P.F Chang’s Waikiki

Yes! I can eat solid food now!

The girls and I got together for our September dinner at P.F. Chang’s in Waikiki, the restaurant of choice for Erin, our birthday girl. The restaurant is located on the ground level of Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, facing Lewers Street. The restaurant was a little dark inside, thus the quality of the photos are not the brightest.

We shared everything family style, starting off with my favorite appetizer, Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($10.50). They serve a well-seasoned chicken and water chestnut filling that you wrap your self with chilled iceberg lettuce. The lettuce is always cut into perfect circles – I wonder what they do with the edges of the lettuce? Perhaps that’s where the “Chicken Chopped Salad ($11.95)” comes in… (By the way, if you run out of lettuce, you can ask for refills).

P.F. Chang's - Lettuce Wraps ($10.50)

P.F. Chang's - Lettuce Wraps ($10.50)

For our entrees we ordered a balance of everything (all entrees are served with rice):

Shrimp with Candied Walnuts ($18.50) – this is my favorite shrimp dish here. When I first ordered it I was surprised to see it served with melon balls, but it actually goes well with the saltiness of the shrimp.

P.F. Chang's - Shrimp with Candied Walnuts ($18.50)

P.F. Chang's - Shrimp with Candied Walnuts ($18.50)

Chicken with Black Bean Sauce ($15.95) – simple dish made of exactly just that: tender pieces of chicken breast stir fried in black bean sauce. So yummy over rice.

P.F. Chang's - Chicken with Black Bean Sauce ($15.95)

P.F. Chang's - Chicken with Black Bean Sauce ($15.95)

Lo Mein with Beef ($12.25) – the standard noodles stir fried with veggies and beef. This dish was only so-so.

P.F. Chang's - Lo Mein with Beef ($12.25)

P.F. Chang's - Lo Mein with Beef ($12.25)

Stir-fried Eggplant ($9.95) – delicious in a sweet spicy sauce.

P.F. Chang's - Eggplant ($9.95)

P.F. Chang's - Eggplant ($9.95)

And a sweet surprise – complimentary mini dessert shooters ($2.75/each), since I knew one of the servers. Strawberry cheesecake on the left and red velvet cake on the right provided the perfect amount of sweetness to end a savory meal.

P.F. Chang's - Mini Desserts ($2.75/ea)

P.F. Chang's - Mini Desserts ($2.75/ea)

Everything here is fresh and tasty, and the service is consistently friendly and quick. I call P.F. Chang’s “the Chinese version of California Pizza Kitchen” – they’re both modern, American, family friendly, and you know exactly what you’re getting every time in terms of the quality of food and service.

It just so happened to be the Waikiki Ho’olaulea that night, so Kalakaua Avenue was blocked off with tent after tent of food booths and live entertainment. After dinner we walked around and checked out the crowd, but too bad we were too stuffed to check out any of the food…

PRICE RANGE:$5.95-11.95 for appetizers, $8.95-25.95 for entrees. Click here to view the menu on their website.
MY BILL:$22.00 including my portion of the birthday girl’s meal (the ever resourceful birthday girl brought a coupon for 1 free entree)

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Avenue #116
Honolulu, HI 96815
Mon-Thu 11:00a-11:00p
Fri, Sat 11:00a-12:00 midnight

3 Responses to “P.F Chang’s Waikiki”

  1. 1 Er September 23, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Thanks again for the yummy dinner! It was a great meal (the shrimp and the eggplant was my favorite), and as you know…I was so stuffed after the dinner that I couldn’t even eat my red velvet shot for dessert! Probably shouldn’t have had that Starbucks before dinner! 😉

    It’s funny that you call PF Chang’s “the Chinese version of California Pizza Kitchen”…I call it “The Chinese Shokudo.” Ha! 🙂

    It was a great night…being able to experience part of Hoolaulea for the first time was fun too!

  2. 2 kbrummel September 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What more can you ask for? Great dinner and great company! My favorite was the eggplant. The melon balls in the shrimp dish didn’t quite match for me, though the shrimp were delicious (but the walnuts tasted a bit burnt in my opinion).
    Can’t wait for our next dinner- especially since it’s another birthday celebration! 🙂

    • 3 Er September 24, 2009 at 10:15 am

      Ha…ALL I ate WAS the shrimp in that dish! 🙂 The melon balls seemed a weird combination…and you know how I feel about nuts. The shrimp itself was really good tho! 🙂

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