Brasserie Du Vin

 April 16, 2011

1115 Bethel Street Honolulu, HI   www.bambutwo.com/duvin

This place is definitely not your typical Hawaii restaurant establishment. Tucked away on Bethel Street across from the Hawaii Theater, Brasserie Du Vin offers two different atmospheres. Inside you get the feeling of a pub, with dark wood tones and a big bar running through the restaurant. Outside, in the back, is an semi-open “alley” seating area that reminds you of a cafe in Europe. My wife and I enjoy sitting outside!

Service at Brasserie Du Vin has been great both times we’ve dined in. They offer an extensive selection of wines but my wife and I opt for the happy hour cocktail menu instead. Also off the happy hour menu we ordered the following dishes to share:

Baked brie – Stuffed with pecans, dried cranberries, and Manoa Honey.

Moules frites – Salt spring mussels steamed with white wine, garlic and herbs.

Grilled fish du jour – Mahimahi served with gremolata butter, Manchego cheese on a zesty salad of haricot vert.

Dessert – Chocolate soufflé à la mode

We had read rave reviews about the baked brie on Yelp and wanted to give it a shot. While it was not quite the “mouth orgasm” that some had described, it was a very good dish with great flavors. I would certainly order it again. The moules frites is the dish that broght us to Brasserie Du Vin to start with. Fresh mussels with a great mixture of flavors from the wine, garlic, and herbs. The pomme frites are hot and crunchy. After eating up the mussels I always use some of the house bread to soak up the broth! When we were told the fish du jour was mahi mahi, I was initially turned off. I’m not much of a mahi mahi fan, even though it is a great piece of white fish. We decided to try it out and I’m glad we did. The gremolata butter and manchego cheese worked well together, and the mahi itself was very nicely grilled. For dessert we enjoyed the chocolate souffle, which was good but not the best I’ve had in the islands.

Overall another great visit to Brasserie Du Vin for us. We’ll be back again for happy hour moules frites!

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