Cafe by day, wine bar by night. This (recently opened) establishment is the sister restaurant of Shokudo, the ever-popular swanky Japanese fusion eatery located on the brink of Ala Moana Shopping Centre. Oh and best of all, the two restaurants are located right next to each other! So make use of the mall’s free parking and come dine at one of my most favourite brunch places in all of Honolulu.
After spending the day snorkelling and driving around the north shore, we decided to come back into the city to check this place out. We couldn’t have come at a better time – the place was practically empty at 3pm! Which was a sigh of relief seeing as how popular the cafe was getting despite having only been open for a month.
With endless light coming in through the tall glass panels, the cafe was not only bright and airy – but it was quite spacious too. Making for an ideal place to catch up with friends, have a casual meeting or even kicking back with a cup of coffee, an ahi sandwich and your laptop beside you.
The tables here are completely self-service. The cutlery and serviette station is complete with a lemon water dispenser located next to a counter, from which you can also purchase meat and cheese from.
After ordering at the counter, we were given our number in a mason jar which I thought was a very cute idea! Our table also came with a very adorable-looking pot containing mint in it for us to use if we had wanted to.
Lobster Bisque Mac & Cheese $9.95
Everybody loves mac and cheese, right? But wait until you add in some lobster pieces and serve it in a skillet while it’s still bubbling hot. Be careful though: I was a bit careless with my hand placement at one point!
The mac and cheese had a delicious lobster taste throughout the entire dish that had me desperately scraping for any last few bits of sauce at the very end! For any of you cheese lovers out there, I would highly recommend this dish. But maybe share with a friend because there are many other dishes worth trying from the menu too!
Kalua Pork Sandwich $13.0
You might ask: what on earth is kalua pork? Well neither Dirk nor I had had a clue what it was when we had ordered it either. Turns out, kalua refers to a Hawaiian cooking method that involves roasting the meat in an underground oven until it gets very tender and then shredding it into small serving pieces.
And I am definitely a fan. The pork shoulder meat was so tender and juicy! The dish had also came with a side of colourful salads and pickled vegetables, giving the dish a fresh component which even I had enjoyed (and no, I usually don’t like salads).
A few other noteworthy dishes that had piqued my interest in wanting to come back include their pizzas (french dip or four cheese & honey), the taro and banana pancakes, and their shrimp pepperoncino squid ink pasta. They even serve spam and quail egg musubis for breakfast if you come early enough in the day! ?
Beautifully minimalistic cafe – with clean, modern takes on classics such as mac & cheese
Bread + Butter
1585 Kapiolani Blvd,
Honolulu HI 96814