When in Hawaii we eat Hawaiian food, both the traditional Hawaiian food and Island specialties.
We had dinner at The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong. Alan Wong is one of the pioneers of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, which blends Hawaiian ingredients with Asian flavors. The food was very good, and they were extremely flexible in accommodating changes and late arrivals. The Pineapple Room has a 3-course early bird dinner until 7:00. I started with the gyoza (pan-fried Japanese dumplings) with kim chee (Korean pickled cabbage with red peppers)
and had the furikake-crusted king salmon with risotto. The salmon was very tasty; the dried seaweed in the furikake added crunch. The large piece of salmon skin was crisp, a novel and nice touch.
The early bird meal was $40. The wine pairing of three wines was an additional $12, a bargain. The Pineapple Room, in Macys at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, is less formal and less costly than Alan Wong’s, his original Honolulu restaurant.
We had an excellent dinner at Town in Kaimuki. We had salads, lamb with pasta, and opah. A fish, the opah was excellent, with a sweet flavor. Sorry, we were talking and forgot to take pictures. Dinner for two is $80. We couldn’t reserve a table for Town (fully booked) but managed to get a table by walking in. Perhaps Town saves a table for walk-ins, as the Pineapple Room does.
We had a mixed plate lunch and loco moco at Rainbow Drive In in Kapahulu, behind Waikiki. The $8 mixed plate has grilled teriyaki beef, mahimahi, and chicken. The $4 loco moco bowl has rice, brown gravy, a grilled hamburger patty, and a fried egg with two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. Rainbow Drive In serves lots of food for a reasonable price, and it’s very popular with locals and tourists.
After Rainbow Drive In, we drove up the street to Leonard’s Bakery for malasadas, a Portuguese fried yeast bread sprinkled with sugar, served hot. Leonard’s fills malasadas. We usually try the original and filled, and we always prefer the original. Leonard’s has the best malasadas in the Islands. We also had malasadas after our Diamond Head hike.
In our apartment we had saimin, wheat noodles in a fish-based broth with green onions and fishcake. An Island dish, saimin combines Chinese noodles with Japanese broth and fishcake. Costco sells frozen saimin — microwave and add hot water. We added grapes and beans from our yard, kim chee, broccoli, and fish cake.