Located in the Medical Arts Building, Le Guignol is a quaint restaurant which features both contemporary and classic French cuisine. BYOB.
The first time I went to Le Guignol, it was run by Travis Sutton’s brother. Travis was preparing dessert then. Now Travis is the chef and he is doing a wonderful job with the restaurant. The menu has changed a little but the food is still good.
Girls night this month was held at Le Guignol. Both SM and JI hadn’t been to Le Guignol and both were very pleased. SM ordered the wild mushroom soup with white truffle oil, walnuts and creme fraiche )$5.95) and the boneless short ribs ($23.95). JI had the house salad with the roasted salmon ($23.95). I opted for a half rack of Australian lamb ($29.95).
The wild mushroom soup looked good, chock full of mushrooms. SM said that it was rich and creamy. Both SM and JI said their entrees were great and ate everything on their plate. The sauce for the salmon was unique. It was a red wine and beet reduction. The salmon was served with lamb sausage and Hamakua mushrooms.
The lamb which is one of the specialties was very good. A half rack was 5 chops. I asked for the lamb to be cooked medium and it came out perfect. The sauce was a green peppercorn and sherry veloute sauce. The sauce was delicious, light and not overpowering. The lamb was served with sauteed broccoli and peppers and a potato puree. I could have eaten everything too but decided to stop at 3 chops since I wanted to order dessert.
I decided on the chocolate creme brulee for dessert which was rich and oh so good. I’m ashamed to admit that I ate it all. I definitely recommend Le Guignol. Who would have know that Hawaii has such a great French restaurant? Call 591-1809 for reservations. Le Guignol is open for lunch from Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 9 p.m. Try it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.