JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Overall Review: Cork

Service: The service was less than impressive at JJ Bistro on Waialae Ave. The restaurant is family owned and the staff was friendly but very slow to take our order or bring us food. In fact, the items we ordered trickled in one at a time which was strange especially when you want to eat at the same time i.e. appetizers and then entrees together, as a table.

Food: wow the food was bad at JJ’s and overall very lack luster. Everything was eatable but we only ate it because where so hungry…. practically starving! We started with the Kang Lao soup which was in a beautiful bowl but very watery and needed a bit more thickness or flavor to it, followed by the pizza which was so oily the whole bottom of the plate was covered in it. The pizza tasted ok but nothing better than we could have ordered from Dominos! The next dish we received was the vegetarian quiche which was by far the most disappointing dish specially for a french bistro! I mean how hard is it to make a quiche? it was just terrible. The last dish we received was the baked opakapaka and although it wasn’t fishy the sauce was extremely watery and had a strange flavor. We def wouldn’t return to JJ’s unless we where sticking to desserts because they looked pretty good. 

Favorite Dishes: None….. 🙁 bummer

Atmosphere: Ummm the atmosphere was very strange at JJ’s. The artwork is a mix match of all kinds of stuff and really quirky overall. Also the walls where really dirty which was a bit gross to look at while trying to enjoy your meal.

Consistency: It was the first time we have been and most likely the last! we went because we had a Groupon and thought it would be fun to give it a try but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Parking: JJ Bistro has a small parking lot behind the restaurant with some stalls for guests. On the weekend you can also park in the other retailers space because they are closed for the weekend. Besides the parking lot you can try to find street parking which is metered.

Price Range: Low ($5-$9.95) per Entree (Prix menu – $24.70)
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

JJ French Pastry
3447 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808)739-0993
Email: JJFrenchPastry@Gmail.com
Website: http://jjfrenchpastry.com

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 9am – 9:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

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Vegetarian Quiche

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Du Vin

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The overall service is so so at Du Vin. The staff is very friendly but not fast by any means and historically we have had better service for dinner than lunch.

Food: The food is pretty good. It’s Italian french inspired and they use a lot of yummy ingredients such as Arugula, Prosciutto,  Assorted Meats, Cheese and Fresh Fish so its hard to go wrong. For lunch and dinner they always have great specials and a Prix Fixe menu for only $25 a person. The deal comes complete with the daily appetizer, entree and dessert. (FYI: Du Vin doesnt allow any substitutes on these items)

Favorite Dishes: Moules frites, Escargot, Roasted Beet Salad, Crostini of warm Gorgonzola Dolce and Prosciutto, Pork Chop, Fresh Fish of the day

Atmosphere: Du Vin is absolutely one of the most wonderful restaurants in all of Hawaii when it comes to its Atmosphere. The restaurant screams Italy or Spain with its series of small connecting rooms all with intimate lighting and indoor/outdoor seating options. The Salon is the place you want to sit after work with your mates and have a glass of wine, cheese selection, and unwind. The Patio is the romantic place to sit with a date or close friend under the stars. The Cask Room you may find yourself in for a wine tasting or a family reunion. This room can be rented out for large functions and has a beautiful old bar at its center.

Consistency: The restaurant is pretty consistent. Sometimes the bread is a bit old but they heat it up which helps it taste fresher. On first Friday Du Vin gets extremely busy so for better food and better service come sometime during the week.

Parking: Du Vin is located in the heart of Honolulu so there are numerous public parking garages or if you have parkma (parking karma) that day you may snag a street spot. If not its recommend parking at the China Town lot of Beretania and walking to the restaurant but remember to check because some lots close up after 12am!

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Free $25 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

1115 Bethel Street
(Across from Hawaii Theatre)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tel: (808) 545-1115
Website: www.brasserieduvin.com/

Hours of Operation:
Lunch served 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Saturday
Dinner served 4:00 pm to late, Monday – Saturday

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Mermaid Bar

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service can be slow at Mermaid Bar but the staff is really friendly and as long as you are not in a rush its a great option for lunch.

Food: The food is Contemporary and seasonally inspired. The menu selection is simple with soups, salads and sandwiches but the Mermaid bar offers unique twist on the classics making it dynamic. Also the desserts are made fresh daily and irresistibly good if you are in the mood for a afternoon coffee and pastry to share with friends.

Favorite Dishes: Custom – Build Your Own Salad, NM Sampler, Turkey Chili and the Spa Wrap. (TIP: Oxtail Soup is the special every Thursday and is delicious but they always sell out so go no later than 12pm or be prepared to order something else!)

Atmosphere: Mermaid Bar is a contemporary, small, bright and airy restaurant. It’s the perfect place to go for lunch while your out shopping. The restaurant is very casual and has excellent day light. The art is also very unique and trendy.

Consistency: The restaurant has consistent good food. Often times the salad size varies along with the number of toppings but the food is fresh, good and what you are expecting every time.

Parking: The restaurant is located at Ala Moana Shopping Center in Neiman Marcus so you can park for free anywhere at the mall. Neiman Marcus also offers valet parking.

Price Range: Low ($10-$14) per Entree
Corkage Fee $ per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted

Ala Moana Shopping Ctr, Level Two
Neiman Marcus
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone Number: (808) 951-3428

Website: www.neimanmarcus.com/store/info/store.jhtml?storeId=31/AM&rest=200078&_requestid=42697

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sat – 11am-3:30pm
Sunday Closed

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Panya Bistro

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Service: The service is not very good at Panya Bistro. More than once our server forgot our appetizer which was disappointing. It also appears they only have two servers working at a time making it almost impossible to get a refill on your drink, and even paying the check can become a chore!

Food: The food is good. The menu is very interesting and borrows items from around the globe. You can a wide range of foods such as Vietnamese Summer Rolls, New England Clam Chowder, Spaghetti, Char Siu Ramen, or even Miso Soup and Curry! (Tip: Panya is also a walk-in bakery with cakes, breads and wonderful pastries!)

Favorite Dishes: Thai Style Rib Eye Steak Salad, Tofu Salad, Panya Burger, Homemade Gyoza, and Green Beans.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is very trendy, small and chic. The decor is minimalistic and the bar has a beautiful recycled counter top and cool glass bottles illuminate on the wall. The restaurant is small and very popular so it can be hard to go with big groups.

Consistency: Panya’s food is contestant and a good recommendation for a trendy lunch date with a friend.

Parking: Panya has a great location right next to Longs in Ala Moana Shopping Center. Parking is free anywhere in the mall and typically you can find parking on the second floor (close to Sears & Longs) and walking to the Bistro/Bakery.

Price Range: Medium ($8-$18) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Panya Bakery, Bistro & Bar
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Ala Moana Center, 2054B
Honolulu, HI 96814 USA
Phone: (808) 946-6388
Website: http://panyabakery.com/

Hours of Operation:
M-Sat: 7:30am-11:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-10:00pm