Review: Bar 35, Honolulu HI
In 49 states, “Hawaiian pizza” implies pie topped with ham and pineapple. But in Hawaii, a state blessed with deep and varied culture, what other pies stand out? What do the locals eat?
|“Veggelicous” – from www.bar35hawaii.com|
I found a well-written article about the best pizza on the island of Oahu, and narrowed my choices down to those in Honolulu. Not surprisingly, none are in the tourist-heavy Waikiki area. With three colleagues, I set out for Bar 35 in Downtown Honolulu.
|Exterior of Bar 35 on N. Hotel St|
Bar 35 in on narrow Hotel Street in the Chinatown district. A narrow front leads into a deep space, with a large bar and dining area in front. Toward the back there are two semi-private rooms with cozy seating and bead curtains. Further back is a large patio area.
On this Thursday evening visit, we opted for one of the back rooms because the main dining area was full with patrons.
The pizzas, which give a slight nod to Roman-style al taglio pie, come in regular (personal) size and large. We ordered a mix of four personal pizzas to share, each one began with a base of tomato sauce and mozzarella:
- Veggelicious, with zucchini, olives, mushrooms, basil, and sesame oil
- Deep Forest, with prosciutto, mushrooms, and EVOO
- Sweet Bangkok, with Chinese sausage, chili sauce, and cilantro
- Simple Pleasure, with basil and EVOO
Bar 35, despite its pizza reputation, is bar first and pizzeria second. There was a great variety of “happy hour” (until 9pm) drink bargains, including a wonderful beer selection and $5 drafts. We all drank beer, from a simple Belgian style blonde to a rich bottled stout, and the selections were terrific.
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Source:: Pizza Quixote