Thursday, February 18, 2010

Honolulu: 3660 on the Rise

Our first dinner on the island was at 3660 on the Rise. We took 3660 with a grain of salt based on mixed reviews from Yelp. We wanted to go to place with Euro-Island flair. Something simple but not one of those hole in the wall places.

The name of the restaurant denotes the location of the restaurant on 3660 Waialae Ave, on the corner of Waialae and Wilhelmina Rise.

3660 is one of those places where it doesn't matter if you are celebrating an event or just eating out, the food is consistently good. We were pleasantly surprised at the level of execution of each dish.

Here's what we had.

Passion Fruit Infused Iced Tea (left) and a Riesling (right)
The iced tea was amazing. It was a passion fruit infused tea with pineapple juice. So good.

Taro Rolls

Ahi Katsu - $14.00
Sashimi-Grade Ahi Wrapped in Nori and Deep Fried Medium Rare, Wasabi-Ginger Sauce

Short Rib and Rougie Foie Gras Tortellini - $9.00
Truffled Cremini Mushroom Jus

"3660" Medley - $38.00
Grilled Medallion of Apple Smoked Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Brandy Green Peppercorn Sauce; Pan Roasted Breast of Chicken Stuffed with Mozzarella, Serrano Ham and Pesto, Lemon Romano Cream Sauce; Pan roasted Onaga

Soy Sake Glazed Fillet of Butterfish - $25.95
Gingered Choi Sum and Shiitake Mushrooms, Aka Miso Dashi Nage

Sorbets Gone Tipsy - $8.00
Banana, Lilikoi and Coconut sorbet with fresh berries

Afterthoughts: The highlight of the meal was the signature appetizer, Ahi Katsu. The concept of sashimi-grade ahi, wrapped in nori and deep fried was delicious. We kept asking ourselves, "What's in that sauce?" I would have totally ordered that dish as an entree.

The soy sake glazed butterfish was reminiscent of a Roy's butterfish dish I had circa 2003. It was the first time I had butterfish and biting into the one at 3660 reminded me of that time long ago. The portion was large enough for two people but of course I had to devour the entire dish by myself!

Although there were some service lags, it didn't deter us from our meal. The food was solid and we hope to return when we're back on the island.

Things to know:
  • No valet parking. Validated parking garage located on-site (underground).
  • Price Range: $$$. Entrees range from $22 to $59.
  • Must order dishes: Ahi Katsu, Soy Sake Glazed Fillet Butterfish, Symphony of Desserts.
  • Drinks: Passion Fruit Iced Tea (unlimited refills) and the Lychee Martini.
  • Decor: Uninspiring. Think Denny's with IKEA spotlighting.
3660 on the Rise
3660 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 737-1177


Sarah said...

Hi Marc and Joce, I just found your blog and you have really beautiful pictures! I'm in the market for a new camera and I'm curious what kind of camera you use?
Thank you! Sarah

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