that was supposed to be cooked was available, so they replaced it with this flaky, non-fatty thing. bah humbug.
5. Lobster thing – was it kind of tough? yes it was
6. Steak thing – was it kind of tought? yes it was, again…. and i was getting fullllllllll
7. Dessert taster – fruit tart had a nice flaky cup. strawberry shortcake was fluffy. the kona coffee chocolate mousse cake was the winner. It had wonderful coffee/dark chocolate crunchy base with smooth chocolate mousse. Woot.
NOT part of tasting menu
1. Cha Siu Quesadilla – interesting combo but still tasty. just like you would imagine – sweet pork + cheesy chewy of the quesadilla.
2. Lobster bisque – very mild, borderline no flavor…
3. on the side – (Garlic?) Butter – very creamy and rich. yum
Conclusion: I definitely like the concept – Hawaiian/Asian fusion with great local ingredients. Some of the dishes needed some help like less salt/less sauce/less cooking/etc, but overall I think it’s above average. Not sure if I’d go back for the price tho….