AQUA Waikiki Joy Hotel
320 Lewers St
Honolulu, HI 96815
There was a part of my brain that somehow associated deep fried foods with cheap and lower “quality” food, but trying the tonkatsu (breaded deep fried pork) at Kimukatsu has reset that part of the brain. Tonkatsu can be fancy!
Nestled near downtown Waikiki, Kimukatsu produces some delicious well breaded and light tonkatsu and other katsu type dishes. We ordered the classic tonkatsu and kobe beef katsu. If you looked closely at the photo of the tonkatsu, you can see that there are actually many different layers of the pork, as if they’ve painstakenly shaved the meat layer by layer and put it back together to form the patty. Is that the key to airy feel when biting into the meat? The kobe katsu was also delicious to eat. It was more robust in flavor and also had a similar delicate crunchy breading. The refreshing salad on the side was the perfect accompaniment to balance out the hot in temperature katsu.
Conclusion: You haven’t had good katsu until Kimukatsu.
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.