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JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

How Sweet it is to Dine at JJ’s

Just a few months ago, JJ Luangkhot celebrated a very special birthday of sorts. The grand occasion was not for him, one of his friends or even a family member. Instead, it was a milestone marker for another very meaningful part of his life — JJ Bistro & French Pastry, his Kaimuki restaurant that’s embarking…

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There’s no match for Matcha

Of all the diverse options of green tea that exist, there’s one variety that leaves the others trailing in the dust. With its bracing earthy flavors and numerous health benefits, matcha stands in a class of its own, brimming with potent antioxidants, detoxifiers and metabolism boosters. And, of course, there’s its wildly bright green —…

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Less is more at JJ Bistro

Today’s restaurants have quite the challenge: be tasty, healthy and Instagram-worthy. Since everyone with an appetite is calling themselves a “#foodie,” chefs sometimes compromise affordable prices and flavors to commodify presentation. An experienced chef, however, knows that taste and quality should always come first. On Waialae Avenue, Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot, owner and chef of JJ…

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February 8, 2015

Perfecting Edible Art

What happens when you combine French culinary techniques and presentation with home-style, Laotian-inspired recipes? Art. Maybe not art in the traditional sense, but culinary art — crafted and catered to please its hungry audience. Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot, chef and owner of JJ Bistro & French Pastry, is both creator and curator of this culinary art,…

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January 11, 2015

JJ Bistro expands its reach

JJ Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki is expanding near and far. Owner and chef JJ Luangkhot shares with Dining Out that three new locations are opening in Tokyo, Japan, this month, including one in the famous shopping district of Harajuku. In Japan, the restaurants will be called JJ Bistro & Hawaiian Dessert, and operated…

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November 30, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Take a closer look at this week’s house special: STONE CRAB CLAWS WITH JJ XO SAUCE ($19.95) JJ Bistro & French Pastry on Waialae Avenue is a gem of a restaurant in the heart of Kaimuki. Owned and operated by executive chef JJ Luangkhot, the award-winning bistro dishes out fusion cuisine that’s Parisian and Asian…

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October 5, 2014

Artistic, innovative fare defines Kaimuki bistro

While JJ Bistro & French Pastry is widely known for its decadent desserts, stopping there would be remiss. The Kaimuki eatery, which offers a mix of Asian and European fare, also has a full menu showcasing salad, pizza, pasta, pad thai, fish and more. Popular items include Lobster Cheese Ravioli ($14.95), which features ravioli stuffed…

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August 31, 2014

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

JJ Bistro & French Pastry first opened its doors in 1995 in Aiea, and then four years later relocated to its current home in Kaimuki. Throughout the years, the establishment has developed a devout following thanks to owner and chef JJ Luangkhot, who has established himself in the restaurant industry with his decadent desserts and…

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Doubling up on delicious fare

From the comfort-inducing plate lunches we pack up for the beach, to gourmet Pacific Rim meals we treat ourselves to on special occasions, it’s safe to say that fusion-filled fare is all around us here in the Islands. Even so, I’d be willing to bet you’ve never had a mouthwatering mélange quite like the ones…

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Get Flaky With Pot Pie

It’s OK to flake on dinner — under one condition. “Flake” must refer to the crispy, golden flakiness of a pillowy pot pie. Deemed a longstanding American classic, pot pies are hot, hot, hot: steaming with an irresistible aroma that awakens pangs of hunger from within. And the best home cooking always comes with a…

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