Panya Bistro puts an extra-fancy touch on comfort food. The trendy eatery at Ala Moana Shopping Center infuses the taste of Southeast Asia and Europe into the pastas, soups and sandwiches it serves. Although most meals can be taken to go, there’s an elegance about it that in no way compares to what you get at a fast food restaurant.
Panya has been a part the island cuisine scene for more than 15 years. Its super-sleek-and-simple P A N Y A facade can be spotted at Ala Moana, in urban Honolulu and at Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center. Panya’s elegant cuisine manages to stretch across the appetite spectrum and includes breakfast, brunch, lunch, linner and dinner.
The self-serve pastries and breads are the perfect snack for shoppers wanting something quick to eat. The chocolate cream horn and Portuguese sausage croissants are sinfully-delicious, to say the very least, and not too expensive either. The average pastry costs about $2, but if you choose to order a meal, then it’ll be a different story.
It’s no surprise that fancy food comes with a fancy price. A bowl of soup costs about $6, while a sandwich can be more than $12. In Panya’s defense, the eatery does pack each dish with fresh and quality ingredients, so it’s worth the price, if you’re willing.
Look around, and you’ll also see people slurping up Panya’s famous Laska. It’s a Singapore-Malaysian-style noodle dish that blends together exotic curry sauces and broths. Perfect for those rainy days in Hawaii.
What’s perfect for shoppers is the full bar just beyond the elegant display of pastries at the front of the eatery. Panya serves exotic martinis and fashionable cocktails to help customers wind down from a day of splurging. Make sure to come for the twice-daily happy hours (3-6pm and 9pm-Closing), and you’ll leave the mall feeling less guilty about all the money you spent!
PANYA BISTRO • Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814 • 808-946-6388 • www.panyagroup.com