Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

November 14 – 20, 2011 was the 3rd Annual Restaurant Week in Hawaii. Which restaurants would we try this year? After perusing the different places the girls and I could try, I decided on Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar.

Salt is a relatively new, small restaurant on 3605Waialae Avenue. It’s very contemporary, the kind of place for the younger crowd. However, during Restaurant Week, the crowd was more diverse.

When you walk into the restaurant, there are stools and a long bar and a staircase leading to the tables on the second floor. We were seated on the second floor.

The special menu for Restaurant Week was a Mini Charcuterie Sampler, Root Beer Braised Short Ribs or seared Kurobuta Pork Belly and Hamachi, and Bourbon Flan with Almond Brittle & Amaretto Tuile ($30).

Three of us ordered the Root Beer Braised Short Ribs and DK ordered the Pork Belly. None of us had been to Salt before and did not know what to expect.

The first course was the Mini Chacuterie plate with different items (pickled vegetables, mustard, pate with maple syrup, and sliced cured meat and sliced baguette). Everyone liked the sliced cured meat. The pickled vegetables were very tart and not sweet. I prefer my pickles sweeter but LS and DY liked the pickled vegetable. None of us are really liver lovers but the pate with the maple syrup was quite good. The maple syrup gave the pate a different but good twist.

The braised short ribs were very tender and the taste mild. LS & I expected the ribs to be sweeter because of the root beer. DK was happy with her choice of the Kurobuta Pork which was also very tender.

The third course and the best was the Bourbon Flan which was creamy and just perfect. It was the perfect ending to our meal.

Parking is available on the street parking and in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Although Salt did not take reservations initially, it is now possible to make them so I recommend calling in advance because the place can fill up quickly. Their phone number is (808) 744-7567.

The true test of a restaurant is the answer to the question “would I return?”. Unfortunately, none of us would return any time soon. The food and service were fine but in my humble opinion not as good as others on Oahu. DK said that she prefers Hiroshi’s where every course was good.