Monday, December 15, 2008
HIROSHI EURASION TAPAS
Wow.......This place is excellent. When our friends asked us to join them for dinner at Hiroshi I had no idea what the place was all about. Eurasian Tapas? This place has been opened for years and I have never heard anyone recommend or say anything about it. We went in blind not knowing what to expect and came out with eyes wide open with pleasure. We started with wine selected by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuja. Chuck is a warm and very personable gentlemen. He took time to explain each bottle of wine and share some of his personal life with us. This was refreshing and set the tone for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. There were 6 people in our party and we decided to order a bunch of small plates and several large plates that would be shared family style. We started with foie gras sushi. This dish was off the hook awesome. The foie gras melted in your mouth like butter. Our two orders quickly became four as everyone enjoyed this dish. Next up were Portuguese Sausage Potstickers. Served with sweet corn, garlic chili foam and truffled ponzu sauce. Awesome. The Kampachi Carpaccio with tofu and ponzu vinaigrette was next. This was also perfect and so good that we ordered more. We tried the truffled crab cakes, steamed Moi served in a bag. These were great too. For the main course we ordered a Rib Eye Steak and Chilean Sea Bass that was cut into small pieces so we could share. EVERYTHING THAT WAS SERVED WAS EXCELLENT. There are few places that we have been that knock every dish out of the park. Hiroshi did it again and again. This was one of the best meals I can ever remember. The service was excellent too. Our server was always smiling and offering to accommodate every request. The high level yet modest and sincere service from Chuck Furuya was amazing. There are few Master Sommeliers that are as down to earth and humble. Chuck is from Hawaii and he has not forgotten his roots or family values.
What a great night in Hawaii. Our thanks to Tom and Arlene Norton for sharing this restaurant and evening with us.