In many ways, it was very fitting that the new W Bistro at 1010 opened alongside the Hawaii tour of the Broadway hit, The Lion King. W Bistro bills itself as being at the center of food, art, and conversation. The restaurant sits on the corner of Victoria St. & King St, and is located between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Hawaii-inspired giclee prints line the walls of the small bistro, established by owners Richard and Judy Weinstein. But how’s the food? I’d say that it’s on par with its artistic counterparts across the street.
The menu comes from Chef Erick Omick, who has trained under influential Hawaii chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Chai Chaowasaree. W Bistro’s vision is to bring “farm to table” by supporting and utilizing local food producers.
For lunch, I tried the 1010 Burger. This restaurant burger features local ground beef, aged white cheddar, pickled onions, arugula and tomato on a brioche bun. I always have my burgers cooked medium. It came out very juicy. The arugula, onions and tomato were fresh and crisp, and added a splash of color to the dish. For me, it’s the bread that usually makes or breaks upscale burgers. I have to admit that the toasted brioche bun was the perfect choice. On the side, I ordered the House Seasoned Fries. The fries were a nice addition to the burger (wish it came with it), but nothing worthy of exceptional praise.
Michelle decided on the signature dish of the bistro. The W Bistro is a flatbread that features roasted duck, caramelized onions, salted black bean BBQ Hunan sauce, cilantro, mozzarella and pineapple salsa. I had a taste of the signature flatbread, and I can see why it’s their most popular dish. You get that fresh duck flavor as you would get from duck sourced straight out of Chinatown, but the BBQ Hunan sauce and pineapple salsa add a wonderful sweetness to the dish.
No matter what you decide to eat, we do highly suggest that you try the house drink specialty, the Mango Ginger Cooler. Michelle and I were both pleasantly surprised by this very refreshing and tasty drink. It’s the perfect antidote to those hot and muggy Hawaiian days. Other surprises included the dessert. Michelle thought that the cheesecake was very light and fluffy. I tend to lean more towards heavy cheesecake, New York style. My mango sorbet though, was very good.
The staff and waiters were very friendly. Waiters Juanita and Michael were both very quick to take our orders and refill our drinks. We visited on a Sunday afternoon. The vibe was relaxed and the mood was very calm. I can imagine, though, this place being a bit hectic during weekday lunch breaks. The one thing that I really didn’t care for was the art prints that cluttered the wall. It just didn’t feel like it went well with the modern look of the bistro and seemed to somewhat take away from the cozy feel of the restaurant. Overall, Michelle and I were quite impressed by The W Bistro at 1010 and will definitely be returning.
Foodies: Coty Gonzales and Michelle Sagucio.
Food Rating: 3.75/5
Ambiance Rating: 3.5/5
Service Rating: 4/5
W Bistro at 1010
Honolulu Medical Arts Building
1010 S King St, Ste 108
Honolulu, HI 96814