Panya Bistro – Honolulu, HI

I have a soft spot for Panya Bistro because it is one of the few restaurants in Hawaii that serve laksa. I love laska. Panya moved locations from Ala Moana to the old PF Chang location in Ward. This is my first visit since the move and I wasn’t all that impressed. I came for a business gathering so I didn’t get to try the laksa – I felt like the dishes were overpriced and the wait staff weren’t too nice to us because we had a big party.

140415-01Garlic Stir-fry Edamame – $8.00

140415-02Fried Baby Octopus – $10.00
Good dish, it was served with a mayonnaise and shoyu sauce. I’ve never had that kind of sauce before – I did enjoy the baby octopus!

140415-03Steamed Clams with White Wine Bacon Sauce – $15.00
They ask if you would like it with garlic bread to dip in the broth – the garlic bread costs extra though.

140415-04Garlic French Bread – $6.00
Here’s the garlic bread – the bread and clams were just okay.

Pricey right? I just looked up my laksa dish on the new menu, $18 bucks! I don’t think so! I need to learn how to make it myself and just stuff my face then. lol…I just have to find a container of laksa paste. If you’re going to treat yourself to a good meal, I suggest you try Tango Contemporary Cafe.

Here’s the segment about laksa that started my love for it: Food Safari

4 comments

  1. jalna says:

    WOW!!! WOW!! The first wow is for the EXPENSIVE prices at Panya. The second wow is for the laksa. I never heard of it. I wonder if the DnQ store would have the paste. I wonder if I would ever attempt to make it. It’s kinda too hard for me.

    • jenny says:

      Hey Jalna! Yes! The prices are yikes! And one review I read said that not only did they raise prices but they also made the portions smaller. How’s that ya? Did you get to watch the video? Doesn’t it look amazing? Too funny but I went to DNQ today for something else and they don’t have the laksa paste. 🙁 The video’s shortcut version is already pretty advanced but looks worth the effort!

  2. myra says:

    Wow, they really raised their prices! At the Ala Moana shopping center location I always got the laksa and I think it used to be about $13.

    • jenny says:

      Hi myra! Glad to know I’m not the only one that ate the laksa! And $13 is about the right price – it’s really so sad they hiked it up so much. I don’t plan on going back anytime soon now.

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