a sybarite in paradise
reviewing the food & entertainment pleasures of Honolulu
 
 
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is a mainland chain with locations all across the country. I’ve dined in one in California before and have fond memories of the good food. Susan took me to the on in Hokua Towers, near Borders, for lunch yesterday.
 
We were seated immediately as the restaurant wasn’t very busy. It is a little out of the way and there are plenty of places to eat good Chinese food in Honolulu. Our waiter appeared quickly and mixed up his special version of a dipping sauce. Each server has their own. I now realize we completely forgot about it, never using any. We started out with the Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps. The stir fried meat mixture was served on top of crunchy rice noodles. We put it in the lettuce wraps and dove in. It was excellent. The combination of warm meat, crispy noodles and the cool wraps worked well.
 
For our entree we split the Kung Pao Scallops, which comes with choice of rice. We chose brown. When it arrived I thought the portion was a little stingy, but that was just due to the size of the plate. There were a number of chili peppers in view and I was expecting a spicy kick. I didn’t get one. It was on the mild side. The scallops were well cooked, not at all rubbery. Delicious as it was I wanted more spice.
 
The service was speedy and efficient, if a little gratuitous. I didn’t get the prices as Susan was picking up the tab. However, I remember looking at the menu thinking
it was a little expensive. The decor is classy and upscale, including glass made on the Big Island. It’s a big, and welcome, contrast to the blaring fluorescent lights and lack of decor in many of our local Chinese restaurants. (Little Village is an exception.) P.F. Chang’s is better suited to group celebrating a special occasion more than a weeknight out for a quick bite.
 
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
596-4710
Hokua Towers
1288 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays,
11 a.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays
 
Thursday, August 9, 2007
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro