We've visited La Bourgogne several times over the years and have always had a great experience. This is one of our favorite places to dine on the islands after 6 years of living in Hawaii (Oahu). There are plenty of overly expensive, overly dramatic, overly pretentious restaurants with great views all over Hawaii. La Bourgogne is the contrarian: a small intimate, family owned place with hearty French country fare at very reasonable prices (particularly for Hawaii). The Chef/owner/sommelier Ron and his wife run the show from start to finish with an intimate knowledge of every item on the menu. My son had the mussels as an appetizer and the local Kona lobster fettuccine as a main course. We lived in the Northwest for 11 years and are have seldom had really nice mussels anywhere else: these were very fresh, crisp and tasted like they just hopped out of Penn Cove. My locally sourced rabbit baked in a delicate lavender broth was perfectly done, tender but not mushy. My wife had the traditional veal chop in a mustard crust, tender, juicy and loaded with flavor. The wine list is small but very well thought out and very reasonably priced. It would be tough to imagine that you could not find a perfect wine for the meal from the selection. There were 5 French red burgundy's on the list (none of the usual generic village wines) and Ron pointed me to a nicely balanced one that fit our tastes. We lived in Belgium about 12 km north of France for 2 years and spent a lot of time exploring real French restaurants. The true gems for us were found found in the small country inns and bistros off the main tourist route: warm, friendly places in simple surroundings with consistently great food fresh from the land. This is the essence of La Bourgogne.
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