We were blown away by how good everything we ate on this trip was! Hawaiian chefs are absolutely killing it. The next time we go back to Hawaii I would strongly consider returning to Oahu just to revisit some of these spots!
I really tried to limit my picture taking and this post will be a million pages long if I list out every single thing we ate so this will just be the highlights of the highlights…
Nitro Kona coffee with a black sesame kougan amann (not shown). Affogato.
** Leonard’s Bakery.
This malasada (Portuguese doughnut) stuffed with guava cream was my favorite bite of the entire trip.
This was my favorite shave ice of the trip; the flavors were spot on and the ice cream was wonderfully chewy and a great foil to the ice. Guava, passion fruit, and strawberry on top of vanilla ice cream and topped with condensed milk.
Dumplings stuffed with king oyster mushroom, button ear wood, yellow squash, zucchini, and truffle paste, topped shoyu jelly and pickled dikon.
Korean fried chicken with gochujang, housemade gnocchi, brussel sprouts, purple rice, and kimchi.
Midday Run – mezcal, passion fruit, vanilla, habanero, and lemon (not shown). Le Swoon – Kohana rum agricole, Okinawan sweet potato, pandan, coconut milk, cinnamon, lime, and aphrodite bitters.
Chocolate banana tart with Valrhona dark chocolate cremeux, chocolate cookie crust, fresh banana and banana marmalade, toasted hazelnuts, and tamarind caramel.
** Piggy Smalls.
This was hands down our best meal of the trip! We ordered all the things. Brussel sprouts with makrut lime, peanut, fried shallots, cabbage slaw, and pickled red onions.
Stir-fried ramen noodles with aged garlic shoyu, Chinese chives, pickled fresno chile, and shrimp.
Lychee infused milk cake with blueberry compote, lychee chantilly cream, and lemon citrus streusel.
Hanoi egg coffee, Kona dark roast poured on whipped egg yolk and vanilla bean.
** The Surfing Pig.
Best cocktails of the trip. I drank way too much prior to our 10 hour red-eye flight. The bartender was crazy talented and also maybe my new favorite person – she hugged us on our way out. Smoked rosemary mezcal margarita. I also had a spicy paloma with mezcal (not shown).
** Waiola Shave Ice.
Guava and passion fruit with vanilla ice cream, condensed milk, and housemade mochi.