A Time-tested Favorite
Let’s get everything out in the open: Alan Wong’s is on the third floor of an office building, there’s no view to speak of, and it’s in a residential area of the Island.
This restaurant breaks all the rules for “typical” Hawaiian dining, but it’s a must-visit in Honolulu, even if you’re only the passing through.
As Hawaii’s first celebrity chef, the restaurant’s namesake has earned awards from Food & Wine Magazine and Gourmet Magazine, and Mr. Wong won Best Chef in the Northwest from the James Beard Foundation. Everything on the menu is unforgettable, and you won’t find better service anywhere.
Their appetizers are spectacular and you’ll definitely want to get more than one. For large groups, we recommend getting a few of the “Poki-pines,” their take on the fried wonton, to share. Their spikes look very dramatic, and they’re easier to pass around the table than some of the other plated appetizers. The restaurant’s forte is making colorful, regional Hawaiian dishes with the unique ingredients that can only be found on the island. If you’re visiting Hawaii for the first time, this is an ideal place to try those signature dishes like Kalua pig, poke, and local seafood. Veterans will have just as memorable of an experience. Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama is known to order their twice-cooked short ribs.
Menu Highlights: “Da Bag” Steamed Mussels and Kalua Pig, “Poki-pines” Ahi Poke Balls Wrapped in Fried Won Tons, Macadamia Nut-Coconut Crusted Lamb Chops, Waialua Chocolate “Crunch Bars,” Locavore Hawaiian Coffee, and Brandy.
|Address||1857 S. King St., Ste. 208, Honolulu|
|Hours||Everyday 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.|
|Great For (size)||6-8 people|
|Attire||Business Casual, Islandware|
|Reservations||Two Weeks in Advance|