Burgundy

Overall Review: CorkCork

Service: The service was surprisingly good at Burgundy. The waitress and bus boy were both very nice and attentive but the restaurant was also half empty so it wasn’t like they had alot to do. One thing to point out is that our waitress told us that the Kajiki was a white light fish like cod and it turned out to be swordfish which we would not have ordered had we known. Upon leaving the restaurant we asked for a take out menu (to write this blog) and they didn’t have any printed but said they would email it to us. We figured this would be the last time we would hear anything from the restaurant but low and behold, by the time we got home we had, in fact received each page of the menu! Excellent services indeed.

Food: The food was average. The dishes we had tasted good, and were interesting but lacked a little wow factor. The menu is french through and through. For an appetizer we had the warm mushroom salad (Salade aux Champignons Chaud) which came on just regular romain lettuce (yawn). The mushrooms were well seasoned but overall it was pretty boring for $12. The french onion soup had delicious broth but no guerrier cheese (or any cheese for that matter) or puffed pastry over the top which is a staple in a good onion soup (both elements missing was disappointing). The best entree was the Wine-steamed “Kajiki” and Fried Vegetables which came with fried celery root, turnips and other unique textural elements. The scallops are so small you might as well order calms. The last thing to mention was that the first time we went we ordered Pomme Frites and they were crispy and delicious (could have been a touch more crispy but pretty good)! the second time they brought us waffle fries. When asking the waitress what happened she said the Japanese owners ordered the wrong item and they didn’t have any money to order new ingredients. This was frankly unacceptable. But not as unacceptable as misspelling chicken on the menu – Confit de Poulet – Preserved Chicken. Yup….It’s featured below for your enjoyment. Shocking we know.

Favorite Dishes: Salade aux Champignons Chaud (Warm Mushroom Salad), Espadon Vapeur en Friture Légumes (Wine-steamed “Kajiki” and Fried Vegetables), and the Pomme Frites (when they were the real deal and not waffle fries!)

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Burgundy is average like the food. They have both indoor and outdoor covered seating. The inside has a small bar and a few tables. The outside seating is covered by a tent / canopy and has a wall separating the restaurant from the street and the cars zooming by on the busy kapahulu. The wall does a good job of keep the restaurant quite. Overall the decor lacks a bit of imagination and could use some art, plants or statues to make it more memorable.

Consistency: In the two times we have been it has not been consistent. The first experience was much better than the second. Its safe to say its consistently inconsistant.

Parking: Parking is pretty easy at Burgundy (if you go early). They have a small parking lot out front with about 10 spots. You can also find street parking near by on Kapahulu.

Price: Medium-High ($18-$48) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Recommend
Take Out Not 
Available

Address:
1006 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 739-5000
Website: 

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Dinner
Monday to Saturday
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

burgundy mushroom salad

Warm Mushroom Salad

burgundy french onion soup

French Onion Soup

Wine-steamed "Kajiki" and Fried Vegetables

Kajiki & Fried Vegetables

Burgundy Pomme Frites

Pomme Frites

 

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

Address:
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

JJ Bistro & French Pastry restaurant review quiche

Vegetarian Quiche

JJ Bistro & French Pastry restaurant review

Baked Opakapaka

JJ Bistro & French Pastry pizza

Chicken Pizza

 

Indigo’s

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Service: Service is always pleasant at Indigo’s. The staff wears cool Balinese looking uniforms which match the decor of the restaurant which is always fun. The bar tenders in particular are always very attentive and make the best drinks! overall the staff is very good unless you go on First Friday when the crowds take over.

Food: The food at Indigo’s is a bit of a mesh between Asian, Mediterranean and French with an modern island spin. The menu has a good variety of dishes including interesting hot appetizers, salads, fish, and poultry – It is recommended to go for lunch and try the buffet instead of going for dinner. The lunch menu is very limited but if you get the buffet it is a good deal and you won’t be disappointed (note you cannot order from the dinner menu at lunch). They also have one of the most fantastic happy hours in town with over 30 Martinis to choose from all for only $4. It truly is Martini Madness and a great place for Pau Hana with friends after work (beers $3 and discount on Appetizers as well).

Favorite Dishes: For Lunch – Roasted Tomato Garlic Crab Soup (YUM!), or the best is to get the $15.95 lunch buffet – delicious assortment of cooked vegetables, seasonal composed salads, fresh fish, chicken, noddles, potatoes, pizza, hummus and at times warm appetizers. For Dinner – Tempura Ahi Roll, Watercress Salad, and Steamed Fish with Sizzling scallion oil

Atmosphere: Love Love Love the atmosphere at Indigo’s! Its so unique that nothing on the island compares to it. The restaurant has various seating areas all showcasing a different experience. The main dinning area has high ceilings and very modern tropical art & furniture. My personal favorite is the outdoor patio seating which feels a bit like Bali and you can enjoy a glass of wine as you can gaze over the garden outside. There are also two other bar areas and the Green Room is a wonderful place to meet friends after work and enjoy happy hour (Martinis to dye for! – big and cold) or for the late night crowed they have a dance room in the back.

Consistency: Lunch and Happy Hour are consistently terrific at Indigo’s. Great place to take an out of town guest if you go downtown for any reason!

Parking: Yup parking is not pleasant downtown but there are ample municipal parking structures you can select from. The cheapest one is located on Beretania on the right hand size of the street right after you pass Nuuanu Street (NOTE: this parking garage closes at 12pm and your car will be locked in so if you park here – make it an early night). Also Indigo’s has a valet service for $5-$6 dollars which is attractive at night when its harder to find a parking space.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Catering & Take Out Available

Happy Hour!

Address:
1121 Nu’uanu Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 521-2900
Website:
www.indigo-hawaii.com
For more information on INDIGO catering please call 808.521.2900 or contact Bob Grossberger at Indigobob@hotmail.com.

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tue-Fri: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Happy Hour
Tue-Fri: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Dinner
Tue-Thu: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bar
Tue: 5 p.m. – Midnight
Wed-Sat: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Closed Sun and Mon

Formaggio’s Wine Bar

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Service: The service was good at Formaggio’s and they had plenty of staff on hand. The waiters however, where not very good listeners and they brought us the wrong pizza not once, but twice during our dinner! Also on a previous time they brought us the wrong wine which was double the cost of the bottle we had asked for.

Food: The food is pretty darn tasty. They have good size portions for sharing with the table and the food is Italian-American-French. Typical items you can find on the menu are Pizzas, Salads, Panini’s, Fondue, Lobster bisque, Escargot, Foie Gras Crostini’s, Onion Soup and other good food to eat along with wine. The restaurant has over 50 wines by the glass and its fun to sample a few instead of committing to a full bottle. (TIP: double, triple check the wine you order. On more than one occasion they brought us the wrong bottle or the price was misleading on the menu!)

Favorite Dishes: Salmon Carpaccio (yum!) , Boneless Short Ribs in Red Wine (falls right off the bone!), Mixed Green Salad, Cheese Sample Plat, Pancetta & Pesto Pizza.

Atmosphere: Love the atmosphere at Fomaggio’s. It’s very cozy with intimate lighting, low ceilings, and the flicker of candle light on each persons table. The restaurant feels like a wine cellar or somewhere exclusive and is small in size. You could dress up, or dress down for Formaggio’s depending on who you are going with.

Consistency: Both times we have been to the Honolulu location have been pretty consistent. The bill was wrong on both occasions also but the wine and food where better than average and the overall experience was positive.

Parking: Formaggio’s has free parking which is extremely convenient and directly in front of the restaurant. They have plenty of spaces and the easy accessibility from all the highway, Kapiolani blvd, and Kapahulu makes this a great place to meet friends after work.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($8-$22) per Entree
Wine: Medium-High ($27.97-$95) – Average Bottle $50
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music Friday & Saturday Night!

Address:
2919 kapiolani blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 739-7719
Website: formaggio808.com/ /

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu: 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Fri* 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sat* 6:00 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday: Closed for Private Parties
* Live Music 9:30pm

Du Vin

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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

Address:
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

Du Vin Restaurant review

Daily Special

Du Vin review by hawaii private chef

Shrimp Salad

Michel's at the Colony Surf

Overall Review: corkage corkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service is always excellent. The staff is attentive, professional and well dressed! You also see your waiter throughout the dinner as Michel’s is lucky enough to have table service (i.e. they make the salads, soups and desserts at your table fresh).

Food: The food is delicious at Michel’s. The best part about eating at this elegant restaurant is that they have table side service which makes for a captivating and interesting evening. The food is extremely rich so its recommended to share a main dish or just eat a few appetizers for dinner.
Michels Restaurant Menu For Download

Favorite Dishes: All these items are made at your table! – Hickory Smoked Salmon Appetizer, Lobster Bisque, Caesar Salad, and Cherries Jubilee. French onion soup is also wonderful!

Atmosphere: Michels is hands down the most beautiful restaurant in Hawaii. The view is magnificent and super romantic. Its best to go as the sun sets and ask to sit closest to the water. That being said you won’t be disappointed with any table at the restaurant.

Consistency: Historically we have had excellent food and only once in the last 4 years where we disappointed by a watery lobster bisque and over cooked steak. Every other time has been delicious and consistent.

Parking: It’s located at at the Colony Surf so you may valet your car there or park at the Kapiolani Beach Park (near the fountain) and walk.

Price Range: High ($30-$70) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $25 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Reservations Recommended

Address:
On the Beach at the Colony Surf
2895 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Reservations: (808) 923-6552
For Parties & Weddings: Call Amber: (808) 728-3463
Website: http://michelshawaii.com/default.asp

Hours of Operation
Monday-Sunday: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Hickory-Smoked Salmon Picture from Michels in Waikiki

Hickory-Smoked Salmon

Sweet Maui Onion Soup picture from Michel's in Waikiki

Sweet Maui Onion Soup

Michel's in Waikiki table side service picture

Table Side Service