First Second Third…Harbor Court Bistro

Harbor Court Bistro located at 66 Queen Street is the third restaurant at this location. Palominos was the first and lasted a while but left due to the increasing rent. Next came the short lived Cassis. Time will tell if this restaurant will make it in downtown Honolulu.

Yesterday was the opening day of Harbor Court Bistro. Usually, perhaps due to curiosity, a new restaurant is packed. My co-worker Nic and I had no trouble getting in at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. I made a reservation but when we arrived we were to be seated even before they checked our names.

Harbor Court Bistro was by no means empty but there was room for more.

Our waiter asked what we wanted to drink. I opted for plain old tap water but Nic tried the Mango “Cool Waters” ($4). She said it tasted good but would have preferred it more if it was served with ice.

I ordered the daily chowder ($6) which was a seafood chowder. The soup was filling and chocked full of seafood including fish and a mussel and was quite tasty. However, the mussel was cold and the soup lukewarm. I mentioned this to our waiter who said that the double boiler was broken.

Nic ordered the French Maui Onion Soup which was steaming hot with lots of melted cheese. I tried the onion soup and it was very good. We both said that we would order the onion soup if we came back.

While we having our soup, the waiter brought us some fresh, warm rolls which were delicious.

I also ordered the fresh summer rolls ($6) which were filled with fresh vegetables, poached shrimp and kalua pork as my main course. This dish was disappointing. The pork was tough and the wrap was hard.

Nic tried the Four Cheese Pizza which she wouldn’t order again. She said the sauce tasted like tomato paste and was nothing special.

Sandwiches range form $9 – $11 and come with a choice of French fries or a house salad. They include BBQ Pastrami, Kal Bi Chicken, Grilled Portobello, Cajun Salmon, Crab & Avocado, and Grilled Steak.

Harbor Court Bistro also features the executive lunch which is a choice of either green tea chicken ($23), NY steak ($23), mushroom risotto ($20), or stuffed baked opah ($27) and includes the soup du jour, house or Caesar salad, and ice cream or sorbet.

I need to give Harbor Court Bistro another chance but I’m not in a rush to go back.