Me? Sucker for fresh noodles? Uh, yea! So, when we stumbled across Marukame Udon and their reputation for fresh udon noodles, it was our first stop off our early flight that landed at 5:30 am. What better way to be welcomed to Honolulu than to have a hearty slurp worthy breakfast of fresh noodles.
Marukame is a cafeteria style restaurant, so you grab a tray and they take your order. Then you slide over to the tempura section. Boy was it difficult not to pick one of each offering. Offering a number of different options for noodles, hot or cold, hubby went with bukkake style and I went with ontama bukkake style udon. In other words, we had the same thing, but mine had a nice soft boiled egg with glorious golden oozy yolk. The broth was just enough to flavor the noodles and the crunchy tempura flakes and delicately chopped onions took it to another level. Tempura fried chicken was juicy and crunchy, and I like how each tempura option had a slightly different texture batter, though all delicate, super crunchy and did not fall off of its substrate.
Conclusion: I declare this to be a routine stop whenever in Honolulu!
Michel’s at the Colony Surf
2895 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
I admit that I was probably in a wonderful cloud from just being proposed to on their beach, but I was impressed with my overall experience at Michel’s. The staff was wonderfully laid back and attentive. I just love the wonderful Hawaiian hospitality. The food was also very enjoyable. Finally, you can’t beat having dinner facing the beach with the cool breeze and beautiful Hawaiian sunset, and you have the perfect view of Waikiki from Diamond head.
We enjoyed fresh oysters, the ahi duo, which was a perfect combination of ahi carpaccio with light truffle vinaigrette and ahi tartar with red tobikko, diced onions, & walnut oil, seared sweet and fatty foie gras, had a bonus of passion fruit sorbet that I thought was too sweet, and prime black angus filet mignon, kona crab stuffed in a succulent 1/2 Maine lobster, alongside hamakua mushrooms, asparagus, with a wild mushroom sauce & vin blanc.
Conclusion: Perfect not overbearing not snooty service. Not the best food that I’ve had but very good food. Perfect ambiance. 4/5 beepz.
Eggs ‘N Things
343 Saratoga Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
We finally gave in on our last day in Honolulu and decided to wait to try Eggs ‘N Things. At 8:30 am, boy was it crowded! For two people the estimated wait time was 55 minutes and it was actually really close to the estimate and was 50 minutes. I think that for those 50 minutes I was positively entertained because the host was very charming and efficient. By efficient, I mean that they passed out buzzers approx every 15 minutes to patrons and he read names in English and Japanese and even gave a short Japanese bit to every Japanese tourist. It was even more amusing because the host was decidedly NOT Japanese. Fantastic! Finally, our buzzer went off and we headed straight up to the 2nd level dining area to be seated and greeted by our sweet server.
I was in mood have something “lighter,” so I chose something with spinach in it. I had the Spam, Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Omelette with rice. So much for being lighter, huh? 😉 I wasn’t too wow’ed by my dish and found the inside just too soggy to continue eating the rest of it. The fiancé ordered his usual meaty type scramble, the minced Portuguese Sausage, Ham, Spam, or Bacon w/ Green Onions with potato. I sure made the wrong decision ordering the rice, because the crispy little flavorful potato cubes were tasty nuggets of starchy goodness.
Conclusion: Above average breakfast for Ridiculous wait times. It’s a convenient breakfast place in waikiki without having to drive. I’ll take it! 3.5/5 beepz.
Iyasume is the epidemy of a perfect hole in the wall joint. It’s tiny unassuming joint off the beaten path in Honolulu. When You walk in and see their hodge podge menu on the wall, a mix of a few unmatching tables and chairs and random food and coffee maker on sale(?), you
know you are in for the real deal. They specialize in Omusubi. For those who have not had the fortune of enjoying omusubi’s, you are missing out. They are rice balls filled with your choice of a savory or sweet filling from their menu wrapped with nori. One bite in you get the perfectly season salty rice. Two bites in you get your bonus filling with the rice. In our case, we had the very delicious salmon and bonito. My only complaint is that on our second consecutive visit is that they were less generous on the salmon filling.
Conclusion: Definitely venture off the beaten path for delicious Omusubi.
Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen
131 Hekili St
Kailua, HI 96734
This is my 2nd time to Boots & Kimo’s and my first at their new location just down the street from the original. Though it was a tasty breakfast experience, it did not live up to my insanely good memories from my first visit
Huelo Paniolo Omelette – Your basic huge! omelette. Bomb omelette that my fiance destroyed filled with corned beef, onions, tomatoes, and ooey gooey melty swiss cheese.
Banana Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Sauce – Nice and fluffy, but maybe a little too fluffy.
Spam and Rice – I ordered this to balance out the super sweet pancakes =)
515 N Kuakini St
Honolulu, HI 96817-2299
Liliha Bakery has a neighborhood bakery an diner feel that I really enjoyed. Though as a non-local finding Lolita via yelp, I felt like I was walking into a local favorite. On the menu, they have your usual diner foods and Hawaiian favorites. My fiancé chose the loco moco and a butter roll over toast as his side. I chose my usual breakfast favorite two eggs over easy and corned beef hash and for my side, a butter roll as well. The loco moco had a savory hamburger patty and delightfully light gravy sauce. Our butter rolls turned out to be a dinner roll split in half, buttered and toasted ever so slightly on the buttered side, which left a nice light crunch. They make their corned bee hash as a nice round disk of goodness, and like the butter roll, this disk of goodness had a thin crispy membrane on both sides and not too salty. I’ve never had pulverized corned beef hash formed into a disk before and found this to be quite a novel idea to enhance the crispy membrane on the corned beef hash hockey puck. The last thing we added on our to go was two famous coco puffs, which are chocolate custard filled cream puffs. I’m not a huge fan of cream puffs, so I’m probably not a good source to say whether these were bomb or not. However, I did enjoy the smooth chocolate custard filling.
Conclusion: Cozy and friendly neighborhood diner/bakery with good ol’ Hawaiian comfort food. 4/5 beeps!
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
I pretty much have to try anything the travel channel recommends and yelp highly rates, which is how we ended up at Helena’s. Our two foodie friends Selene and Chris had already eaten here the past two days, ao they already knew what to recommend.
Fatty fatty goodness! Here’s the breakdown…
Kahlua pork – Best that I’ve had -smoky, fatty and super moist shredded pork.
Laulau- Pork shoulder in taro leaf, similar experience to the Kahlua pork. Moist and fatty but no smoky flavor as it is steamed.
Short Ribs Pipikaula- Short rib – Short Ribs aged in their marinade first and then deep fried. Though I thought it had good flavor but I didn’t enjoy the beef jerky texture probably resulting in their aging process and deep frying.
Beef stew- this was bomb! Slowly cooked tender beef cubes and flavorful savory thick soupy/sauce. I totally licked the bottom of the bowl.
Tuna poke- fresh tuna in a fresh sauce.
Kimobean Coffee Company
2113 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
We did not want to wait for eggs and things so that is how we ended up at Kimobean. The Ham, cheese, egg croissant sandwich had a toasty flaky croissant and the ooey gooey mozzarella cheese brought it all together. The Mango fruit freeze was the best blended fruit smoothie ever. Because It was blended so smoothly, it was almost creamy and you could tell the mango used was perfectly ripe.
Conclusion: good option for a lighter and quicker breakfast. Try the Mango fruit freeze!! 3.5/5 bpzzz