Grondin : French-Latin Kitchen

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62 North Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI, USA
(808) 566-6768

Grondin : French-Latin Kitchen Honolulu Reviews

Eric Eric
408 reviews
Good food, friendly service, lively atmosphere Jan 25, 2015
Grondin is a new "French-Latin" restaurant in Chinatown, a hip new area of Honolulu that is undergoing rapid gentrification. It's not the typical place a tourist would think to visit in Hawaiii (think random homeless people, dirty streets and the occasional scent of urine wafting through the air...), but it still feels relatively safe and offers more interesting and affordable food than the general fare in Waikiki. There are lots of new restaurants in this area, and Grondin may very well be the best of the bunch.

The atmosphere inside is lively and loud, but also cozy. It leans more casual than upscale. The restaurant is relatively small, so reservations are highly recommended.

For appetizers, we shared a Salade Frisee. Most of the greens appear to be sourced locally and everything tasted very fresh. The homemade bacon was tasty, and had a pancetta like texture.

The Hokkaido Scallop ceviche, which was a special that is typically not on the menu, was also very good. I'm not a huge fan of scallops, but this tasted light and fresh.

For entrees, we had the Crepes Mole Negro (here's where you get your French-Latin fusion) and the Cassoulet. The Crepes were a interesting blend of flavors and were probably my favorite dish. The Cassoulet was also good, but fairly heavy and also pretty oily. I enjoyed it but would have preferred something a little healthier and with more variety in flavor.

Overall, would definitely come back here again. The prices are reasonable, the service is great, and the menu seems inventive and creative enough (i.e. Hokkaido Scallop ceviche - which doesn't neatly fit into either the French or Latin box) that there would be enough variety in future visits.
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spocklogic says:
Neighborhood doesn't sound that appealing, but the food sure does - worth a trip outside the touristy comfort zone it would seem!
Posted on: Jan 25, 2015
vances says:
Not sure what "homemade" bacon is? But if they are makin' bacon, sounds like a real strip tease!

:^)
Posted on: Jan 25, 2015
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