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Glen Miyashiro
June 8th, 2004, 03:28 PM
In another post, DaFerret said: I still stick to my guns that Stuart's have great caesar salad.

My own benchmark for Caesar salad is rather dated; it's the Caesar salad that Castagnola's used to make. The tableside prep, from scratch, was great dinner theater. The waiter would start with a whole anchovy and a few cloves of garlic, and mash them by hand in the salad bowl with the back of a fork and a squirt of olive oil. Then he'd add the egg yolk, and the worcestershire, and more olive oil, and some grated Parmesan, spinning the bowl and mixing briskly as he added each new ingredient. Then the lettuce, tossed gently to coat all the pieces, and then the croutons. And finally, more freshly grated Parm and black pepper over everything. Mmmmmm.

Does anyone in town do it anywhere near to that these days?

ruth
June 8th, 2004, 03:32 PM
Assaggio and Paesano, I believe, do it in similar fashion. Or, at least they did. I used to order Caesar that way a couple years back.

pzarquon
June 8th, 2004, 03:33 PM
I love Caesar salad, and especially at any place that knows to include anchovies, but to be honest, the Caesar salad in a bag you get at CostCo is good enough for me most of the time.

Besides, the mere mention of Castagnola's makes my stomach turn. My entire family, and my coworkers and their families, got food poisoning (http://www.lightfantastic.org/imr/entries/99/12/991225.html) there in 1999. The Department of Health got involved and everything. I don't know if they're still there, but I don't want to know. Never again.

Glen Miyashiro
June 8th, 2004, 03:40 PM
Besides, the mere mention of Castagnola's makes my stomach turn. My entire family, and my coworkers and their families, got food poisoning (http://www.lightfantastic.org/imr/entries/99/12/991225.html) there in 1999. The Department of Health got involved and everything. I don't know if they're still there, but I don't want to know. Never again.
Whoo, that's pretty brutal. Reminds me of the time a friend showed up at a Sunday barbecue with this big bag of really tasty clams for the grill. I won't go any further with this story. :p

I never visited the Hawaii Kai restaurant - my memories of Castagnola's are from when it was at the Manoa Marketplace, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I know they moved out of there and operated in Waikiki for a few years, and then I lost track of the place altogether.

Glen Miyashiro
June 8th, 2004, 03:41 PM
Assaggio and Paesano, I believe, do it in similar fashion. Or, at least they did. I used to order Caesar that way a couple years back.
Makes sense, as they're both run by former Castagnola's staffers.

Edit: Aha, I knew I remembered this article (http://starbulletin.com/1999/04/28/features/story1.html) about Thomas Ky, the man behind both restaurants.

slickvic
June 8th, 2004, 03:51 PM
Assaggio and Paesano, I believe, do it in similar fashion. Or, at least they did. I used to order Caesar that way a couple years back.
Definitley Assagio's They have the best I have tasted.

-vic

MixedPlateBroker
November 28th, 2007, 01:48 PM
One vote here for Matteo's (http://www.matteoshawaii.com/).

lavagal
November 28th, 2007, 05:36 PM
I will cast my vote and Hail Ceasar from Assagio.

Composite 2992
November 28th, 2007, 08:57 PM
Hy's Steakhouse. They do the tableside prep show, too.

cynsaligia
November 29th, 2007, 07:00 AM
having never been to matteo's (nudges eric), i'll vote for hy's, too.

lavagal
November 30th, 2007, 06:17 AM
The Ceasar salad I had at Assagio Hawaii Kai was made table side. It was wonderful.

Composite 2992
December 1st, 2007, 08:13 AM
I'll have to try that Caesar's the next time we visit Assagio's.

BTW, there was a waiter at Hy's who apparently had no sense of smell and never did learn to make that salad quite right. And he was there for years.

He's hosting a local fishing show now, and does a taste evaluation of the guest chef's creation at the end of the program. Makes as much sense as having a color blind interior decorator.

leashlaws
December 1st, 2007, 10:29 AM
I took GlossyP out for her birthday, lunch at Assaggio in Kailua and we had the Caesar salad, it as always was delicious! There is something so civilized to eat with tableside preparation in the middle of the day, what would have even made it more decadent would have been a martini or two but I was driving!

Kalihiboy
December 1st, 2007, 01:03 PM
Cheapest is Wendy's most likely....

Aj

leashlaws
December 2nd, 2007, 08:06 AM
Cheapest is Wendy's most likely....

Aj

Not ever even in consideration.......;)

escondido100
December 2nd, 2007, 09:07 AM
just a quick bit of ceasar salad trivia......where did they originate?
hint: not in the USA

leashlaws
December 3rd, 2007, 08:35 AM
That's easy - Caesar Cardini in Tijuana Mexico began this tableside in his restaurants there.:)