Reel in a Catch at JJ Bistro

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July 28, 2013

Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

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 as the popular Lobster Pad Thai ($18.95) consisting of stir-fried pho noodles with eggs, special citrus XO sauce and topped with Maine lobster tail.

“Most pad Thai is on the sweet side, but for me, I like citrus flavors,” says chef JJ Luangkhot. “So, our pad Thai is ‘citrusy’ and tangy, and not spicy.”

Also new on the menu are Grilled New York Steak Brioche ($18.95) served on a mini French butter roll with a mushroom black pepper sauce, and Poached Lobster Tail Double ($28.95).

For appetizers, try the Chef’s Tasting ($8.95) which is not on the menu but is available anytime. The dish has one-piece each of Crab Rangoon (crab meat with cream cheese, house seasonings, red bell pepper and onion baked in the shape of a mini pot pie), Shrimp Kataifi (sauteed with a sweet chili sauce and served over a bed of filo noodles) and Baked Lobster Avocado (served on French bread with a sweet chili mayo sauce and mozzarella cheese).

As for the new Fishermen Feast menu, seafood choices are Baked Oyster ($14.95 for half dozen), Crawfish ($12.95 per pound), Manila Clams ($12.95 per pound), New Zealand Mussel ($13.95 per pound), Shrimp of de Day ($13.95 per pound), Snow Crab ($16.95 per pound) and King Crab ($29.95 per pound).

Select your sauce (melted butter, garlic butter, lemon pepper, J’Jun sauce) for $2, and sides (rice, corn, mashed potato) are also $2. “We have been getting good feedback about our J’Jun spicy sauce,” adds Luangkhot.

“It’s our own creation made with chili, jalapeno and garlic. We are also coming out with a red beancurd sauce soon that goes very well with seafood.”

JJ’s Bistro French Pastry opened in 1995 (first in Aiea before moving to Waialae four years later), and is known for its award-wining Euro-Asian fusion cuisine, particularly of French and Laotian influences. The restaurant is also famous for its desserts, including the signature Chocolate Pyramid and recently added Cherry Cheesecake and New York Colada (New York cheesecake with pineapple).

The lunch and dinner menus are the same, but now there’s happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring 20 percent off its Fishermen Feast seafood menu. Also, book your party of eight or more at least one day in advance, and receive a free 8-inch cake (tiramisu or banana haupia).

From top to bottom, Luangkhot has masterfully crafted a menu of tasty appetizers, flavorful entrees and decadent desserts that will surely be enjoyed from first bite to last.

JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

3447 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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