Cafe Kaila is located in the Market City Shopping Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Many people know by now that I'm a big breakfast fan. Even better when you see a waiting list (to get seated) form on a Monday. I came by with my family on this visit, and seven names were on the waitlist before us. I expected a longer wait, but we got seated in a reasonable amount of time, perhaps 15 minutes.
It's a very inviting environment. A contemporary feel, with high-quality traditional breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast is served all day, while the lunch orders begin at 11 a.m. I also noticed that there are two menus: one in English and another in Japanese. I saw several Japanese tourists inside, so that was one heck of a great decision.
I also thought it was cool to have some people sit at the counter. Since I didn't really see alcohol choices, it resembles that upscale diner aspect.
The Cinnamon French Toast ($7.50) features three large pieces of Hawaiian sweet bread soaked in a cinnamon-egg mixture. The toast gets dusted with powdered sugar and served with a side of maple syrup. You can get bananas, caramelized apples, blueberries, or strawberries on top for $2 each. I ended up getting both strawberries and blueberries. I enjoyed it, and probably would have liked a bit more cinnamon. I should mention that I'm a cinnaholic, so its current form should be fine for the vast majority of customers. I found the French toast hard to cut with a butterknife. A steak knife should be a better weapon to conquer this food.
|Cinnamon French Toast|
The Belgian waffle is another immensely popular item, and we all agreed it was the best of the dishes we ordered. It's extremely light; crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Although you'll get a side of syrup for this one, I think the malty, sweet waffle batter (which also gets powdered sugar and whipped cream) doesn't require additional sweetness to be enjoyed.
|Got a small portion to myself!|
In fact, while we were standing outside waiting for our table, one of the employees came out with waffle samples. Real cool of them to do that.
|Employee handing out Belgian waffle samples|
The Breakfast BLT comes with your choice of white, wheat, sourdough, or rye bread. Really a BLT with scrambled eggs added. A very good job on the bacon: crispy and not burnt. There's mayo on here, which I'm not a huge fan of, but you could easily omit that if you wanted to.
|A more traditional breakfast:|
Eggs, ham, potatoes, and toast