My Top 3 Favorite Food Finds in Honolulu
For Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of visiting Honolulu with my husband, as part of his family still resides there. I was there for 4 days with the full intention of eating as much as I could possibly eat. After all, it is the holidays and indulging is totally allowed if not encouraged. That's not to say I'm not suffering the consequences now. Detox diet is in full effect and it's not fun:(
Soooo...why don't we just re-live some of my favorite food moments. If you ever are visiting Honolulu, you gotta visit these spots. Trust me:)
1. Sushi Sasabune $$$$
This spot is absolutely going to make your wallet a lot less full afterwards BUT, it's totally worth the splurge. The Sushi Chef who started this spot was an alum from the ever so famous Sushi Sasabune in Los Angeles. The spot where you would rub shoulders with the likes of Bruce Willis, to Gwen Stefani, to other hungry Los Angelenos craving for some serious no frills omakase. The spot in Honolulu however is a tad bit more fancy than the sterile "strip mall" like feel of the Los Angeles restaurant. It's a lot more intimate and the chefs here are more interactive and friendly. But this isn't why it's worth the splurge. When I deem a meal worthy of a high price tag, I think about how I feel after the meal. Would I do this again and with the utmost excitement and eagerness? How memorable was the meal? And how many Oohs and Aaahs did the meal muster from my well versed palate? And finally do I feel cheated by the high price tag or do I feel like it was worth every penny.
And my predicament is: I want to visit Sasabune EVERY time I'm back in Honolulu and can't wait till I can sink my teeth into their expertly crafted nigiris again. The meal was so memorable that I can still remember the taste and texture of some of the most outstanding pieces, as if I had it last night. And finally, I oohed, aahed, cooed, and even raised my hand up in the air in praise, after certain bites. This makes every penny spent worth it to me. So please, listen to me and go visit this amazing gem. A blog post to come with food images of my 23 course meal at Sasabune.
1417 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96814
2. Island Vintage Coffee: $
There's no shortage of local Hawaiian Coffee Shops in Honolulu. In fact it's kind of hard to choose ones to try. Most of them boast their premium Kona Coffee Bean, 100% which is supposedly some of the best in the world. What's ironic here is that, I didn't initially come here for the coffee. I came here for the Acai Bowls. My friend told me it was the best Acai Bowl she's ever had and that I couldn't miss it. So I listened and found one, right smack in the middle of the busy Waikiki Strip during an afternoon stroll. My first trip here, I got side tracked by the coffee and ended up getting their Island Latte, made with soy milk. It had hints of caramel and coconut in the bean and the coffee itself had a very rich nutty dark roasted flavor that mellowed out beautifully with the soy milk. It was creamy, velvety and almost slightly sweet. It was fantastic! Unfortunately, it left no room for the Acai Bowl for me so I decided to come back the next day for breakfast. And let me tell you, breakfast is the way to go here. Come hungry and ready for the delicious Acai Bowls, Coffees, and Savory Breakfast items. They have healthy items like poke bowls with multigrain rice, egg whites with fresh vegetables, sandwiches loaded with fresh veggies..I had their BEAUTIFUL Salmon and Lox Sandwich made w/ Taro Bagel. This deep purple bagel was divine, I could eat it just alone with nothing if I wanted to. I could go on and on about their magnificent options here. If only they had a location in San Fran, I would be their Number 1 customer:)
Island Vintage Coffee
2301 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
3. The Lady and The Pig $
Can I just say the name of this restaurant already has won me over. I mean, how can you not try this spot out upon hearing it's name? In all honesty though, I came because over 5 separate non-related friends from different cities and states told me to come here. When you've got that many people vouching for it, you know this spot has got to be good. And so we made it in time for lunch there after a meeting. I rapidly ordered 3 dishes and 2 of them blew my mind. It's rare to even have a single dish blow my mind these days let alone 2! Their Beef Pho is hands down the best I've ever had in the United States of America. It is comparable to the best Beef Pho I had in Vietnam. The noodles were freshly made, thinly cut, smooth, and almost translucent. The broth was sooo on point, there's no room for improvement. The beef was tender and the extra loads of fresh herbs just made it the perfect bowl of Pho. The second dish that blew my mind was their Beef Pho French Dip. GENIUS is all I can say. Every bite is as good as the first, making you crave for more. NO joke, can I have another like right now? Do yourself a favor make it a point to visit this spot. If you can't make it to all three, make time for just this one. You can thank me later by sending me one a Beef Pho French Dip in the mail.
The Pig and The Lady
83 N King St
Honolulu, HI 96817