Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good Eats: The Pig and the Lady

This isn't something I normally do.  I wouldn't post a Good Eats about a place I never ate, but The Pig and the Lady has 3 things going for it: a good chef, a good restaurateur, and a good review.  The chef is Andrew Le, who was a sous chef at Chef Mavro.  Chef Mavro is one of the best, if not the best, 5-star restaurant in Hawaii.  Working at Chef Mavro's for 5 years speaks volumes to Andrew's talent and ability.  The restaurateur is Hank Adaniya, creator of the cutting-edge Trio restaurant in Chicago.  Hank is famous for grooming new chefs and concepts and is now focusing his energies in Hank's Haute Dogs.  The reviewer is John Heckathorn, a long time food critic in Hawaii that covers everything from 5-star restaurants to mom-and-pop stands.  

The concept for The Pig and the Lady is simple, it's a Vietnamese-fusion "pop-up" restaurant.  A pop-up restaurant is a restaurant that pops-up anywhere, even in another restaurant.  The pop-up usually stays in one place for a short time, disappearing then popping up somewhere else.  The cuisine is Vietnamese fusion.  Chef Andrew Le is Vietnamese and his training at Chef Mavro's was in fusion cuisine, so it's natural he's starting a Vietnamese fusion restaurant. This week, The Pig and the Lady is popping up in Hank's Haute Dogs at night.  

This works because Hank's isn't normally open for dinner.  Their clientele is the lunch and early dinner crowd.  Hank's Haute Dogs is located at 324 Coral Street and is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and 11:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  The Pig and the Lady will open for dinner this week from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and do a late night service of appetizers until midnight.  Dinner is by reservations only.

What's more interesting is that Hank is known for grooming great chefs, so is it coincidence that Andrew Le has the opportunity to use Hank's kitchen and restaurant?  Maybe, but maybe not.  Also, Chef Le's business partner is Martha Cheng, who is the co-owner of Melt, a gourmet food truck that serves grilled cheese sandwiches.  This sounds like an All-Star Team in the making.  But the proof is in the pudding, so check out John Heckathorn's review at Biting Commentary (click on link in name).

Also catch a You-Tube Video review from Mari Taketa from Nonstop Honolulu.

Interested?  Want to know more?  Stop by their website The Pig and the Lady or email them at pigandthelady@gmail.com.


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