This month’s dinner with the girls was at Kaka’ako Kitchen in Ward Center. They’re known as the “gourmet plate lunch” place, created by Chef Russell Siu who is also known for his fine dining restaurant 3660 on the Rise. Kaka’ako Kitchen serves up a more casual version of his pacific rim cuisine in take-out containers, as well as sandwiches, wraps, salads, and breakfast daily.
You order your food at the counter and they’ll give you a number. You can go pick a table at the open air seating area and sit down because they’ll bring the food to you. It’s actually a great place to people watch, because it’s located smack in the middle of the Ward Entertainment Complex. I saw 3 people that I know pass by while I was eating dinner!
My friend had the weekly special: Garlic Chicken Plate ($8.99) with mac salad.
My other friend had the Island Style Chicken Linguine ($9.99) with eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and hoisin cream sauce, one of their signature dishes. This used to be my favorite dish here but of course I’m not eating meat.
So I opted for the Furikake Tempura Catfish ($8.99) with ponzu sauce and green salad ($0.60 more) which was tasty. The fish was super moist and soft while the batter was crispy.
I guess considering a plate lunch at Zippy’s can cost around $8.00 nowadays, this is a nicer alternative combining variety, interesting flavor, and local ingredients.
PRICE RANGE: Around $9-$15 for plate lunches. Click here to view their menu.
MY BILL: $10.05
Ground Floor, Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814