Continuing inauguration fever, we have here a few dishes for lunch from The Pineapple Room in Macy’s Ala Moana Center. One of two very successful Honolulu-based restaurants under the hands of highly-acclaimed Hawaii celebrity chef Alan Wong.
What does the Pineapple Room have to do with our 44th President you might ask? Well in case you missed it, The Honolulu Star Bulletin published a very interesting story interview yesterday with Chef Alan Wong about President Obama’s visit to his signature restaurant on King street in Honolulu this past December while on vacation back in the islands. See ‘Like being in a movie’ here.
The big question for foodies is, what did he eat!? Fortunately Chef Wong was willing and able to answer that question to inquiring SB food columnist Betty Shimabukuro (thanks for getting us that one, Betty!), saying then President-elect Obama ordered the Tasting Menu, which features a number of Chef Wong’s signature dishes. Yet he did make one special request that apparently must have not been on there, also asking for the Nori-Wrapped Tempura Ahi.
Hmmm, interesting. ironically, I happened to have featured the scrumptious appetizer version of that a few years ago here after attending a birthday party at Washington Place that was catered by Alan Wong. Here’s that dish…
Another item I can share with you The President likely enjoyed as part of that Tasting Menu at Alan Wong’s is the Chef’s super-tender, broke da’ mout’ Twice Cooked Shortribs, Soy-Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style…
Well, those are just two of many amazing head of state-worthy dishes to be had under the skilled hands of Chef Alan Wong and staff.
Now let’s get back to where we were originally supposed to be talking about here and check out the dishes my girlfriend “Diner K” and her friend the birthday gal “Diner J” enjoyed yesterday (ironically on inauguration day) at Chef Wong’s other popular eatery, The Pineapple Room.
She said they both shared everything family style, starting with the “Pineapple Room” Caesar Salad with Lomi Tomatoes and Huli Spiced Grilled Chicken…
Then once again from the first photo, another angle of that Pan-Steamed Onaga…
Where there’s surf, there must be turf…
They opted for white rice under that Kalbi Short Ribs, and ordered a bowl of The Pineapple Room’s Fried Rice on the side…
The Pineapple Room: Fried Rice – Trio of White, Brown and Jasmine Rice, Portuguese Sausage, Bacon, Ham and Kalua Pig, eggs and green onion
Not sure where this fits into the gastronomic picture here, but they also got an order of fries…
Finally for dessert, birthday gal “Diner J” was brought a complimentary Chocolate Haupia Ice Cream Pie with Oreo Crust…
How did they enjoy their meal? Overall 4-SPAM Musubi rating. Other than messing up on one order, along with the less-than-stellar dressing with the Caesar Salad and meat-overkill (too many different kinds) in the fried rice, everything about their lunch, including the food and service on this particular visit to The Pineapple Room was a winner.
The Pineapple Room by Chef Alan Wong
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Macy’s, 3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96814
www.AlanWongs.com – Official site
The Tasty Island rating (via Diner K’s guest contribution):
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)
• ‘Like Being in a Movie’ – The Honolulu Star Bulletin (1/20/09)
• Obama Dines at Alan Wongs – KGMB News Report (12/29/08)
• The Pineapple Room – a visit by Donna @ champuru.net (12/18/08)
• A special birthday catered by Chef Alan Wong – The Tasty Island (8/03/07)
• The Pineapple Room – Yelp user reviews (dynamic)