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Menu item at Chef H’s kitchen: Guest Chef “K” Special Chilled Seafood Pasta. The Mouse was a little concerned there was a potential coup d’état going on. Chef H responded with the “it’s all good” sign.

The Cat’s dinner:

Chilled Pasta

Angel hair pasta, onions, cucumber, tomato.

Seafood

Mussels, clams, smoked salmon, shrimp, tomato, prosciutto, Japanese yuzu pepper.

A lot of food. The Cat shared with The Mouse. Sauce was shoyu based, not whatever french sauce might be appropriate. reminded The Mouse of somen sauce. Different.

The Mouse wondered what the plating would look like if chef plated, not take-out. Really Instagram worthy. Hee hee.

Because The Cat’s stomach can’t take too much cold food and The Mouse wasn’t sure how much vegetables there would be, The Mouse made a simple vegetable soup.

Vegetable Soup

Fresh asparagus, wakame, salt, olive oil. The Mouse guesses the asparagus and wakame was a kinda French Japanese fusion too. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Waiting for Santa

Also known as Christmas Eve dinner. Fortunate enough to be invited by one of our mentors to sup  with her family.

Location

Location

Sold Out

Sold Out

Azami Quartet

Azami Quartet

Too bad we were situated in a private room, not much chance of listening to the live music.

Menu

Menu

A rare event, both The Cat and The Mouse picked the same choices.

Appetizer

Appetizer

Medley of mushrooms and Burgundy escargot, “Vole Au Vent”, truffle cream sauce. Wonderful. In a puff pastry. For me, a side of rice would have been perfect.

Intermezzo

Intermezzo

Cranberry sorbet, very tart, reminded me of li hing mui.

Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Kabocha Squash Puree, "Keiki Portabello Persillades", Creamy Leeks

Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Kabocha Squash Puree, “Keiki Portabello Persillades”, Creamy Leeks

The sea bass was excellent, however, the squash puree was “to kill for”, highpoint of the dish for me.

Sterling Silver Beef Tenderloin, Béarnaise Sauce, Pomme Parisienne, Braised Endive, Provencal Zucchini

Sterling Silver Beef Tenderloin, Béarnaise Sauce, Pomme Parisienne, Braised Endive, Provencal Zucchini

My neighbor’s plate. She said beef was cooked to perfection, medium rare.

Chocolate Haupia Gâteau

Chocolate Haupia Gâteau

The little red dots with white dots on the whipped cream? Tiny little mushrooms.

See? Cute Yeah?

See? Cute Yeah?

Hope y’all had an enjoyable Christmas. Happy Christmas from The Cat and The Mouse.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Chef’s “Leftovers”

Chef P (the French one, not the raw/vegan one) has been experimenting with a daily quiche at his shop recently. If I go at just the right time, he shares his “remainders” with me and The Cat.

The other day, he had an extra shrimp quiche.

Shrimp Quiche

Said if I didn’t take it he would have to take it home (it wasn’t enough for his family). I happily complied. 🙂

I have to time my visits appropriately. Hee hee!

The other time, he made a kalua pork quiche, but that one sold out quickly.

I do have to go there tomorrow, hmm, maybe I’ll go later in the day (just kidding).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A couple of weeks ago I posted this: https://l2ee2l.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/i-had-a-coupon/. Based on that first visit, strangers are getting to know each other, and a budding relationship may be beginning.  The Cat was so impressed with the dedication and passion of the chef, she decided to purchase many of her Christmas gifts from Padovani’s Chocolates. Besides the chocolate shop, the chef owns Padovani’s Grill (1341 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii). The website is here.

That’s where The Cat wanted Christmas eve dinner (the restaurant wasn’t open for Christmas day). She invited a couple of business associates (the ones that were alone).

The pictures are from my order (I didn’t want to stick my camera into The Cat’s guests’ dishes).

After looking over the menu, I decided to compose my meal out of appetizers and dessert. I wanted to tasted more dishes and a main course would limit my variety.

Ragout of Warm Pacific Oysters

With leeks and shallots sauce. The oysters (there were two) were barely cooked. The Cat also ordered this and proclaimed this was the best oysters she’s had … ever. Now The Cat usually likes raw oysters so since this one’s slightly not raw, I have to get clarification. Were these oysters the best ever cooked or the best ever period? I thought the oysters were also prepared very well.

Sautéed Pacific Shrimp, Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of palm, haricot vert, and Maui onion salad. This was very good. The shrimp was cooked so that there was still something in the head section to suck out (this is a good thing). Sorry, TMI.

Risotto of Hamakua Mushrooms

Arborio rice with seasonal mushrooms, white truffle oil. Smooth, creamy, tasty, excellent.

My last appetizer course was the kicker.

Tart of Pan-Fried Foie Gras of Duck

Sautéed Hamakua mushrooms, confit of onions, Maui Mescalun salad, port sauce. And with that, the  socks came off. I could eat this on a regular basis (theoretically). It was that good.

There was only one choice of dessert that night.

Padovani's Manjari Chocolate Entremets

Cherries in brandy and raspberry coulis. Pistachio Kerman sauce.

I had no idea what half of the dessert title was. I had to look it up. Manjari chocolate is a variety of chocolate made by Valrhona (one of the foremost chocolate makers in the world). It’s 64 percent cocoa, extra bitter. Kerman is the type of pistachio.  Entremets is just French for dessert. Why didn’t they just say so (just kidding).

The chocolate mousse was dense and rich, the cherries provided balance to the bitter chocolate. A winner! The chef said the dessert took two days to make. Wow.

Everyone was very happy with their choices. The Cat started her last meal list with the oysters. The foie gras appetizer made it on mine (maybe even the shrimp).

Do you have a last meal list?

The Cat rated Padovani’s Grill with four paws, one tail, and two ears!

Hope Santa was good to all of you (or is it the other way around). Merry Christmas Philippe, Pierre, and Mother Padovani.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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