It's where Le Guignol moved to about five years ago (a guess), from its original Kalakaua near King location.
If you didn't know it was there, in the Medical Arts building, you might miss it completely. I think W Bistro opened early this year in January (I forgot to ask/confirm).
I had their special iced tea before ordering – Lavender/Camomile. At first, I was a little concerned, for lavender can be a bit cloying if the flavor is too intense. The hostess assured me that it wasn't. She was right; it was very refreshing. It sure did look like a glass of ice-cold beer.
Our server, Bianca, was extremely helpful with her descriptions of the entrées, both the day's specials and menu listings. Which was good, because I was having a difficult time making up my mind. You know how it is when you dine somewhere for the first time and everything on the menu looks so good.
The wife had no problem all. Her preliminary choice was Grilled Mahimahi, but when offered the Pan-Seared Onaga (red snapper) Special, she jumped ship and ordered it.
Perfectly crusted to tender perfection and accompanied by a scoop of sweet Jasmine rice and a melange of fresh local vegetables, it looked, and tasted marvelous.
As for me? I had a problem deciding. I mean, I first thought of getting an appetizer variety order of Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Seared Sea Scallops with Butternut Puree and Bosc Pear, and Pork Belly with Bleu Cheese, Arugula, Grapefruit Slices and Corn Bread. Then, I shifted my thoughts to their Boneless Braised Short Ribs (because I love short ribs).
The Steak Frites (Hawaiian-salted rib eye with veggies, butter and fries) made my eyes drool, the Special Poulet of the Day (chicken schnitzel) sounded delicious too.
Well, I settled (wait, "settled" is not a good choice of words) ... I decided on their Seafood Coconut Curry – scallops, shrimp, fish in a spicy, creamy delicious curry sauce that caused the top of my head to moisten with perspiration, with strips of local sweet peppers and other vegetables. And, it came with two large scoops of Jasmine rice.
Can you just imagine how wonder the curry sauce tasted with the sweet Jasmine rice? Yep, just as good as you might imagine. Man, that was good.
A wonderful dinner deserves a great dessert. This time it was their best-selling favorite, White Chocolate and Blueberry Bread Pudding topped with a thick whipped cream (creme fraiche?) and a sprig of mint. Delicious. Sinfully delicious.
W Bistro at 1010 is a BYOB restaurant with no corkage fee that's open for brunch (weekends), lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.). They're closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
W Bistro at 1010: 1010 S. King St. Phone (808) 589-2295.