One of my favorite newbie restaurants on Oahu, Livestock Tavern is a Farm-to-Table concept which opened in November on Hotel Street in the Chinatown district. The food is prepared well and the flavors are balanced. Presentation and service is good. And a seasonal menu will keep customers returning on a regular basis.
It was a fun afternoon meeting with up with KT to try some of the dishes:
Salad with persimmon, humboldt fog goat cheese, beets and watermelon radish $9 (it was an okay dish, expected more persimmon and less frisée lettuce)
Buratta, figs, pesto and arugula (very fresh Buratta, nice pesto, loved it) $12
Braised Beef Tongue Sandwhich with thick cut fries (was surprisingly tender and prepared like a French dip Sandwhich; a popular dish among locals)
The bourbon lobster tail with scalloped potatoes and wilted greens sounded good, but ordered the Tavern Burger with bacon onion marmalade, gruyere, tomatoes on a fresh baked kaiser bun instead. $14 (a pretty good gourmet buger for Oahu.)
We had no room for dessert. While I was there more for the conversation than food, I would certainly return again to Livestock. And with their steady hand at preparing solid American dishes I expect them to stick around for a long while.
Note: Reservations are needed for the main dining room (photo above) but walk ins are welcome for their bar section which serves a full menu. The place gets crowded very quickly.
Parking: Two paid parking lots located one block north and east of the restaurant. Street parking is difficult.
49 N Hotel Street, Honolulu HI