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FLOW EATS: Piggy Smalls
Words + photos by Sydney Ro
Piggy Smalls, which is the sibling of the popular Downtown spot Pig & The Lady, opened up its doors last week Friday (October 14) at Ward Center in the old Kua Aina Burger location. This new Asian fusion restaurant has quickly become one of my new favorites. Upon first impression, it is already impressive with its cute and unique aesthetic. Throughout the restaurant, it becomes almost like a game of how many pigs you can find.
And if you happen to be going at night, you’ll be able to see the romantic fairy lights hanging right above their larger table outside for bigger parties. The environment alone was a good beginning for my dining experience.
I was pleased right off the bat when we ordered drinks. I ordered a limeade and after a few sips, I realized that the intensely green color came from vegetables that were infused into it. It was a nice surprise, since the sweet and citrus ratio were perfect and the vegetable taste didn’t dominate the drink, but still gave you a subtle serving of veggies.
For my entree, I ordered their interpretation of pho which didn’t have a typical kind of pho broth. Instead it was a small amount of spicy sauce, just enough to let the noodles soak in the flavor. It didn’t leave a massive amount of neglected broth in the end, like most pho/noodle places. The dish was packed with plenty of herbs and shrimp to give it some protein (recalling how it tasted makes my stomach crave for more of it as I’m writing this review).
The shrimp was cooked, seasoned, and prepared so perfectly. I appreciated that I didn’t have to worry about accidentally eating a tail while I was enjoying it. The herbs really added depth to the flavors in the dish, along with the peanuts, which were a nice added touch that amazingly complimented the pho. As for the broth, I’m not the kind of person who can handle anything that even packs a little bit of spice. I was enjoying the entire dish with no problems (though it could also be because I didn’t incorporate the noodles and broth well together, since the spicy punch intensified a little more towards the end). All in all, the entree was beyond amazing.
We ended our meal with dessert which — just like the entree — had a very diverse flavor palette. I ordered the apple tart dessert, and rather than getting a typical cinnamon apple puree, I got an apple dessert that took it a step further. They kept all the components of a typical apple tart, but added their own Piggy Smalls flair with salted lemon and candied macadamia nuts. The mac nuts were a sweet treat on their own, and just enhanced the dessert even more, while the salted lemon gave it a good contrasting chocolate pretzel type of taste. As with everything else at Piggy Smalls, it all worked together for one amazing end product.
Although this place is a little bit on the pricier side, it’s worth every penny. Every thing I ordered from the drinks to the dessert is a one of a kind, that could not be imitated anywhere else. The food is amazing, the aesthetic is incredibly Instagram friendly, the staff is pleasant and if you’re still on the fence, then do it for the cute piggy Snapchat location filter that they have!
1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
Open for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Open for lunch Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter