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

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served
with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

Review: Broadard Restaurant in Orange County

The Broadard Restaurant on Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, Orange County is a hidden gem that is worth visiting if you’re around Los Angeles. The Vietnamese restaurant is behind the Mall of Fortune plaza and is easily one of the better Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Not only is the place spacious and clean, the food it serves are reasonably priced (~$5-8 for most dishes) and incredibly delicious; taking in the flavors of authentic Vietnamese family cooking.

(Left) Chaïo Toâm Cuoán, Shrimp Spring Roll – grilled shrimp paste wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, carrots, daikon, mint, cilantro, chives & cucumber served with house special sauce (Right) Nem Nöôùng Cuoán, Pork Spring Roll – grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon & mint served with house special sauce

(Left) Chaïo Toâm Cuoán, Shrimp Spring Roll – grilled shrimp paste wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, carrots, daikon, mint, cilantro, chives & cucumber served with house special sauce.
(Right) Nem Nöôùng Cuoán, Pork Spring Roll – grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon & mint served with house special sauce.

The Spring Rolls are done incredible well with a generous amount of flavors and ingredients, The ingredients are balanced,work well together, and explodes with flavor even as you want to dunk it in either the savory house special sauce or sweet and sour fish sauce. Definitely one of the best shrimp and bbq pork spring rolls I’ve had.

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

Chaû Gioø, Eggroll – crispy rice paper rolls filled with pork, wood ear mushroom, clear vermicelli & vegetables served with Asian greens & lime chili fish sauce

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