12th Avenue Grill

Ordering the right food is the difference between a good meal or not. I don’t know where my head was today but what I ordered was NOT what I wanted. My SO and I went to 12th Avenue Grill for dinner tonight. 12th Avenue Grill was named the 2015 Hale Aina Restaurant of the Year so I was really looking forward to eating there.

My SO ordered the Jidori Chicken ($25) and I ordered two appetizers for my dinner…the Carpaccio Surf and Turf ($15) and the Ni’ihau Lamb Corn Dogs ($13). We shared the Buttermilk Fried Calamari ($13) for our starter and the Flourless Chocolate Cake ($9) for our dessert.

The calamari was okay. The breading did not stick on the calamari and some of the calamari was rubbery. However, the portion size was good. RM liked the tomato chutney on the bottom of the calamari which tasted like a mild barbecue sauce.

I obviously did not read the menu because I did not know I was ordering carpaccio. I thought I was getting 3 oz of cooked meat. That being said I was a bit disappointed. My bad. The carpaccio was ok if you like rare meat. I thought the corn dogs would be more like a lamb burger with a crust. I totally blew my meal. The corn dogs were ok but I would not order it again.

Originally, I wanted to order the Sunday Supper which was a prime rib dinner ($36/person; minimum of 2) but my SO wanted to order something else.

The highlight of my meal was the flourless chocolate cake. It was moist and not too sweet.

The couple seated next to us ordered the grilled pork chop ($28) and the macaroni and cheese with mushrooms ($8 + $2). I wish I ordered either of those items instead.

RM enjoyed his chicken. He said it was moist but not quite as good as the chicken at Nordstrom which is about $10 cheaper.

Service was fine. We were seated at a table but would have preferred a booth for more privacy since the tables are very close together.

Call (808) 732-9469 or opentable.com for reservations. 12th Avenue Grill is located at 1120 12th Avenue in the old Victoria Inn restaurant. Street and lot parking is available. No validated parking. RM said he would eat at 12th Avenue Grill again. I’m not sure if I want to. For the money, I think I prefer Le Bistro but may want to try a Sunday Supper.