PHO 27

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service was ok at PHO 27. The staff was very friendly but it took a long time for us to get our pho which was kind of strange since the broth is pre-made each morning.

Food: PHO 27 has the dishes you would expect from a Vietmamese restaurant including Green Papaya Salad, Soups, Spring Rolls, Pho, Vietmanese Sandwhiches on French Bread (these looked very crispy and yummy), Rice Noodles, and other Entrees like Basil Chicken, Lemon Grass Shrimp, BBQ Pork, etc. The Pho was average and we don’t think they used MSG which is always a plus (some Pho places you instantly get a headache after eating your soup from all the MSG they add). The other dishes were ok but not particularly memorable. Next time we will try the Vietnamese sandwhiches which looked pretty delicious!

Favorite Dishes: Spring Rolls, Vegetable Pho, and Beef Pho.

Atmosphere: The ambiance is really nice at PHO 27 on Waialae. The restaurant has high ceilings and cool lamps and artwork. Its bright and colorful inside and very inviting. The owners definitely thought about everything including tables that hold napkins, chop sticks and other items inside of them for easy access by both waiters and eaters! The only negative thing is they have a huge TV inside which is really distracting when your trying to talk to friend and family.

Consistency: So far we have only been one time to PHO 27.

Parking: Parking is free and super easy at PHO 27 as the restaurant is located in the same complex as Times and Longs which have 2 levels of parking located out front.

Price: Low ($7-$13.50) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Necessary
Take Out 
Available

Address:
3221 Waialae Ave
Suite 21
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 738-0027

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Sunday
Lunch & Dinner
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

PHO green papaya salad

Green Papaya Salad

PHO Beef

Vegetarian PHO

PHO Toppings

PHO restaurant pictures

Restaurant Picture

 

Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

Overall Review: CorkCorkCorkCorkCork

Service: The service at Salt is typically very good. Every once and a while you will get slow service upstairs but most of the time its excellent. The staff is very knowledgeable (especially the bartenders!) and very nice overall.

Food: The food is very good at Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar on Waialae avenue. The menu consists of tapas, a few burger/ sandwiches and seasonal entree items. The tapas are not spanish in theme but more like a mixture of fusion and italian with items like cheese & meat plates, ahi bites, stuffed tuna peppers, fried egg, fresh beet and arugula salads, squid ink pasta (a favorite of ours), Taco, Butter Gnocchi and some other interesting and unique items like the pork stuffed calamari. It’s the type of place you go with a group and share so you can try a little of this, and a little of that. They also have a large wine list (but where out of a few key choices) – keep in mind the corkage fee is a whopping $50 per a bottle! the highest so far in Hawaii we have encountered so you are better off drinking what the restaurant has to offer which is a lovely assortment of drinks including Whiskey Business, and the Chilango which is a tequila drink with grape fruit juice, oranges and mexican chili flakes for a kick. They are soooo good and on Happy hour they are only $6 per drink.  Also we noticed that sometimes it was cheaper to drink the wines by the glass than to order a bottle which was pretty strange so watch out for that as well. 

Favorite Dishes: Beet Salad, Cheese & Fig plate, Butter Gnocchi, Taco, Squid Ink Pasta (when they have it), Fried Egg, Daily Crudo, Chevre cheesecake with Caramel Popcorn and the drinks of course!

Atmosphere: The ambiance is nice at Salt. THe downstairs i like a big sushi bar which seats facing the kitchen and the only table seating is upstairs and is very limited, only about 6-8 tables. The artwork is black and white photographs that where cool a few years ago (trendy) but a little out of touch now… they also have some interesting colored pig paintings which give the room a pop of color and really work with the black and white decor.

Consistency: Since it opened Salt has become a regular bar for us and our friends. They are open late and consistently the food, drinks and service are wonderful! The seasonal menus are very exciting and we love trying new things and bringing new people to experience Salt.

Parking: You can park in the Kaimuki shopping center for a pretty minor fee of about $1 per an hour (or on the side closest to Big City Dinner they have metered parking which is more expensive but also close by). If you are lucky you can find some street parking on Waialae but its not easy!

Price Range: Medium ($5 – $21) per Tapa
Corkage Fee $50 per Bottle!
Reservations Accepted Upstairs & Recommended (bar is open seating)
Take Out Available

Address:
3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 744-7567‎

Hours of Operation:
Dinner & Tapas – Monday-Sunday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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Assorted Meats

salt kitchen in hawaii cheese plate

Assorted Cheese’s

Salt Kitchen mixed appetizers beat salad and tuna

Daily Crudo & Beat Salad

Salt Kitchen calamari stuffed with pork

Pork Stuffed Calamari

Salt Kitchen in Hawaii popcorn goat cheese cake

Popcorn Goat Cheese Cake

Salt Kitchen Tapa Bar bread pudding

Bread Pudding

Squid Ink Pasta at Salt

Squid Ink Pasta

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

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Vegetarian Quiche

JJ Bistro & French Pastry restaurant review

Baked Opakapaka

JJ Bistro & French Pastry pizza

Chicken Pizza

 

Champa Thai

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The staff sooooo nice and they feel like family since we used to go at least once a week (although in the past year have gone less and less). Often times its very busy and takes a while to order and get a bottle opener (HINT: bring your own or buy a screw top wine).

Food: The food has traditionally been always excellent, however the past few times we have been for both lunch and dinner the food was not as good. It must be related to the chef for the day…… The menu has transitional Thai favorites like spring rolls, curries, noddles and so forth. Be warned they use MSG in the food so if your allergic tell them when you order to leave it out. The food is so good you really won’t even notice a difference.

Favorite Dishes: Pad Seiew Chicken, Thai Beef Salad, Chicken Larb, Green Papaya Salad, Tum Yum (perfect for a cold),  All Curry with Fresh Fish is a sure thing!

Atmosphere: It’s a good place to bring a date or go with friends. It’s very casual, quaint, quiet (no loud music), nice art, and an overall lovely little restaurant.

Consistency: Out of the 5 years I have been going to the Waialae restaurant only 2 visits have not been consistently fantastic until just recently the past 3-4 times we have gone its been less than delicious so we moved this rating from 5 corks down to 4 (but maybe should go to 3 even). I would still recommend this restaurant but hopefully they haven’t changed all the chefs because it always used to be fantastic. Only thing we can say is each chef has their own “style” but for the most part it has been consistently good over the past half decade.

Parking: As far as parking goes there are 3 itty bitty little free spots behind the restaurant but you can always park on the street, the bank across the street or take the bus :)… this place is so good it’s worth walking!!

Price Range: Low-Medium ($8-$20) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Accepted & Recommended Only For Large Parties (+6 or more)
Take Out Available

Address:
Champa Thai Restaurants
2452 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Ph: (808) 732-0054
http://www.champathai.com/

Take-Out and Reservations:
At Pearl Kai Center –(808) 488-2881
At Waialae Ave. — (808) 732-0054 At Kailua– (808) 263-8281

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm • 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Link To Website: http://www.champathai.com/

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Champa Thai papaya salad

Green Papaya Salad

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Sweet Chili Fish