French Restaurants in Halawa Heights

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Aloha Crepes serves dessert all day. Of course, it's in the form of a crepe, so the light treat seems somehow appropriate for breakfast, even if you order the Aloha crepe—loaded with Nutella, a sauce of sour cream and brown sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. For something more savory, crepes can be stuffed with portobello mushrooms or grilled chicken or made into pizza-like envelopes that, with the correct postage, the US Postal Service will deliver. For a lighter dessert option, Aloha Snowflakes promise a treat that's part ice cream, part shaved ice with the consistency of frozen cotton candy. Snow ice comes in a variety of flavors made from fresh fruits, juices, and extracts with added milk.

98-020 Kamehameha Hwy
Aiea,
HI
US

Chef JJ built himself an empire out of sugar, complete with chocolate pyramids covered in cocoa powder. He wanted to bring all things European to Hawaii, so he founded JJ Bistro & French Pastry, where he crafts delectable desserts and a menu of entrees fusing French influence with local ingredients. His baked lamb wellington features crisp bell pepper within a shelf of flaky pastry, and his seafood brioche combines the daily catch with shiitake mushrooms and black-pepper sauce. In addition to the aforementioned chocolate pyramids, he crafts key-lime tarts, chocolate-banana confit, and black-currant cassis in individual servings. He just uses bigger mixing bowls to create the same mouthwatering cakes for birthdays or weddings.

Despite the general European flair, the chef can't resist showing off local cuisine in all its glory with his daily specials of fresh-caught seafood. The mini seafood menu features shrimp, mussels, crab, and lobster, cooked to order and bedecked in one of four sauces, such as garlic butter or J'Jun sauce, Chef JJ's blend of Cajun spices with seldom-used contractions.

3447 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu,
HI
US

The Three Faces of Le Bistro

Determined Chef

Chef Alan Takasaki's career began kind of how you'd expect: washing dishes. From there, his journey split from the beaten path. Sure, he worked in esteemed restaurants across the world. But he also had all his belongings stolen in Europe, a twist of fate that forced him to move back to Hawaii. When he finally opened Le Bistro, it was just before September 11, 2001—an unfortunate time for businesses everywhere, but especially new ones. The chef persevered and eventually became celebrated in Niu Valley.

French Cuisine with a Twist

When Wine and Dine Hawaii asked Chef Takasaki about his style of food, he simply answered, "I don't really know what it is." Free from the burden of having to pigeonhole his cooking, he's created an eclectic menu of traditional French dishes with a Hawaiian twist. Sure, he whips up bistro classics, such as escargot and steak in cognac sauce, but he also highlights the island's Japanese influences with entrees such as teriyaki chicken and hibachi-style grilled beef skewers.

A Diamond in the . . . Strip Mall?

You've heard the phrase a diamond in the rough, but in this case, the rough is the Niu Valley Shopping Center. With fancy script scrawled above its double doors, Le Bistro hints to passersby that it's more refined than the neighboring fast-food restaurants. Inside, its crisp white tablecloths and dark-wood trim infuse the space with just enough opulence. And that's exactly what Chef Takasaki was shooting for. "I just want this to be someplace that's friendly and comfortable," he told Honolulu Pulse.

5730 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu,
HI
US

Property Location
With a stay at Hilton Waikiki Beach in Honolulu (Waikiki), you'll be minutes from Ala Wai Golf Course and close to Diamond Head. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Aquarium.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 601 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Rooms have private lanais. Digital programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and currency exchange. Planning an event in Honolulu? This hotel has 17,000 square feet (1579 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

2500 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu,
HI
US

The enthusiastic wave-tamers at Hawaiian Surf Adventures infuse students with their waterlogged passions for surfing, standup paddleboarding, Adventure boat tours along the southeast shore, and Hawaiian canoeing . With access to areas such as the uncrowded waters of Maunalua Bay, instructors give their students the space needed to learn how to balance atop a board while riding the backs of white-crested, aqua-blue waves or vacationing Loch Ness monsters. Whether cruising their Navy SEALs Special Forces adventure boat, paddling surfboards, hanging ten, or navigating a Hawaiian canoe, the team makes adventures easy for beginners and informative for more seasoned watersports enthusiasts.

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu,
HI
US

Le Cacao Bistro’s Chef JJ awakens sluggish taste buds with a menu that meshes European-inspired cuisine with the style of a New York bistro. Starters include the south beach blue-crab rangoon, which surrounds a maritime delicacy in sweet corn, red onion, and cream-cheese plum sauce ($7.95). The chicken roulé orchestrates spinach, cheese, and ham to serenade a succulent chicken breast encrusted with enough crispy bread crumbs to guide customers home from a midforest picnic ($14.95). House-made tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese festoon an arsenal of gourmet pizzas, such as classic pepperoni ($6.50), and a bevy of traditional pastas, such as chicken fettuccine ($11.95) and shrimp scampi ($12.95), nestles protein-packed treasures into nests of noodles. After dinner, diners can opt for desserts as sweet as a hard-selling Girl Scout, such as a gluten-free warm chocolate cake ($5.50) or creamy Tahitian-vanilla crème brûlée crowned with caramelized sugar ($5.50).

3441 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu,
HI
US