Savor the Eclectic Tastes of JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

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July 8, 2012

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

Anyone who’s been to JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki knows how hard it is to decide on what to order. Everything on the menu sounds delicious, and it is.

So, executive pastry chef/owner Praseuth JJ W. Luangkhot is making it easier with a new Chef’s Tasting Menu featuring the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

For $28 per person, the menu includes soup or salad, a trio of his best-selling appetizers (Crab Rangoon, Baked Lobster Avocado and Shrimp Kataife), a choice of two entrees (Portobello Mushrooms with Porcini, Cheese Ravioli with Lobster, Opaka Fettuccini or Baked Salmon Wellington) (Baked Lamb Wellington, Fisherman Potpie, Grilled New York Steak Brioche or Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cauliflower Sauce) and a choice of any dessert.

“We offered this menu for Father’s Day and people enjoyed it and came back asking for it, so we are continuing it,” explains Luangkhot. “It started with only four entrees to choose from and then we expanded it to our top eight entrees from our regular menu. It’s the best deal in town.”

A popular combo of the two entrees is Baked Salmon Wellington served with julienne vegetables and a lemon sweet chili butter sauce, and Grilled New York Steak on mini Brioche complemented with a saute mushroom on black pepper sauce. It’s also good to know that sauces are made to order, so special requests such as how spicy you want it can be easily accommodated.

Open since 1999, JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry has become a popular spot for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and award-winning desserts. And soon-to-be added is Crab City, conveniently located next door, offering a tasty menu of crab and seafood, along with an oyster bar, in a comfortable, casual setting.

“I love seafood,” explains Luangkhot of his newest business venture expected to open mid-July. “It’s going to be more like a sports bar where people can come, hang out and enjoy great seafood.”

JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry
3447 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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