Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hale Ohuna - CLOSED

Hale Ohuna is Chef Lee Ann Wong's new venture and is located in Kaimuki at the former location of SALT. There are more drinks on their menu than food. If you love sake, this is a good place for you. For food, their specialty is noodles but there is a twist to all the dishes. It's not your average plate of cold noodle or bowl of ramen with shio, shoyu, or miso broth. They use a lot of vegetables in their dishes, which is really good because it made me feel like I was eating healthy. I recommend trying a few dishes on their nightly specials menu and a few from their regular menu. The cold soba with pumpkin dashi was a daring dish for me because I don't like pumpkin in the form of broth but it ended up tasting really good and it was a light dish so I could eat more of the other food. You probably won't see most of these dishes anywhere else on the island so it is worth checking out. Just keep an open mind and be willing to try new things when you eat here. They are only open for dinner and reservations are recommended since the restaurant is small. The interior is the restaurant is very nice and their menus are well designed too. 

The prices are reasonable but they have a few items over $20 and if you go with a group and split the cost, it's not bad. For parking, if you get lucky, you might be able to find a space on Waialae Ave, 12th Ave, or Koko Head Ave and walk over. If not, there's a metered parking lot behind the restaurant and a paid lot on 12th Ave and Waialae Ave.

For more information about Hale Ohuna, visit

3605 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96821

Rice Crusted Salmon Cakes

Lomi Toast w/ Tartare

Cold Soba w/ Pumpkin Dashi

Bacon Leek Ramen

Annin Tofu

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