When Grand Cafe & Bakery closed last July, I was devastated.
It was my go-to place for lunch whenever I was in downtown, mostly because it was located right outside the municipal parking lot I always use.
(Grand Cafe has since moved to HiSAM. Thank God.)
In its place, however, was a new bistro concept by Terry Kakazu, whose boutique wine shop, HASR Wine Co., is right next door.
And it’s aptly named HASR Bistro.
It’s country-side French food meets upscale dining but at affordable prices. Or something like that.
But the draw, at least for foodies, is the restaurant’s executive chef. Hawaii-born Rodney Uyehara, whose opened such notable eateries such as The Bistro at Century Center and The Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider Hotel, is at the helm at HASR.
I was just happy something opened in that space. I mean, it’s right outside the parking garage!
So I went with a friend on a recent weekday to check out the menu I had heard raves about.
Here’s what lunch looked like:
HASR Bistro, 31 N. Pauahi St. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Phone: (808) 533-HASR.