Why is that??? It's because I am finally sharing you guys a slightly different touch of my culinary experience, I've been used to reviewing western food and I don't want to bore you out so I'm giving you guys something fresh from an-also-fresh-newbie expecting to steal your hearts out.
Last Saturday I was invited for a food tasting and food bloggers gathering by Hawaiian Bistro and I'm very excited about this one because I'm finally going to experience Hawaiian culinary, yet not knowing whether it's going to end up becoming a good or bad experience, but I'm so excited from the very start. Technically, it's Western, but still, it's Hawaii! So there's still a difference.
Hawaiian Bistro is located at Pantai Indah Kapuk and it's one of the newest restaurant opening there. The restaurant itself is giving such Hawaiian pleasure for your eyes as well as strong brief description of how Hawaiian restaurant (yet thank the concept for being very strong and focused) should look like.
If you're looking at the first photo above, that's Hawaiian Bistro, the servants will greet you "ALOHA!" which by the way means "HELLO" in Hawaii.
Let's tour this place, it's a good one.
Editing the pictures to look retro so you'll get Hawaiied (what the heck).
I think the place will fit around 50 people, sometimes a restaurant is just perfect when it's medium, which in this case, the restaurant itself. I personally think that the ambience of the restaurant is so good and I'm fortunate enough to be seated just near the window, it was around 11PM and the sun was very friendly (by meaning not friggin HOT).
You know I recently got an email from my reader asking how was the air-conditioning at a certain restaurant I posted entries before and apparently, she is very strict with the air-conditioning system, I'd say that this place has a cool temperature, it's just perfect for me lah, not overpowering cold and not even hot, so it's cool, I'm guessing in this case, do not sit outside unless it's night (but sometimes PIK tends to get hot during the night) and you're a smoker, FYI they also have a minibar at the outdoor area.
Before we start, let me introduce you to the owners/bosses of this restaurant: Mr. Billy (left with black tees and glasses) and Mr. Michael (right). THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, SUCH AN HONOR! I have high expectations for this restaurant, why? read more and you'll know!
Now prepare yourself from becoming hungry because I'm spoiling the most ultimate foodporns in a moment!
Let's start with what's being served in order:
FYI they have a very nice menu design, they really emphasize the Hawaiiness out of them, and another FYI, Hawaiiness is not a word.
menu photo credit: Yenny Widjaja.
IDR 32k (before tax)
This is my choice of drink, I was craving for something that's either cold, a little sour and blended, and thankfully Hawaiian Bistro came up with this selection of beverage, it's such a perfect drink for the day, it's so fresh, the sweetness is not overpowering and most importantly, you still get the Mango puree so it's not a complete Mango juice. Worth to try!
IDR 32k (before tax)
If you're guessing that this drink is the mixture of Nata de Coco and Lychee, then you're right!!! And if you're presuming that this drink is sweet and fresh, then you're right again. However, I still prefer Mango D'Jango to this because I love mango and I think it's just fresher, but this one is certainly not bad too.
First of all, let me tell you upfront that this post is going to be long. Hawaiian Bistro is very generous in presenting the food and they just don't stop coming. However, it's nice because at least I have more things to share to my readers. Let's start with the APPETIZER!
Lolo Shrimp Wrap
IDR 38k (before tax)
Menu description: Shrimp wrapped in noodles, fried crispy, served with special Lolo mayonaisse.
Well technically the menu's description has told you everything, it's technically a shrimp wrapped in noodles, fried super crispy and crunchy. I think the mayonaisse sauce is the bomb, without this sauce, the food would be just okay and plain.
Still, pretty presentation though.
IDR 32k (before tax)
Hands down this is my most favorite appetizer served on that day! It's raw salmon marinated in Hawaiian Bistro special soysauce. I love how they managed to make the salmon smells clean and fresh. I highly recommend this one when you have your visit here. I hate it that I can't emphasize the deliciousness enough you need to try it for yourself.
Musubi Spam (Pork)
This dish is Hawaiian Bistro's remake of Japanese Onigiri, I call it a Hawaiian style onigiri. This is NOT halal since they use spam (pork) as the filling. However, if you enjoy spam, you should try this and I love the rice here. I wouldn't recommend having them on your own, I think this should be shared since the main carbohydrate used here is rice, I'm afraid that you'll eventually be full already before you even start the main course, except you want to cut the budget, but you're cutting the surprise as well!
I can't state anything about the spam here but it tastes much alike the canned Ma Ling meat for me. It's not a bad thing tho because I'm such a huge fan of Ma Ling and I know you love it too!
I love love love Edamames, no matter how restaurants manage to cook it, I always love the original ones boiled with loads of salt, that's still the best in my opinion. This one is different and however kinda works. They added a little spicy seasoning (sesame sauce) on the skin and the skin somehow absorps the spicyness.
The magic of Edamames actually work when you won't stop having it. I experienced it myself, which means: this one is great!
Mahaka Mochiko Chicken
IDR 32k (before tax)
Last appetizer of the day was this delicious Mahaka Mochiko Chicken. To be honest, this one is also the 'it' appetizer, this one was so friggin delicious, it's indeed spicy but it's so yummy and seasoned very well. The chicken is so tender and it's fried with special Mochiko flour butter until it's golden brown (semi-crispy). The sauce was so painfully delicious.
Hawaiian Bistro Loco Moco
IDR 65k (before tax)
This contains rice, two beef pattys and topped with two sunny side ups and completed with their signature brown gravy sauce. This one is also one of my most favorite, I think this one is so yummy with a generous portion, guaranteed to make you feel like you just had a large meal and feel full.
Anyway if you're noticing the picture above, there are two Loco Mocos and they actually have a difference: it's on the side dish. Hawaiian Bistro gave you two choices of side dish (salad) you can select: whether you want the green salad or the macaroni salad (-> my preference). You can also select the sauce between Curry Pineapple Salad Dressing and Sesame Soy Yuzu Dressing.
IDR 72k (before tax)
If you're looking for a large meal to kill your hunger, this one is probably a good choice.
IDR 69k (before tax)
BBQ Mix is another top recommended menu from the restaurant, it's basically three meats cooked barbeque style with salad and rice, one of the meat in BBQ Mix (BBQ Beef) is also included in Bistro Bento. I gotta give my thumbs up to the BBQ sauce it's so damn good and it actually absorps into the meat resulting an incredible foodgasm, okay I'm getting food pornographic but hey I'm just being honest here, Hawaiian Bistro really has great selection of foods and I bet the chef was in a really good mood while cooking them (well I mean, he HAS to be in a good mood always).
Three meats used here are BBQ Beef (thin sliced marinated in BBQ Sauce), BBQ Chicken and BBQ Short Ribs. I gotta give it to the BBQ Chicken for being so friggin good. Man, I'm hungry now!
Special for my table only. Got presented with additional BBQ Mix meats, without the rice. Thank you Hawaiian Bistro!
Let's move on to another round of happiness, the desserts!
Sometimes I am much more excited for the desserts rather than the main courses because I am easily fall in love with pretty looking cakes and whatever related to desserts. They're mostly beautiful and so pretty looking and mostly also taste as sweet as it looks! Let's surf Hawaiian Bistro's top selection of desserts! Prepare to get super mouthwatered!!!
Coffee Jelly Kahlua and Vanilla Ice Cream
IDR 25k (before tax)
Can I just drop it and say that this is just my type of dessert?!
First of all, it's coffee, which is already a good start, and I love how coffee jelly is friends with vanilla ice cream which blends together creating a nice dessert for the day. Not recommending it for non-coffee lovers, it tastes a bit strong but hey you get the vanilla ice cream with you so do try :).
North Shore Shaved Ice with Ice Cream
First impression: it's so pretty! but does it taste as sweet as it looks? oh yeah!!!
I was brutally feed by Hawaiian Bistro and I need something to chill everything down, and this just comes in a perfect timing. For your information, the owner told us that the way to eat this dessert is so unique, the glass and the plate below is chosen that way because we have to stir everything and definitely some amount of ice will fall off but that's the nature of it. Result? Nice. I actually like it both ways.
last but definitely not least...
Tempura Matcha Ice Cream with Haupia Sauce
IDR 33k (before tax)
From all the three dessert presented, this one is certainly my most favorite one! I love love love Matcha Ice Cream and since I've never tried a fried matcha ice cream before, this one must came in suprise for me and apperantly, I didn't make a wrong choice ordering this. It looks so pretty OMG why is everything looks so pretty in Hawaiian Bistro.
Special thanks for Yenny Widjaja for this picture of me! I love this candid!
Another adorable thing about this restaurant is the servant's uniform. It's so colorful and cute but not cheap looking.
OMG I'm so full now!
Going to leave you guys with a picture of the happy food bloggers and the owners!
MAHALO FOR YOUR TIME READING THIS BLOG POST.
Do come here guys :)
Rukan Cluster Garden House Blok A No. 25
Pantai Indah Kapuk
021 - 2903 3185