A while ago, some friends and I convened at Salt for an overdue “board meeting”. This charming neighborhood bar serving up tapas and house-made charcuterie is Chef Kevin Hanney’s (of 12th Ave. Grill) newest addition to Kaimuki’s eclectic mix of eateries. The narrow, loft-like space is mostly filled with the bar and counter height seating, with limited tables on the second floor on a first-come-first-seat basis.
I’m not a wine drinker, but I LOVE a simple meal of charcuterie and cheeses all the same.
Salt’s House Charcuterie Plate ($21.00) served with baguettes, pickles, and lilikoi mustard. I hear Salt buys whole pigs from a local farm and incorporates as many parts as possible into their menu. How many restaurants have their own in house charcutier?
Trotter Croquettes. From the head of the pig (head cheese) in the above platter, down to the feet in this dish.
Fried Egg, Calabrian Chili Aioli ($5.00) fried to perfection with a gooey yolk. I almost wanted to put some shoyu on this one.
Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Aioli ($5.00)
Blistered Shishito Peppers, Smoked Salt ($5.00)
Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese, Pistachio, Arugula ($11.00)
Three Cheese Plate ($14.00) – Big Island Goat Cheese, St. Andre, Mimolette served with port-soaked figs and Manoa honey. Somehow, good cheese at the end of a meal is so satisfying that dessert becomes no longer necessary…
There’s something about the food at Salt that’s so familiar, simple, and comforting. And with many plates priced under $10.00, it’s the perfect place to meet up with a group of friends and share everything on the menu.
Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar
3605 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816