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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RYAN'S GRILL AT WARD CENTER

RYAN'S GRILL AT WARD CENTER
HONOLULU, HAWAII

RYAN'S GRILL AT WARD CENTER
1200 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-591-9132
HOURS:  Lunch Daily 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                 Sunday thru Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                 Friday and Saturday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

There are few places left in Hawaii that I can say that I have been going to for 30 years.  Ryan's opened in 1983 and I have been a customer ever since.  Granted I do not go here often anymore, but back in the day this was a weekly stop for pupu's and drinks.  Back then this was one of the hotter places to meet girls if you can believe that.  A recent visit brought back memories especially since when I walked in the door the same bartender from at least twenty years ago was still behind the bar.  As always at Ryan's we were greeted by a hostess that welcomed us to the restaurant and quickly seated us at a table along the window in the back.  Water and menus came quickly and we ordered the Spicy Avocado Ahi as soon as I saw it on the menu.  The Spicy Avocado Ahi ($13.95) was fresh and delicious.  The Ahi was great but there were too many thick cut onions on the place.  I love onion in my Poke but not huge pieces that overpower the fish.  The Avocado in this dish was almost non existent.  Think we counted three small pieces that were basically mush.  Even with the large chunks of onions and lack of Avocado this was a good dish that I would order again.  I went for the Grilled Fresh Catch ($17.95) which on the menu showed Opah.  The waiter said they were substituting Kajiki which is Striped Marlin.  The fish was super fresh and delicious.  The description of this dish said that it was served with Stir Fry Vegetables.  There were 2-3 thinly sliced vegetables under some Chinese Cabbage.  The Black Bean Sauce was very weak.  Wish it had packed more flavor.  What saved this dish was the fish.  When fish caught in Hawaii is fresh it is pretty hard to mess it up.  With Marlin, people usually overcook the fish so it is dry and hard.  Ryan's cooked it perfectly and it was delicious.  The Kalbi Beef Bowl ($10.95) was served with Kim Che Rice, Egg, Vegetables and Ketchup.  Yes a huge pile of Ketchup was placed on the plate.  Cannot figure out why this was here.  Have never been served Kalbi with Ketchup.  The Kalbi was delicious and did not need Ketchup.
My wife enjoyed this dish and pretty much devoured it all.  Nice to have neighborhood restaurants like Ryan's.  Congratulations on being in business here for so long.  Hopefully all the building and revitalization of the Ward Village area will bring more business and another 30 years!
Click below to view another post on Ryan's Grill at Ward Center:
RYAN'S GRILL AT WARD CENTER
BRIGHT AND COMFORTABLE ENTRANCE AND BAR AREA
THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF HAWAII'S ORIGINAL OPEN KITCHENS
BACK DINING AREA AT RYAN'S
BACK AREA IS A LITTLE QUIETER THAN AROUND THE BAR
RYAN'S LUNCH SPECIALS
RYAN'S MENU HAS DOZENS OF SELECTIONS
FROM SOUPS TO PIZZA, TACOS AND POKE
PLENTY OF SALAD SELECTIONS
APPETIZERS, KOBE BURGERS, SANDWICHES AND ENTREES
A FEW TABLES HAVE VIEW OF ALA MOANA BOULEVARD AND ALA MOANA PARK
SPICY AVOCADO AHI - NOT MUCH AVOCADO IN THERE BUT DELICIOUS
LUNCH FRESH FISH - GRILLED KAJIKI
KALBI BEEF RICE BOWL
COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHY 1/4 OF THE PLATE WAS KETCHUP

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