New Menu Items Commemorate Longhi’s 12-Year Anniversary
Longhi’s at Ala Moana has some new food.
Photos: Lennis Omalza
In the elevator on our way up to Longhi’s, the Italian eatery on the third floor of Ala Moana Center, we were already hearing buzz about the construction that will ultimately obstruct the restaurant’s beautiful scenic view. “Is it going to block the whole thing?” “When will it be done?” Clearly, we weren’t the only patrons worried about how condo construction was going to affect our dining experience. Still, we proceeded, because we were ready to try the two new breakfast items recently added to the menu.
Upon being seated, we immediately ordered the tiramisu pancakes and the Italian loco moco, since, out of 20 new dishes added to the Longhi’s menu last month, these two are the only breakfast items. To our surprise (and disappointment), our server returned shortly after taking our order to inform us that the Italian Loco Moco wouldn’t be served until 11 a.m. It was only 8:30, so we opted for Charlie’s Sunrise Pasta instead, since it’s newish, having just been added to the menu last year.
It took a while to get our food, which was expected—our server notified us that Sunrise Pasta takes 20 minutes to cook—but we were pleasantly surprised with the linguine dish once it did arrive. Tossed with three eggs and topped with Italian sausage, tomatoes, basil, garlic, Parmesan and ricotta, the dish tastes clean and fresh. Every ingredient can be tasted; there seems to be no other added spices or additives. It does, however, seem more like a lunch or dinner entrée than breakfast.
The tiramisu pancakes, on the other hand, are like dessert—a very dense, cold, sugar-laden dessert. Layered with a tiramisu filling of Kahlua liqueur, espresso and Italian mascarpone, the cakes are topped with lots of whipped cream and an espresso chocolate drizzle. Though the tiramisu filling is delicious, we couldn’t quite finish it all, because it was just too sweet. Also, even though our server assured us the pancakes are made fresh to order, their texture seemed suspiciously close to the Eggo freezer variety.
Overall, this Longhi’s experience left us less than impressed, but we’re hopeful some improvements will be made before the restaurant’s entire scenic view is blocked. Next time, we’ll go for dinner instead.
Longhi’s, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., #3001, 947-9899, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
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