Friday, August 31, 2012

Cafe VIII 1/2

This place is a one of a kind dining experience. They're located in the heart of downtown Honolulu in between Mandalay and Ali'i Place. The interior of the restaurant is a bit cluttered. The highlight is the chef. He has an interesting personality. For some reason, he gets angry while he's cooking so you'll hear him mumbling, swearing, and throwing pans around in the kitchen. If he recommends you a dish, you should order it or make someone else in your party get it. You can say no but when he gets back into his kitchen, you'll hear something. Don't let the chef scare you away, the food here is excellent and his wife is very nice. She takes care of the front of the house. The prices are high but the portions are big.

They don't take reservations for lunch. I recommend getting there by 11:45am because at 12pm, the restaurant is already full. They only seats you'll get is the small tables outside. Another reason why you should dine here is because the Alliance Building is up for sale and so the restaurant will be closing. They don't have the exact closing date yet but you can leave your business card with them and they'll contact you in the future when they find their new location.

1067 Alakea St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-4064

Bread (complimentary)

Radiatore Verde

Carbonara
Puttanesca

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