JJ Bistro & French PastryDigest Step Up to the Plate
August 31, 2014
Story By: Alana Folen | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
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 hand-crafted, contemporary Eurasian-inspired cuisine.
Just in time for Labor Day, JJ Bistro & French Pastry offers its whole Maine lobster at an unbeatable price of $23.99 apiece, and when you purchase two lobsters, you get the third for free.
It wouldn’t be a JJ Bistro & French Pastry original without the integration of Luangkhot’s signature homemade puff pastry.
The quail is marinated in lemongrass, garlic, salt and pepper for close to an hour. Once it has soaked up all the flavor, it’s pre-baked and then deep-fried until golden.
“This dish is perfect for those who love to eat poultry. In my opinion, quail, in fact, tastes better than chicken. The meat is a lot sweeter and tender,” says Luangkhot.
The dish is enhanced with sauteed portobello mushrooms bathed in red wine sauce.
This pairing presents a rustic appeal and adds depth and dimension to the entree.
“Ever since we unveiled the dish two weeks ago, it’s become one of our most popular specials. Our guests have requested that we keep it as a permanent item on the menu.”
JJ Bistro & French Pastry
3447 Waialae Ave., Honolulu
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.