The chef is Travis "Ala" Sutton:
I brought (no corkage charge) a bottle of Stanford University Collector's Reserve Lail Cabernet Sauvignon and a can of Bitburger beer. I would recommend that they use titanium--instead of lead--wine glasses (hard to break these), for everyone was drinking from thick water glasses. I had something resembling a normal wine glass, but that was the only one in the place. My first course was a combined foie gras sauté with cinnamon stewed cherries, plus tomato salad with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and Big Island honey vinaigrette:
The foie gras looked like a piece of liver, which is a no-no. The taste was okay. Course #2 was a dish of escargot burgundy with roasted garlic and parsley butter:
This might have been the highlight of night. It was truly excellent. Next came veal sweetbreads:
It was a bit doughy, but okay. Did I say my cholesterol reading just about doubled tonight? No expresso nor cappuccino, so I had a cup of coffee, which was lukewarm.
There is something now missing from Le Guignol. I well remember when Sutton's older brother Shane (who is now in Las Vegas) was the chef (Ala was the pastry chef then) and their mother (Leilani, who has since passed away)was the personality that greeted guests. Even only a couple of years ago there was still some class. Ala only had one waiter, who was pleasant, but lacked polish and experience. Their reservation system is also not functioning well. The location is supreme, for you can park there, have a fine meal with all the wine you want, go on to a concert, then, sober, drive home safely.
Chef Sutton needs to re-think his golden duck. The decor can certainly use a minor spruce up, plus, what about real wine glasses. After traveling the world several times and dining at a wide variety of MIchelin 3 stars and Pellegrino Top 100 restaurants, and getting to know some of these personalities, I think Ala can get some of these world-renowned chefs, as they stop through Hawaii, to put in a guest appearance. Perhaps Shane knows Joel Robuchon (I ate at his 3 star restaurant the last time I stayed in Vegas). Even only one dignitary visit a year might suffice. I'll definitely go back to Le Guignol, but I really want the restaurant to reach for a much higher standard. This might well be THE ONLY AUTHENTIC FRENCH RESTAURANT in all of Hawaii. He should strive for at least one Michelin star, something that is attainable with the right planning and orchestration.
Anyway, then I went to see four groups perform across the street. Tom Moffatt MC'd his Summer Soul Fest. The Shirelles, Crystals and Manhattans became popular half a century ago. I believe at least one member of each individual group was an original. The Sylistics got together in the later 60's and had the most professional act.
The Shirelles were the first rock era girl group to make the Billboard Hot 100, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" By 1961 they had hits in "I Met Him On a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)", "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Mama Said," "Baby It's You" and "Soldier Boy." They are the original "Dream Girls" and at around the time of their first hit were accompanying other major artists like Etta James and Little Richard. The Shirelles created most of their songs, but "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," was written by the wife-husband team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, thus starting their career. Burt Bacharach began his with "Baby It's You." Many of their hits were made over by the Beatles, Adele, Dione Warwick, Aretha Fnklin, Erip Clapton, The Mamas and the Papas and Smokey Robinson.
The Manhattans dawdled along through the sixties, but only really struck gold in 1976 with "Kiss and Say Goodbye." A few years later came "Shining Star," their #2 hit. Their lead singer during these heady times was Gerald Alston, nephew of the Shirelles Shirley Owens Alston-Reeves (guess where the Shirelles name came from). These groups keep changing line-ups, for at one time Eban Brown was with them, and is now the lead singer for the Stylistics.
|1||Can't Give You Anything But My Love||3:11||4,316|
|2||You Make Me Feel Brand New||5:50||41,822|
|3||Let's Put It All Together||2:56||9,302|
|4||You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)||3:36||13,403|
|5||Rockin' Roll Baby||4:34||6,315|
|6||Sing Baby Sing||2:54||6,341|
|7||Na Na Is The Saddest Word||3:01||1,975|
|8||7000 Dollars & You||3:22||272|
|9||Star On A TV Show||4:09||2,837|
|10||I'm Stone In Love With You||3:19||19,188|
|11||Betcha By Golly, Wow||3:48||26,953|
|14||Can't Help Falling In Love||3:17||2,859|
|15||Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)||2:52||11,133|
|17||Break Up To Make Up||3:59||25,853|
|18||You Are Everything||3:12||35,005|