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JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

Paving the Way for JJ

The restaurant industry is comparable to the stock market in that it’s constantly fluctuating with the comings and goings of establishments hoping to hit an all-time high in an eclectic dining scene. At times it can be a competitive field, but for those like restaurant owner and chef JJ Luangkhot, who possess a genuine passion…

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Rockin’ the Lobster

The ongoing debate of savory versus sweet is always a battle within me. Recently, my sweet tooth has been running rapid, and it takes a load of sugar to satisfy it. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day just passed, so my stash of chocolate, cookies and candies has been replenished. However, conflict always occurs when a waft of…

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January 26, 2014

Parisian Treats, Island Inspired

JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki has been providing its customers with amazing French-inspired pastries for 15 years, and executive pastry chef and owner JJ Luangkhot says that the more than 40 pastries available for purchase are the “all-star” team of desserts. “They are the most popular pastries,” he adds. “We don’t follow what’s…

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December 22, 2013

Spread the Cheer With Holiday Pupus

Christmas is near, and you’ve probably decorated a festive and twinkling tree, wrapped all your presents (well OK, some of them) and now you’re ready to celebrate with family and friends, right? But wait a minute, there’s one more crucial piece of the holiday puzzle to have in order: What will you be feasting on?…

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November 17, 2013

A Fanciful Fusion of Flavors

The owner and chef of JJ Bistro & French Pastry loves French cooking, in large part because the French have a plethora of ingredients to work with. “We try to put all the basics of French cooking combined to the Asian tastes,” says JJ Luangkhot. “Most of our dishes are signature items that you can’t…

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Noodling Over Pasta Appeal

In the vast realm of food, few ingredients are as universally loved as pasta. I mean, who doesn’t love pasta? Even diners who may not be able to enjoy it for health reasons or prefer a low-carb diet still seek out a range of pasta alternatives, from rice noodles to spaghetti squash, in order to…

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September 8, 2013

Empowered By One, Pastry Chef Becomes an Inspiration to Many

When it comes to highly acclaimed, award-winning pastry chef JJ Luangkhot, his monumental achievements and years of success can be attributed to one person in particular: Parisian pastry chef Jean-Marc Burillier. Labelled as the best of his kind in 1980s in New York, Burillier served as executive pastry chef of Maxim’s de Paris, a renowned…

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August 25, 2013

JJ Bistro & French Pastry

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant? Well, much credit goes to the many chefs, owners and managers who work diligently day in and day out to make sure Hawaii’s diners have a top-notch dining experience. This week, Dining Out gets the inside scoops from JJ Bistro & French Pastry’s…

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Reel in a Catch at JJ Bistro

Starting today, JJ Bistro French Pastry in Kaimuki debuts a new Fishermen Feast menu along with a Snow in Summer promotion through the end of August, offering 15 percent off its Fishermen Feast seafood items. The menu is in addition to the original menu which also has been updated with a few new dishes, such…

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A “Tail” of Lobster Bliss

When in a bout of hunger, there’s nothing worse than salivating over a meal that you can’t quite get your utensils on. I recently experienced this after moving back home from Massachusetts, where I was spoiled with fresh Atlantic lobster for four years while attending Boston University. Even though I was more than elated to…

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