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Several Oahu restaurant questions

So tonight is our Alan Wong's res and we are still debating. We talked to a few locals who say they prefer the food at town (I know that is a more casual experience) but I think that's, in part, because town's menu and farm-to-table focus is different than most places here (and similar menu style to every trendy place in LA) thus Wong's seems a bit more exciting to us. Also $80 for a tasting menu seems super reasonable. Though it's still a big, special dinner and would hate to be disappointed.
Final thoughts?

An update on other spots we hit : we did the omakase at Sasabune and it was our favorite dinner of the trip. Perfect from top to bottom. Loved.

We also loved our experience eating at the bar at pig and the lady -- got three items and a round of drinks and thought everything was fab.

Nanzan Giro Giro was excellent food and a cool experience but the courses were too rushed -- especially because we did the wine pairing (for $20 or $25 though the wines were top notch and well worth it) however when courses are flying out that quickly it was impossible for me to finish my wines and I ended up having two or so in front of my at a time. Halfway through our server slowed things down but I wish I had spoken up sooner.

Hoku's -- lovely ambiance and excellent food but we were diappointed in the lack of local fish for entree choices. There was only one -- mahi. Still, we had a very nice experience and enjoyed music in the lobby afterwards.

Also did a casual dinner at Nicos one Sat night. Fun bustling spot with great live music and I enjoyed my ahi entree. My husband loved the swordfish fish and chips other than the soggy fries. But fish and chips made with something other than cod was refreshing -- will try to recreate at home!

My fave poke spot by far is Fresh Catch. Everything is fresh and amazing and they allow me to mix and match. Ono was good too but nothing spectacular.

We are truly surprised by the lack of local fish choices at supermarkets but we have found amazing fish and prices at tamashiros in honolulu -- also a good selection at whole foods (closer to where we are staying but pricey) for the nights we cooked at home.

Feb 23, 2015
lsla in Hawaii

Several Oahu restaurant questions

Thanks, everyone! Interesting feedback on Alan Wong's. I've heard such great things but sounds like service is slipping. We've decided on Sasabune for omakase.

Oh and we are here! We arrived late yesterday afternoon and stopped at Duke's for a drink and to hear some music by Henry Kapono. Fun! But no way we could have grabbed a bite there given the crowds so we stopped at Uncle Bo's on the way to our place. Very nice and food was good. We didn't get too much but nothing was outstanding, though good prices and clearly popular.
A few more questions: if we want to get sunset drinks at HWAK where would be a good nearby spot to get dinner? I don't want to do the super upscale places at Halekulani. Anything else in Waikiki thats not exorbitant but still good? Nobu? Or should we go further into Honolulu after? I'm still interested in Sushi ii. And would you recommend Nico's for dinner? I was thinking about hitting that up whenever we go to La Mariana for drinks. Thanks!

And finally, i realized our house is not far from Le Bistro. Is that as amazing as all the hype? It doesn't look like much and I can't find the menu online. Thanks.

Feb 09, 2015
lsla in Hawaii

Several Oahu restaurant questions

Thanks! Killersmile, If we had to choose between Sasabune and Suhi ii for omakase, which do you think? Thanks for the tip on Kona Brewing. Glad we didn't show up there!

Feb 05, 2015
lsla in Hawaii

Several Oahu restaurant questions

Hi Chowhounders,
My husband and I are leaving on Sunday for two and a half weeks on Oahu. We are staying at a home in Hawaii Kai.
Although I lived on Oahu for a year 17 years ago, a lot has changed since then (and I have more money to spend on meals than I did in my early 20s!).
I have researched activities, hikes, restaurants, bars, and live music extensively and have lots of picks but a few questions I still need help with in terms of restaurants and bars, despite researching this board. A note about us:
We live in LA, the land of small plates, gastropubs, and farm-to-table fare, and my husband and I are just no longer that into sitting down to huge dinners and having an appetizer, entree, and dessert, so we usually share small dishes in order to try several things, and often sit at the bar, even at very high-end places. We find we get better service that way, no one cares if we don't order the traditional way, and we don't overeat. If we are going to do a big dinner, I'd rather a tasting menu, omakase, or something special.

That said, here are my qs:

Sushi omakase:
Where should we go? I thought Morio's sounded great and low-key and I liked the idea of BYO but I can't get a reservation.
The person who owns the house where we are staying recommended Sasabune, but I read a few reviews about the whole thing being super rushed due to the "sushi nazi." Also, we are happy to spend a good amount but I can't get a sense of how much the it is. I know it varies, but I'm seeing everything from $80 to $300 a person.
Other places I'm considering are Mitch's and Sushi ii. Thoughts?

Upscale splurge/tasting menu dinner
I had booked Alan Wong's, but the person who owns the house where we are staying said he doesn't love it. He recommended Chef Mavro first followed by Hoku's. Thoughts?

Shrimp Truck/Lunch on North Shore
Giovanni's? Something else?

Lunch on our way from airport to Hawaii Kai:
Considering Nico's or Ono Seafood (I know Ono would probably be better, but we'll definitely go there and Nico's might be fun for a welcome drink with lunch, etc.) Other ideas welcome. This will be Sunday around 1. We will be driving from HNL to Hawaii Kai.

Seafood Markets
Any near Hawaii Kai you know of that would be a great go-to spot for when we cook?

Reservations I have:
The Original Roy's (near where we are staying)
Alan Wong's
Nanzan Giro Giro

Other places I plan to go:

DINNER:
-Do a dinner "snack around" combining drinks and nibbles at Lucky Belly, The Pig and the Lady, and Livestock Tavern (all in the same night)
- Uncle Bo's (I don't see much about this on CH but it looks pretty good to me)
- Chez Kenzo (ditto)
- Tiki's grill (pupus and drinks/casual dinner)
- Kona Brewing Company (I know this is nothing great, but could be good for a local place we don't have to drive far to get to and sounds like they have live music) Is it awful?
- Side Street Inn (not sure about this one -- thoughts?)
- Nobu - maybe. We have in LA, but it sounds really nice here. Thoughts on a second, non-Omakase sushi if not?

LUNCH
- Ono Seafood
- Harbor Village (dim sum)
- Yama's Fish Market
- Fresh Catch

Breakfast:
- Koko Head Cafe
- Boots and Kimo's
- Cafe Moena
- Candi's Cafe

DRINKS ONLY
- La Mariana Sailing Club
- House Without a Key
- Pint and Jigger
- Arnold's Beach Bar
- Duke's

Any and all suggestions and comments welcome. Thanks!

Feb 05, 2015
lsla in Hawaii

August dinners in Palm Springs area?

Johannes is open and doing a great summer special of $28 for two courses and a glass of wine. Shame on the Moon is open too, though a more fun atmosphere I think the food at Johannes is definitely better. For other nice dinners, try Purple Palm at Colony Palms hotel. Haven't been to Ritz Carlton but Mastro's is out in Palm Desert and an excellent, high-end steakhouse, albeit it's in many other cities around America now.

Aug 21, 2014
lsla in California

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Thanks! We went to island oyster last night -- one of the recs here and loved the whole thing! Q. We're leaving boston shortly and were going to stop at one of these spots for steamers, but since we're heading to newport, would we better off stopping at a little spot along the way rather than in Boston? Can't find much online. Thanks!

Jun 13, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Thanks, all! I'll report back!

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

Palm Springs area? Any new suggestions?

Here's a story I wrote on places that have opened in the valley over the last year. For breakfast, Elmer's is OK and not cheap. For an amazing diner breakfast, try Rick's. For a higher-end, creative breakfast, go to Cheekys (though be prepared to wait)
http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/04/...

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in California

dinner in Boston, steamers in Boston

Hi, I used to live in Boston but that was many, many years ago and haven't been in over 10 years so I know a ton has changed. My husband and I will be there for about 24 hours later this week. We are staying at the W near Chinatown/Theater District and want to go to a very good restaurant for dinner AT THE BAR -- we prefer to pace out courses and share things and getting good recs from servers and always feel that sitting at the bar is best for that unless we're going to a very upscale, prix-fixe-type place.. Any ideas? Teatro looked kind of good -- I see it's same owners as Mistral, which actually was a hot place when I lived there 15 years ago! I also saw Toro was recommended by Eater. Just want a good atmosphere where we can sit at bar and good food, type of cuisine and price doesn't matter.
Then, the next day we'd like to go somewhere for steamers for lunch. All I remember is Union Oyster House -- any other ideas? We'll be leaving for Newport, RI that day. Thanks in advance.

Jun 11, 2014
lsla in Greater Boston Area

BEST RESTAURANTS IN PALM SPRINGS

I think you can probably pay the same amount somewhere else (non-buffet) and get a much better meal, especially in the summer. Several restaurants would be willing to put something together for you in your budget. Would you consider palm springs? How many people in your group?

Jul 26, 2012
lsla in California

lobster meat in SGV?

anyone know the best seafood market (near the 10, ideally) to get lobster meat out of the shell? Thanks.

Jul 28, 2011
lsla in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Italian?

thanks for the info. I'll skip it.

Apr 20, 2011
lsla in California

Palm Springs Thanksgiving

It's not a buffet, but Trio is offering a three-course Tgiving dinner for $35.
http://www.triopalmsprings.com/

Nov 09, 2010
lsla in California

Cheap Eats near the Salton Sea (Palm Springs to El Centro)

Try a fish taco at Fisherman's Market in Palm Springs (there are a couple of other locations). Make sure you get the Baja style, which are fried. Good stuff!

Oct 21, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting rooms in downtown Napa or nearby?

My husband and I spend most of our trips to the Napa Valley in and around Yountville, St. Helena, Pride Mountain,etc. We'll be going to downtown Napa tomorrow for lunch at Ubuntu and a tasting at Bounty Hunter, any other ideas for wine tasting in town? We've actually been to Vintners Collective before, but the tasting fee is getting a bit steep and we'd like to try something new. We'll be driving to Yountville afterwards, so something in between Napa and Yountville would be welcome too. We have appointments for Sun. and Mon. but want to just wing it on Sat, the day we're going to Napa. Thanks.

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Ubuntu Restaurant & Yoga Studio
1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94558

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in San Francisco Bay Area

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Actually, Liza, you're original post requested dinner recs (which is why I didn't give you Tylers or Cheekys since they're not open for dinner). I'm interested to find out where you went for dinner and what you thought ...

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in California

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Ah yes, Cheekys is a fave breakfast and lunch spot. I believe they're currently closed but opening again soon for the season.

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in California

Raymond & Co. Absquatulates to Napa Valley

Is Raymond & Co. closed? Can't seem to find a location, if not.
Glen Ellen number is disconnected and Black Stallion Winery doesn't know what I'm talking about.

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Raymond & Co
388 Devlin Road, Napa, CA 94558

Sep 03, 2010
lsla in San Francisco Bay Area

Cucina Urbana Question

I am going here for the first time Sat. night. My husband is pizza crazy and it will be hard to pass up, but from what I understand, it's worth skipping here and sticking with other things, correct? If I'm wrong, which pizza is worth getting?

Jul 26, 2010
lsla in San Diego

Zin, Palm Springs

I have not had great experiences with Zin in recent years (though my last visit was about a year ago). I much prefer Johannes and it's about the same price point. Johannes is really one of the best restaurants in Palm Springs. It doesn't have the gorgeous patio and atmosphere of Copley's, but is less expensive and I think the food is better.
For Mexican don't miss El Mirasol. Great mole and great patio.

Jul 13, 2010
lsla in California

Four Days and Three Nights in Santa Fe -- We're up for it all!

OK, well after much review, I'm not sure whether to replace Casa Sena with Restaurant Martin. Also, La Boca looks good for a dinner, and I'm seeing lots of mixed reviews on The Shed. Is it worth it for a dinner, or better for lunch? Thanks.

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La Boca
72 West Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jun 16, 2010
lsla in Southwest

Four Days and Three Nights in Santa Fe -- We're up for it all!

My husband and I visited Santa Fe for just one night several years ago and have been dying to go back. We finally are. We'll be staying four nights, but getting in so late the first night we'll only really be there for three dinners. The last time we went to La Casa Sena and really enjoyed it (this was seven years ago) and we were planning on going back there unless others think it's slipped or there are better spots around?
We're also really looking for other suggestions. For dinners, they don't have to be the fanciest places in town, but looking for nice spots with great food (and places that serve alcohol, ideally with a decent wine list). For breakfasts and lunches, dives are fine.
We've gotten a recommendation for a new spot called Restaurant Martin, but haven't looked into it. I don't know the area very well, but we'll be staying at a home within walking distance of the galleries on Canyon Rd.
Thanks and all suggestions welcome!

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La Casa Sena
125 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Restaurant Martin
526 Galisteo, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Jun 11, 2010
lsla in Southwest

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Where did you end up going? Maggie's ideas of Tylers and Fisherman's were spot-on. Love Fisherman's fish tacos! (served after 8pm at the adjacent Shanghai Red's for just $2.50 as well)

Jun 11, 2010
lsla in California

Palm Springs Family-Friendly Good Food

Check out Matchbox in the middle of downtown Palm Springs. Good thin crust pizza and sliders, but plenty of other stuff too. It's got a great view of the main strip and a bar with fire pit.
Also, El Mirasol for Mexican. Great mole and patio.

Apr 22, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting or Prix-fixe menu for big bday in Vegas

What is the difference between the atmospheres of the Swan Court and the regular restaurant? Which would be better for a party of four?

Apr 16, 2010
lsla in Las Vegas

do you love Chinois on Main?

I'm heading back again tonight for the Blackboard eats special. Which seafood entree should I go for? The lobster then? How much is it, approximately?

Apr 16, 2010
lsla in Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs Italian?

Thanks, Jeffandnat. I'll check it out!

Apr 15, 2010
lsla in California

Tasting or Prix-fixe menu for big bday in Vegas

Hello,
I'll be visiting Las Vegas with my husband and another couple (all in our 30s) next month. I'd like to go to an amazing dinner (in a nice, but not-too-stuffy atmosphere). I'm willing to pay about $200 p.p with wine or wine pairings, so I've been looking at Michael Mina at the Bellagio or Aureole. I've heard amazing things about Joel Rubuchon and Alex, but both of those seem to be $300+ per person. That said, if there's a place that's miles ahead of another, I'd consider it.
To give you an idea of our tastes, some of my and my husband's favorite meals of all time have been Le Bernardin and Jean Georges in New York. I've been disappointed by Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and I absolutely love the tasting menu at Providence in Los Angeles. (I much prefer seafood over meat).
In Vegas I've been to more middle of the road places (Rao's, Craftsteak, Nobu, Tao, Mesa Grill) as we're usually there to gamble and go out, but this time I'm looking to have a nice long dinner. Can someone recommend a restaurant? It doesn't have to be the best restaurant in all of Vegas, but I certainly don't want to be disappointed for the price.
Thanks!

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Michael Mina Restaurant
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Mesa Grill
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

Nobu Restaurant
4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Apr 15, 2010
lsla in Las Vegas

Palm Springs Italian?

Ah yes, I've been to Zini Med a few times and really enjoyed the tapas and wine selection. I used to go to Zin Bistro but had a blah meal there the last time, I should give it another shot though. I'd be interested to know what you think of Zin. For the price, I think Johannes is much better, though.

Mar 25, 2010
lsla in California

palm springs / rancho mirage takeout for a crowd

Pepper's Thai is great Thai food that can probably double entrees for you.
Also Matchbox Pizza for pizza and salads.

Mar 24, 2010
lsla in California