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The Three Faces of Le Bistro
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.