Monday, January 19, 2015

Kakaako Kitchen

Kakaako Kitchen is located in Ward Centre (on Ala Moana Blvd.) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While on my Hawaii trip, I quickly dug through the archives and realized (to my shock) that I hadn't blogged about this place. I remember coming here several times with my high school and college buddies.

It's slightly upscale Hawaiian-style plate lunches and desserts here. You can dine al fresco if you want.

"Stuffed Cabbage the Local Way" ($10.50) is the Saturday Chef's Pick. Stuffed cabbage with kalua pork and ground beef inside. Very good tomato sauce. The cabbage retained a bit of its crunch, even after stewing in the sauce to soak up all that tomato-y goodness.

The shichimi chicken featured a flavorful sauce, with shiitake mushrooms and green onions on top. A top-notch dish in my book. I was told it was a special, so I don't know how often this is featured.

And of course, I had to try their Loco Moco ($10.95). You know you have perfect overeasy eggs when that yellow yolk runs all over the gravy, rice, and hamburger. And to think, they also have a Kalua Moco (kalua pig instead of hamburger patties). The caramelized onion gravy had amazing, intense flavor that I seek to bring everything together. I got the mixed greens on this one to be different.

Good mac salad here, although, for my tastes, I'd prefer it a little more peppery and slightly less mayo.

I tried three of their desserts because panda science always attempts to leave room for such sweet morsels.
  • Lemon Bar: Probably one of the better lemon bars I've had. Still gooey on the inside, extremely refreshing.
  • Tiramisu Bar: Easily the most stunning of the desserts in appearance with light brown and dark brown "swirls" on top. Looks like an incredible mosaic. Oh, and if you love tiramisu, this is the dessert for you.
  • Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bar: The panda basically did a 180 about three times and wanted to eat the entire tray. Winner winner panda dinner.

This spot is located in Ward Centre, so lots of foot traffic and places to go to. The movie theater is also nearby.

A great place for lunch, dinner, and dessert! 8.75/10

1 comment:

  1. I was at this place last month; I spent much of my early evening just staring out the windows sipping my glass of wine. These Boston restaurants deserve kudos for their nice selection of wine.