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    Sydney, NSW, Australia
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    London, UK
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April 26, 2005

Comments

MrsT

Yum, yum .. yum..!

MrsT

Wow!! and new header again..!!! wow!!

Reid

Hi MrsT,

These were indeed yummy. Stay tuned for the commentary (I'm working on it right now). And yes, I'm trying a lot of new headers. I'm going to let my readers vote for their favorite one on Friday.

jupiter

This is too funny. I have a post on JJ in queue and our pictures loook almost identical. How did you like it? I haven't gone since they were at Pearl Kai shopping center!

AugustusGloop

Mmm mmm... I like the bemused look on the waitresses face too! =)

The poached pear tart looks good. And what--no cross-section shot of the chocolate pyramid? =P

Min

Wow!Beautiful waitress! Great looking food pictures as usual=)

marion

cream, corn, pasta...how can you name this "ratatouille"???
I have to say: I'm French and in shock right now

MrsT

Lovely review.. Reid.. :)
I would have loved it.. :)

sharlyn

Wow, they have come a long way. This post brings back some great memories. My wedding cake was from JJ...it was the pyramid cake in the shape of a real wedding cake. Yummy!

Julia

Ooh, the chocolate pyramid looks and sounds to-die-for. Like AG, I was also hoping for a pic of its cross section.

MBS

Double wow. I've always liked JJ's and their foray into the lunch biz looks interesting.

Is their fusion common in Laos? I think most people in Hawaii are used to the Japanese-European or Vietnamese-French style of fusion food. Perhaps the taste too unique and people need some time to get used to it.

Gail

Hmmmm, that angel hair pasta looks suspiciously like broken up ramen noodles. The food sounds good and the photos are very nice. I want the pear tart!

stacey

hi reid! i return from hawaii with a blista from my poor feet that aren't used to wearing slippas :) the food at JJ's LOOKS great... I am super stuffed...just for fun, I will give you a rundown of all the places i ate. Zippys ala moana, bento place in ala moana food court, curry house (mccully), coffee or tea (mccully), u hungry? (kapiolani and atkinson), chun wah kam (twice!!... actually had 3 big boxes of manapua and some porkhash), bubbies,Panya (used to be in mccully and just a bakery but opened up a restaurant next to genki sushi at ala moana), waiola, kahala zippys, pho 1 (kapiolani by ala moana), eggs n things!! wow, all pauuuuu

Cheryl

oh man.... the sight of all those beautiful pastries lined up those neat lil rows just makes my mouth water. the chocolate desserts look fabulous. geez, if i was there, i know i wouldn't be able to resist trying ALL of the chocolate pastries. i'm a total sucker for desserts. am dreaming of a molten chocolate cake right now. primarily the one at Bakerzin! Reid, not sure if you've been there. but the next time you come here, you have to drop by Bakerzin. Their cakes and pastries are to die for. i mean it! check out their website: http://www.bakerzin.com/

Suebob

JJ's remodel? What about da Ono Kinz remodel? The page looks great!

clare eats

hey Reid!

I think the pastry looks great... pity you can post a choc pyramid ;)
But the rataouille...? Doesnt look like any ratatouille.... i know..... isn't is supposed to be in a tomato sauce with egplant and capsicum...?

MBS

I've had that chocolate pyramid before. It's ONO! =)

I think the food looks great, particularly the "ratatouille".

Mr_Me

Hey, great idea posting the PDF menu in addition to your review! It really helps to look over the menu of a place before you go there.

Hope that you can do this with future reviews...keep up the awesome work!

fish fish

Lucky you!! The ganache and pyramid, makes me sooooo envy now~ Heee, I think I want to try both pyramids. :P

Trisha

Alright that's it- I have to go and try that place. Now...gotta find someone to go with...

Trisha

Hey! It's on Waialea Ave?! I live close by and I never knew they were there. Wow.

Reid

Hi Jupiter,

Haha! How funny is that? The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't spectacular. The desserts though...that's a completely different story.

Hi AG,

That bemused waitress is the owner/chef's wife! Don't they make a great team? I was going to take a cutaway of the pyramid, but it was too delicious, I couldn't pull myself away from the plate.

Oh well, I'll just go back this weekend and have another one! =P

Hi Min,

Thank you! =)

The food is so photogenic, isn't it? And so is the shop owner's wife.

Hi Marion,

Thank you for visiting my blog.

It was a bit of a shock to me as well, but then he said it was fusion, so I guess it was OK... =(

Hi MrsT,

I'm sure you would have. I'll be sure to bring you here if you ever visit Hawaii.

Hi Sharlyn,

Welcome to my blog!

WOW! You had a wedding cake from JJ's? Your guests must have love it. It's probably the best chocolate dessert that I've had in a while.

Hi Julia,

The chocolate pyramid is to die for. It's probably one of my favorite desserts.

It's settled. I'm going back this weekend so I can take a cutaway picture for both you and AG to drool over. =P

Hi MBS,

I don't know if fusion cuisine is common in Laos, but JJ did his training in New York. I believe he started as a dishwasher at Maxim's.

The food did look interesting, but it wasn't as good as it could have been. I'm not really into fusion I guess.

Hi Gail,

I think it was ramen noodles too if you ask me. I have to check with JJ when I go back there this weekend. The desserts are the best, so much better than Cafe Laufer. Thanks for the comment on the photos.

Hi Stacey,

I hope you had fun in Hawaii. It sure looks like you ate at quite a number of places. What did you think of the food? Maybe next time, you need to visit JJ's for the desserts.

Reid

Hi Cheryl,

Oooh, thanks for the link. Everything looks so good. I'll definitely have to try that place the next time I'm in Singapore! =)

I love desserts too, expecially well made ones. Even though the food here at JJ's was nothing to write home about, it's the desserts that make this place special and worth visiting.

Hi Suebob,

I'm in the process of remodelling too. Hopefully, the new loook with be with me for a while. I'm planning on working on a couple more logos, then putting them up for vote. Which ever garners the most votes, will become my permanent logo.

Thanks for the compliment! =)

Hi Clare,

Yes, you're right about ratatouille. This one is Asian inspired. I don't know why he chose to use that name for the dish though.
Believe me, the pastries are much better than they look! =P

Hi MBS,

The chocolate pyramid is great isn't it? Did you have the one with raspberry? While the ratatouille looks good, it was just OK flavorwise, and the portion was quite small.

Hi Mr_me,

Thank you! I'm actually planning on posting all of the menus that I have, so look for a lot of the posts to be updated. I'm also going to categorize them by location and cuisine, so look out for that as well. =)

Thanks again!

Hi fish fish,

The desserts here are to die for...and I know you like desserts! The one with the raspberry sauce was great. I like the contrast of sweet and tart! Mmmm! I'm going back for another one this weekend. =)

Hi Trisha,

If you do visit JJ's let me know what you think. The food is OK for the price. If you do go, you definitely have to try the desserts. =)

clare eats

Hey Reid?
Did you ee they Matcha mousse Cake I had on my blog? That wa Awesome too :)

Have you decided what you want from Oz yet?

stacey

hi reid! i liked the food, as always :) i suppose i did get a couple new things, at curry house i got a tako ball curry, which i never had before. it was alright but i suppose i'm not a good critic like you. I also got furikake mahi mahi and "you hungry?" which was ok too, I think I prefer other stuff at "you hungry?" ... they have good laulau. Probably my favorite thing (and I get this EVERY time I go there) is the beef lemon salad at Pho 1. It's rare beef, sweet with lemon... ono! Also, I love chun wah kam, but they were out of my favorite, taro manapua :)

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