Monday, December 31, 2012

Cafe Kaila

(Hey everyone, Aaron here. Just wanting to wish all of my blog readers a Happy New Year! Hoping 2013 is a great year for all!)

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
(Cafe Kaila)

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.

Belgian Waffle
(Cafe Kaila)

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.

Breakfast BLT
(Cafe Kaila)
My father usually sticks with traditional breakfasts, so he got two eggs (scrambled), ham, and potatoes. Awesome color on the potatoes. I'd personally pay a bit more for a larger meat portion.

A more traditional breakfast:
Eggs, ham, potatoes, and toast
For me, the portions aren't immense, but others may leave with leftovers. Everyone should leave with a satisfied stomach. Friendly service. I'm certainly a fan. Check this place out! 7.5/10

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