Friday, April 18, 2014

Koko Head Cafe

If you're an early riser, Koko Head Cafe is the place you want to be for breakfast. If you go at 7AM, there's no wait time. If you go around 11AM on the weekend and you have 5 or more people, your wait time could be about 30 minutes or more. The restaurant is small and most of the tables are set for 4. They also have a small bar at the front where you can see into the kitchen and watch Chef Lee Ann and her team create your dish.

The items on the menu are created with local ingredients. Some of the items I recommend are the breakfast bruschetta, congee, and the don buri chen. If it's your "cheat day," order Elvis's revenge because it is good and no one on this island makes anything like that. You can also jazz up your breakfast with some drinks as they do have a full bar. The prices are a bit high but you're paying for fresh local ingredients and you are supporting a local business. If you're having trouble finding street parking, you can park in the paid lot on 11th and Waialae where Big City Diner and Happy Days is.

1145C 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808)732-8920

Breakfast Bruschetta

Kim Chee Bacon Cheddar Scone

Coffee & Doughnuts

Chicken Dumplings

Elvis's Revenge

Reuben Frittata

Breakfast Congee

Don Buri Chen

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wing Shave Ice & Ice Cream

They are an ice cream parlor in Chinatown that makes unique flavors. Their entrance is on N Pauahi Street across from Summer Frappe, not Maunakea Street. When you walk into the shop, you'll see a chalk board on the back wall. What you see on the chalk board is the menu . The homemade ice cream flavors are usually in the middle of the board. I haven't had any flavors that tasted bad yet. The owner makes the ice cream in small batches so they sell out pretty fast. There's always new flavors so this is one place you want to visit often. A single scoop is a little over $3. They accept credit cards so you can bring the whole family after your dim sum brunch.

They are in the heart of Chinatown so street parking is your best option. You can park in the paid lot on Maunakea Street which is around the corner but that payment machine doesn't give change so don't pay with large bills.

1145 Maunakea St
Ste 4
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 536-4929

Hurricane Popcorn

Li Hing Mango

Avocado

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Izakaya Torae Torae

They are located at the corner of Young and McCully Street. It's izakaya style and they have a lot of delicious food items on the menu. Their fish is very fresh and the chef at the sushi bar can oversee the whole place. I sat at the sushi bar and the chef would check from time to time to make sure everyone was doing okay. My favorites were the chu-toro, o-toro, ahi tataki, snow crab croquette, pork belly kakuni, and dashi tamago. The dashi tamago is not on the menu and you have to request for it when you make your reservation. It is not guaranteed that you'll get it because Chef Hide makes it himself and if it's a busy night, he will not be able to step away from the sushi bar.

The quality of their ingredients are excellent and the prices are very reasonable compared to other sushi places on the island. They opened a few weeks ago so it's BYOB. If you plan to have dinner here, I recommend making a reservation. They are limited on parking spaces so car pooling might be a good idea.

1111 McCully St
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 949-5959

Chu-toro

O-toro

Spicy Ahi Tartare

Ahi Tataki

Snow Crab & Corn Cream Croquette

Vegetable Tempura

Pork Belly Kakuni

White Dragon Roll

Dashi Tamago (by request only)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Otto Cake

They used to be located in Chinatown but they are now in Kaimuki. The owner, Otto, bakes up all different flavors of cheesecakes daily. Their flavors will usually get posted on twitter or instagram. The cheesecake slices are $5 each and they're kept at the perfect temperature so you can eat it right away. They even have tables and chairs inside for you to eat on. Some of the flavors are very interesting such as bacon and maple or root beer float. I recommend trying some of those out of the ordinary flavors because some of them work.

They only accept cash. There is some street parking on 12th Ave or you can park inside the paid lot with all the restaurants. If you plan to order a whole cheesecake from them for a special occasion, you need to order anywhere from 2-3 months in advance. It is probably best to go there in person to place the order.

For more information about Otto Cake, visit www.ottocake.com.

1127 12th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 834-6886

Almond Cookie

Green Tea

Mint Chocolate Chip

Orange Chocolate Chip

Rootbeer Float
Lehua Blossom Honey

Monday, February 24, 2014

Chukaya Sea Dragon Table

They are located at the corner of S King and Kaheka Street where Jin Din Rou used to be. They have kept the interior of the restaurant the same. Some of the dishes are very similar to what was on Jin Din Rou's menu but the taste is different. Their signature dish is the dragon ball soup. I recommend trying it. They have xiao long bao but the dumplings didn't have any soup in them. My favorite dishes were the kakuni steamed buns and the crabmeat fried rice because they had the most flavor. The prices of all their dishes are reasonable. If you're coming with a small group (4 or less), you can just walk in. They have parking in the back of the restaurant.

1491 S King St., Ste 105
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 941-2929

Spicy Won Ton

Kakuni Steamed Buns

Sho Ron Po (xiao long bao)

Dragon Ball Soup

Sweet Sour Pork w/ Black Vinegar

Cold Noodle

Crab Meat Fried Rice