After we found out we had no shoot yesterday (of course, we didn’t find out till we were on location), my client decided to take us to lunch… Now, this client seems to know my taste in food pretty well. Maybe because he’s originally from Japan, or maybe because he’s always having to entertain his own clients, but he really knows all the good eateries around town.
This time he introduced me to Bistro Sun on King St. near University Ave. (across the street from Jr. Lou & T flower shop). Apparently the “flagship” restaurant is in Osaka, and this Hawaii store opened 6 months ago. The sign outside said something like “Italian Fusion Style” so I was skeptical at first but then I remembered I like Pietro, which is definitely not Italian food in my book but I love it nonetheless.
The interior is not my cup of tea….but clean, which is good but there are all these fake sconce curtain holders with green sheer curtains, mauve tablecloths, and yellow walls…it’s that tacky Italian decor similar to Buca di Beppo (but Buca seems to do tacky well – – as in a good way). Now, I may not like the decor, but I fell in love with the food. Awesome stuff, and prices are very reasonable, especially if you go there for lunch.
Since we did go for lunch, we were offered the “lunch specials” which are sets… A, B, C, yadda yadda. The sets are priced from $7.95 – $8.95. A steal since it includes soup du jour, salad, your entree, and coffee. And the soup actually comes in a real soup bowl, not a little dinky cup. Too bad I couldn’t try the soup, it was clear and and had carrots and egg…but was made with chicken stock (me and my damn retarded allergies!). Oh and garlic bread…I got full before my entree arrived. I learned my lesson so my gameplan will be better the next time I go there.
There were four of us and we all ordered different things so we can try it all out. We even ordered a 5th entree. Here’s what we sampled:
Carbonara was pretty good, sauce was much thicker, almost pasty…I’m not used to that, but the taste was good and of course it was very filling.
Gorgeous Pilaf looked sort of like Paella, but without the seafood. Instead it’s made with demi glace sauce and beef. Have no clue why it’s called “Gorgeous”, but it was tasty.
Seafood Pilaf also looked like Paella, and it had seafood in it, but had a tomato base…pretty good. Prefer the Gorgeous one over this though.
Corn Potage soup reminded me of Japan. If you want Japanese style Corn Potage soup (remember the ones that you could buy from the vending machines back home?), try this one.
Hamburger Steak was a WINNAH! Again, if you want to eat Japanese style “hamburg steak”, try this one. Decent sized patty, has all the veggies inside, seasoned and served with demi glace sauce just like the Japanese version. Served with a half of a baked potato topped with sour cream, green onions, and bacon bits (they didn’t ask us what we wanted for toppings so if you don’t like any of this stuff, make sure you let them know when you order).
Next time I’m ordering the Hamburger Steak…I only had 2 bites this time, bastards :-) But then again, the lobster tomato cream pasta looked good, too. They also have Doria (my absolute fave when it comes to Kissaten food) and Gratin, squid ink pasta, salads, steak…on and on. Coffee was pretty good, too…they serve you animal crackers with your coffee. How cute.
If you visit the place, make sure you get their stamp card. You only get a 10% discount after filling the card but hey, it’s a discount…
2671 S. King Street