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.
Chef Mavro serves a palate-expanding, five-star experience that lovers of all things French are sure to enjoy.
Health nuts will love Chef Mavro for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Chef Mavro, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Chef Mavro goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
You can also serve food from Chef Mavro at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Score a parking spot in a nearby lot or treat yourself to the luxury of valet parking at Chef Mavro.
Chef Mavro offers safe bike parking outside.
Come to celebrate a special occasion at Chef Mavro.
At Chef Mavro, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
For French food too good to be true, eat your way through the sky-high ratings at Chef Mavro.
So when you're looking for some French cuisine to help you travel to France, no place's food evokes the spirit of Paris quite like Chef Mavro.
Fresh fare can be found at Nico's At Pier 38, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
For those tired of trendy diets, Nico's At Pier 38 s lack of low-fat food is sure to make your stomach smile.
Nico's At Pier 38 also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at Nico's At Pier 38, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Nico's At Pier 38's seasonally available outdoor seating.
The large dining space at Nico's At Pier 38 provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
If time is of the essence, Nico's At Pier 38's take-out option may be a better fit.
Through their catering service, Nico's At Pier 38 can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Nico's At Pier 38 is located near both options.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
The menu at Nico's At Pier 38 includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
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.
Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Duc's Bistro in Honolulu will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds).
Duc's Bistro knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Skip long waits and head to Duc's Bistro with your large group for easy seating.
Business casual dress, tasty food, and a classic atmosphere make this a great place for any occasion.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
That's right! Duc's Bistro will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Patrons can park in a lot near Duc's Bistro or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Menu items at Duc's Bistro tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
Duc's Bistro offers a wide variety of payment options, including payment by major credit card.
Le Crêpe Café in Honolulu offers flavorful eats and tasty desserts.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Le Crêpe Café is a great summer destination.
Le Crêpe Café offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
For those who travel by bike, Le Crêpe Café offers bike racks for diners.
Your piggy bank is best left behind when dining at Le Crêpe Café
prices are so low you won't believe how good it tastes!