Restaurant opens at 5pm and we didn't have a reservation so we tried walking in. Luckily enough, there were seats at the bar and we were able to sit right away. We ordered 5 appetizers and 2 beers. I will review each in the order they were served, here we go:
1. Popcorn - cause well, we wanted to know how good popcorn can be. At it's minimum? Addicting. But maybe just for the experience, not ordering again cause $6 is too much for a bowl of popcorn.
2. Fried oysters - it was a mix of Asian and Western. The teasing tastes were there but never too overwhelming. It was refreshing and crunchy and an explosion of flavors all at the same time. All in all, an impressive starter.
3. Beef tongue in poppy seed bun - definitely an Asian dish with primarily Western ingredients. There is hesitation upon seeing this dish but the first bite says it all. All the flavors inside come alive at the bite and are held together by that poppy seed bun. My suggestion? Take your turns eating from the side with the cucumber and the side with the kimchi.
4. Duck liver toast - this one I actually hesitated. It seemed French but then the pineapples make me think, "hmm Hawaiian?". The salty and sweet combination does the trick. You can never go wrong with the basics. Go on, give it a try.
5. Homemade spam, fried rice, shrimp - we have gone 6 days without rice so this may be a teensy bit biased, but first bite and we said, "it's not even the spam nor the shrimp, it's the rice!" The first scoop of rice got us hooked. We were full but we could not stop reaching into the bowl. Never mind that the spam and the shrimp compliment the rice so perfectly (other way around? But well!)
We will go back, Liholiho!
P.S. the bartender was hella helpful. My partner and I share distinctively different taste buds for beers, he found us our perfect ones. So I guess walking in wasn't such a terrible idea after all.