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