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A Refreshing Finale of Sweets

Columns Jus' Desserts

November 10, 2013

Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Tucked away in the heart of Chinatown sits HASR Bistro, an establishment that vamps up traditional comfort food into cuisine that truly is astounding.

From Seasonal Farm Greens to Grilled Australian Lamb Rack, HASR Bistro has it all, and what better way to end an amazing meal than with a refreshing dessert.

Now, desserts normally are not known to be “refreshing,” especially items like creme brulee and bread pudding. HASR Bistro does an excellent job, though, of creating desserts that are light yet creamy, and satisfying without making you feel like you need to adjust your belt.

HASR Bistro’s Banana Bread Pudding ($8) is comprised of toasted banana cake, dark rum sauce and creme anglaise.

“My favorite part is the custard,” says owner Terry Kakazu. “It’s creamy and refreshing.”

Yes, custard that is creamy and refreshing! Each bite is so airy and melds well with the toasted banana cake, making for a combination of warm and cold that will knock your socks off.

The dish’s butter-scotch caramel drizzle tastes just like heaven.

“It’s buttery and toasty,” explains Kakazu.

Next on the list of refreshing desserts is Key Lime Cheesecake ($6), served with a slice of lime and raspberry sauce, which gives this dish that extra oomph.

“The honey graham cracker crust gives it the right sweetness to keep the balance with the tartness,” Kakazu explains.

For an added bonus, here’s a quick tip on how to take this dish to the next level: Add a touch of lime to each bite for a burst of flavor.

The Dark Myers’s Rum Creme Brulee ($8) is made with iconic Dark Myers’s Rum, which gives a pronounced flavor throughout the dish. Although Dark Myers’s Rum has a bold personality, it remains prominent yet not overwhelming. All together, the dessert makes for a nice end to a meal.

A fresh mint garnish appears on all three desserts, and each piece is cut fresh from HASR Bistro’s garden.

Sit outside and you’ll be able to see the many different types of herbs and garnishes the establishment grows.

The inviting atmosphere and calming sounds of the waterfall make for a memorable dining experience that you can enjoy with friends and family.

HASR Bistro

31 N. Pauahi St., Honolulu
533-HASR (4277)
Open daily, Lunch: Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m., Afternoon menu: Tuesday-Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays
hasrbistro.com

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