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March 31, 2006

Switching Gears

Ginger Crusted Onaga, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette,
Kamuela Sweet Corn, Shiitake Mushrooms
Who needs Pahu i'a anyway, right?

We had always planned on cancelling one night's reservation at Pahu i'a to try out another restaurant, but we didn't expect it to go so well.

Given how much we've enjoyed our lunches at the Hualalai Grill by Alan Wong, it's really ridiculous that we didn't get around to trying it for dinner until tonight. We gave the tasting menu a shot, and had a really fun and delicious meal. Alan Wong is decidedly not subtle, but apparently that's just what we're in the mood for at the moment... very sweet, very spicy, very sour... very everything. The dish pictured above is a perfect example. It's a hot fish with a cool sauce that was extremely sweet and tart, with raw sweet corn. There's absolutely nothing subtle about it, and we loved it.

So we're ditching Pahu i'a and going with Alan Wong for the next two nights. More to come.

As a side note, I'd now like to officially recommend the Fujifilm Finepix F11 as the perfect restaurant cam. The resulting low-light photos require a lot of level and color balance adjustment in Photoshop, but I'm seeing more detail in the edited photos than I was in person. We basically ate this meal by candlelight (with a very, very dim overhead light), and the F11 is still turning out impressive photos that are somehow, miraculously, in focus.


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