Bernini Honolulu (revisited).


Prior to it opening last April (2011), I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of some of the dishes that Bernini Honolulu had to offer.  Nearly one year later, Bernini Honolulu is still going strong serving up beautifully presented dishes that taste as good as they look.  Last night, along with a few friends (@nanigurl @ricknakama @marthacheng @incurablepicure) we were fortunate enough to be hosted by owners Motoyo, Chef Matsumoto and their PR representative @yumi1001 to preview some new menu items that will be available beginning 2/21/12.  I’ll say this upfront that you will not be disappointed.

Marinated Shrimp and Steamed Chicken Infused with Dill. A light dish that doesn't shy away from flavor. The chicken is soft and moist while the shrimp is plump and cooked to perfection. The added greens, herbs & shredded green papaya add a nice touch for body. $14

"Seppie" - Seared Squid served with Sherry Vinaigrette over rice salad. Unfortunately, I don't eat squid (allergic) so I can't tell you much about it other than the fact that @RickNakama doesn't eat squid either but he tried it and enjoyed it thoroughly. I did try the rice salad along with the veggies flavored with the Sherry....I wish I could buy a bottle of that stuff! $16.

One of my favorite dishes of the night. The "Boscaiora" with mixed mushrooms, homemade sausage & a light cream sauce. To be honest I'm not really into creamy or rich and heavy type of dishes but this was still light enough for me to enjoy without worrying about feeling bogged down. If you're a mushroom lover this will certainly be one to try. When the new menu comes out on 2/15 they will serve this dish using Porcini mushrooms! $24.

"Gorgonzola" Gorgonzola cheese & asparagus in a light cream sauce. As I mentioned before I'm not a fan of rich creamy sauces but to my delight these weren't heavy dishes at all. I love how chef uses sauces that could come off as overpowering, yet the flavor of the ingredients remain intact. A delicious choice. The gorgonzola was not too bitter either. $20.

"Pollo" Mozzarella, Chicken, Bell Pepper & Anchovy. It tastes just as good as it looks! A lovely edition to our meal, very colorful and full of flavor. Another favorite of mine for the evening. $18.

"Prosciutto e Mascarpone" Mozzarella, Prosciutto & Mascarpone with Tomato Cream Sauce. A flavorful pizza with a nice sweet buttery like taste accentuated and balanced out by the saltiness from the prosciutto. $21.

For those concerned that some of your favorites will not make the new menu, fear not. Things such as the Beef Ragu and the Panna Cotta below will remain a constant!

My favorite! Panna Cotta! $7.

Chef Matsumoto also graciously let us try his Dolce, the white chocolate mousse. This will only be available on Valentines Day, part of their Valentine's Day menu. Check them out if you have the chance! Go to their Facebook page for the full Valentines menu.

If you have yet to try Bernini, it’s time you went.  Chef Matsumoto received his training in Northern Italy so his Italian Cuisine is as authentic as it gets. Many people have the false belief that this is a Japanese Italian fusion restaurant because of the Japanese owners. Not so, this is the “real deal.” For many of you who have been to Bernini, then you’ll want to wander back and amuse your taste buds with some of these new dishes while staying true to a few of your favorites.

Bernini Honolulu
1218 Waimanu Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-8400 Reservations recommended

2 responses to this post.

  1. Looking forward to visiting Bernini again soon. I remember being able to walk-in when they first opened; now it’s hard to get a reasonable same-day reservation!


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