Ryan's Grill (2006-11-05)
The restaurant is very "American-looking" with cushioned booths,
wood panels and flooring, and ceiling fans. We decided to eat in
the dining area instead of the lounge and lanai. I don't
understand why people want to eat in the lanai when it's so hot and
muggy. Air-conditioning is definitely the way to go for us.
We thought of ordering an appetizer and an entree each but worried
the serving might be big. We hate to over-order and waste
food. So at the end, we got an appetizer and an entree to
share. I'm glad we did because the serving was big. We were totally
stuffed when we finished and still left a big chunk of ribs untouched.
The appetizer we got was Dungeness crab and artichoke dip with
focaccia bread. The flavor of the dip was overpowered by too much
onion and mayo. I could see chunks of crab meat and artichokes
but their taste was unrecognizable. The dish was saved by
the wedges of warm and soft herb accented focaccia. I could
easily have eaten the bread by itself without the dip.
Main course/entree was BBQ ribs with a guava-tamarind glaze.
were shocked wide open when the platter with two huge slabs of ribs on
top of rice and slaw arrived. Do they expect customers to share
their entrees or are there people who can actually finish theirs by
themselves? The ribs were tender enough and full of smoky flavor,
although I couldn't detect any guava taste in the sauce but the
tamarind could've contributed to the tanginess of it. The sauce
was more of a run-of-the-mill BBQ sauce but still tasty (I'm a BBQ
freak, so unless the sauce is extremely weird and bad, I'll say it is
However the ribs were a bit on the dry side, they could've slathered a
lot more on them or even a little bowl of sauce on the side would've
Service was also good. If we lived in Honolulu, we
wouldn't mind going back to try the other interesting looking items on
the menu. Since there was the constraint of time, we'd have to
leave the second visit for our return trip.
Ryan's Grill 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
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