Monday, October 31, 2005

Aloha Aloha! Day Six

Today was the last day we would be able to have a full day, since we would be leaving on Tuesday morning. Instead of going to Three Tables or Shark’s Cove, we wanted to make sure that we were able to snorkel… and see Sea Turtles. Sure enough, we saw two, feeding away off the coral reef like they were at a Las Vegas buffet. Looked good, but it couldn’t have been as good as the Angelo Pietro restaurant, who manufactures my favorite salad dressing. It’s off Kapiolani Blvd. and sort of tucked into a corner. I was so full from lunch but I HAD to try Angelo Pietro’s. They only had locations in Hawaii and Japan and I certainly hope they open up one in Los Angeles.

I ordered the raw potato salad topped with radish sprouts and their signature Sesame-Miso dressing. It was so refreshing and good. Probably the freshest vegetables I’ve had so far in Hawaii. Tempura and macaroni salad DO NOT COUNT. I also ordered the bacon/pickled vegetable spaghetti which was light and flavorful. Nothing difficult to make. I really prefer eating Japanese-style, Italian food as opposed to traditional Italian because I think it’s lighter. Yum. I’d go back here again.

And to end the trip with a bang, we decided to have an exquisite dinner at Alan Wong's. We crossed off Roy’s and Sam Choy’s because they have locations in California. We ran late because Alan Wong’s was hidden inside a non-descript building. 30 mins after our reservations, we were seated in the nicely decorated restaurant. The chefs worked quietly, yet efficiently in the open kitchen. The waiters buzzing around our table like bees in a hive. It’s rare that I treat myself to exquisite dining, and I think Alan Wong’s was a great place to experience Hawaiian-fusion and end the trip. The 11 of us decided to order appetizers and entrees and share with everyone. Here's what we had... (getting drool towel ready*).

Ahi Tuna Tartare. Basically it was a poke-pie with soy sauce and wasabi. Light, crispy and intensely flavorful .

Sushi. I didn't try this but I'm sure it was good. I had my stomach space reserved for bigger and bolder things.

Kiawe Grilled Maui Cattle Company Rib Eye. This dish was served with mushrooms, green beans and a port wine sauce... it was so good. Steak was too simple and plain for me to order though.

Poki-Pines. One of Alan Wong's specialties. Wonton skins were shaped into miniature pineapples and stuffed with ahi tuna poke. So good! This recipe is available in Alan Wong's hawaiian cookbook.>

Broiled Lobster and Abalone with Aioli. This one was one of my favorites. Eaten together with the aioli, the meat just melts.

Macadamia Nut-Coconut Crusted Lamb Chops. Awesome. The reduction sauce was a little too sweat and thick though.

Da Bag. Clams and kahlua pork are steamed in a large foil bag and served in flavorful clam broth. Nothing really special. I did enjoy the broth though.

Butterfish with Foie Gras. This was my favorite dish of the night and also my first time trying foie gras. I'm gonna try my hardest to replicate this dish .

Duck Salad. Moist pieces of duck served over greens. Bland..

Crabcakes. I thought these were sort of dry.

After dinner, I started to think my career options. I figure I can only do advertising for a few years because I am more interested in the culinary arts. Before Hawaii, I was talking to a few chefs from CafĂ© Pinot in Downtown Los Angeles. I expressed my interest in working there part time and they encouraged me to send in my resume. I like pretentious and haute dining. I like that they treat a white plate as as though it’s a canvas, with food as the form of art. I'm crossing my fingers as we speak because I'd be overwhelmed if I got the job. They told me I wouldn't have to start on dishes, so that's good to know. haha. I'll let you guys know what happens.


Kirk said...

Hey Dylan - Didn't get dessert? There's the five spoons of creme brulee which is amazing at Alan Wong's. Before I left for the Mainland I lived only three blocks away from here. It can be hard to find. One of the best things to do there is the Chef's Counter where you can watch and interact with the Chef's - they'll also give you samples of various items.

Kimberly said...

That food is preeeettty.

Dylan, just checking in as you commented on my blog. (Not sure when it was though, I need to change my blog to notify me when I get comments!) I'm going to link to you. Yay more local foodies... :)

Daily Gluttony said...

I love Angelo Pietro's dressing! You're right, that would be cool if they opened a restaurant in LA!

The meal at Alan Wong's looks amazing; that will definitely be a must-eat when I go next year!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Kimberly, thanks for dropping by. I read your review on Brodard. So good. Elmo at just wrote one as well.

Pam, please use my blog as places NOT to go to, and consult Reid/Kirk for places TO go haha. As you can see, i had ample ramen, mcd's and shrimp.

yoony said...


that's awesome you talked to them about working part-time. i am trying to do the same thing too, find part-time work. i have a few restaurants in mind but haven't gotten the courage to follow through. and my resume is filled with a bunch of business crap.

eatdrinknbmerry said...

yoony, i'll see how things go and provide you full report if i start working. who knows? you could be next. in the mean time check out their menu.

joanh said...

ahhh. Alan Wong's!!! After eating 2 days of BAD touristy food in Honolulu, our friend recommended Alan Wong's and I was in heaven! It's definitely like treating yourself. I've heard since then they've opened up an express location at the Ala Moana.

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