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A Cafe That Goes the Distance
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A Cafe That Goes the Distance

Story By Ali Resich Photos By Nathalie Walker
October 9 - 15, 2011

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Not only does Anytime Cafe offer an international fusion of Italian, Chinese and American dishes, the restaurant actually brings in specialized ingredients from around the world to ensure it delivers a high-quality and unique dining experience.

  • Pork Chop Risotto ($12.95)
  • Shrimp Wonton Noodle in Broth ($7.95)
  • Thai Style Pork Cheek ($6.95)
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Since opening in February 2010, the response to the Market City Shopping Center eatery has been great. “We are so happy that some customers, after they eat, bring their friends and family. If they feel happy, then they will come back and we have a lot of regulars now,” says owner Cindy Wong.

The positive response is certainly in part thanks to exclusive flavors you won’t find anywhere else. Sure, you’ve tried Milk Tea, but have you ever had it Hong Kong-style, with imported tea straight from the region itself? The distinctive Hong Kong Style Milk Tea is a must at only $3.50.

In addition to imported ingredients, this establishment offers irreplaceable dishes cooked with homemade sauces and soup bases, to name a few. After enjoying your entree, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Mango Pudding ($4.25) and Tiramisu ($4.25) made from scratch as well.

No matter the time of day or the craving, this is the spot to find a one-of-a-kind dish. Anytime.

Anytime’s Matchless Creations

You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these three absolutely scrumptious offerings at Anytime Cafe:

Shrimp Wonton Noodle in Broth ($7.95)

The thin noodles and wonton wraps in this dish come all the way from Vancouver, the closest place Wong could find the right product with the perfect chewy consistency. After soaking up the flavorful broth — made from dried shrimp, pork bone and dried fish — with the imported noodles, you’ll want to add another batch ($2 extra) before sampling the Shrimp Noodle ($8.25) and Lo Mein-style ($2 extra) options.

Pork Chop Risotto ($12.95)

The proof is in the pudding, or the risotto, in this case. In addition to the pair of pan-fried, seasoned pork chops that rest atop a mound of beautifully simmered Arborio rice, a third piece of pork makes this dish extraordinary. It is chopped and added to the rice among a variety of mixed vegetables, including mushrooms, bell peppers and onions. Wong especially loves the light tomato-broth base that brings all the flavors together.

Thai Style Pork Cheek ($6.95)

A true rarity, you won’t see this dish in many places. “You can’t buy this cut of meat from the market,” explains Wong, who orders it fresh, directly from local meat companies. The cheek is then marinated in a homemade sauce, pan-fried and finished in the oven. The resulting unique eat is an unbeatably tangy and tender pork dish.

Anytime Cafe

  • Where
    • Market City Shopping Center
    • 2919 Kapiolani Boulevard #218
    • Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Call
    • (808) 735-3888
  • Hours
    • Monday – Friday
    • 10 a.m. – midnight
    • Saturdays
    • 8 a.m. – midnight
    • Sundays
    • 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.