Steamed Onaga Special - The Onaga is steamed Chinese-style with a sauce composed of ginger, soy sauce, truffle oil, and olive oil .The sauce was truly rich, fragrant and delicious. The onaga is a tender red snapper, and has an extremely tender, springy bite. This is served over steamed saffron rice.

Review: Duc’s Bistro – An Elegant Bistro That Fuses Vietnamese, French, and Local Hawaiian Flavors

If you think about it, finding a place like Duc’s Bistro in the heart of Honolulu Chinatown is kind of strange. If you think about it some more, perhaps it’s not so strange. Duc’s Bistro is an elegant French fine dining restaurant, run by a Vietnamese couple, using fresh local Hawaiian flavors, on a grimy street of Chinatown. If you don’t know what you were looking for, the restaurant’s store front is easy to miss, particularly because they achieve their clientele mostly through word of mouth. This restaurant concept that can only be described as local Asian fusion, which is something that is pretty characteristic of the mixing pot demographic in Hawaii. Duc’s Bistro, in particular, strives to “cultivate the idea of combining the unique dishes of Vietnamese cuisine with the lush and fresh ingredients of Hawaii.” In this case Duc’s Bistro has a menu concept that is Vietnamese French cuisine infused with Aloha.

Duc's Bistro Restaurant Front - Definitely a place that can be easily overlooked among the vendors and shops on Maunakea St. In Chinatown

Duc’s Bistro Restaurant Front – Definitely a place that can be easily overlooked among the vendors and shops on Maunakea St. In Chinatown

Once you walk into Duc Bistro, you can see that it’s a nice restaurant with a pretty classy French Bistro atmosphere.

Duc's Bistro Restaurant Inside - The general atmosphere inside looks clean and classy; characteristic of a French bistro

Duc’s Bistro Restaurant Inside – The general atmosphere inside looks clean and classy; characteristic of a French bistro

Duc's Bistro Restaurant - The bar and tables inside look nice and clean

Duc’s Bistro Restaurant Inside- The bar and tables inside look nice, clean, and seems to be able to accommodate a large crowd

Feeling a bit ambitious, I went ahead and ordered a typical salad, main, and dessert spread for myself. True to my instincts, the food is as much of a fusion as their restaurant concept. Continue reading

Look at the consistency of that 62 degree egg!

Review: Shojo Restaurant; Hip Restaurant Bar in Boston Chinatown

Shojo Restaurant is a hip Asian-fusion restaurant that I was surprised to find in Chinatown. I usually view Asian-fusion restaurants with some disdain as there are many places that use that genre to serve half-ass authentic Asian food for a western audience. However, Shojo serves a style that I would describe as Contemporary Asian Cuisine or Hip/Modern Asian Fusion that can easily fit-in with the trendy shops of New York’s East Village neighborhood.

From the outer appearance under the sign of the China Pearl restaurant (a long time establishment in Chinatown known for pretty decent dim sum), and next to a stereotypical Chinese Travel agency, Shojo offers an escape to a solid, nice restaurant bar that may make you forget that you are in the traditional and somewhat grimy neighborhood of Boston Chinatown.

Shojo Restaurant sandwiched between China Pearl and Trans Pacific Travel Agency

Shojo Restaurant sandwiched between China Pearl and Trans Pacific Travel Agency

 

This looks promising:

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If you don’t look for the restaurant, you could easily miss it. Once you are in the restaurant, the ambiance will immediately make you forget you are in Boston Chinatown. The walls are decorated with hip-hop inspired graffiti art and Asian artifacts. The television is playing a Bruce Lee movie to the beat of Kanye in the background. The tables are packed with people and small plates. The bar prominently displays Japanese premium beers and whiskey that most bars wouldn’t stock (I was really happy to see Yamazaki, Hibiki, Hakushu, and Nikka Coffee whiskey being displayed). Shojo can easily be a new favorite restaurant bar for a variety of reasons.

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