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Scrumptious Italian Anytime

Story By Alana Folen Photos By Leah Friel
March 11 - 17, 2012

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A Hong Kong-style cafe concept is one that has generated much success for husband-and-wife team Ken and Cindy Wong. As owners of Anytime Cafe in Market City Shopping Center, this dynamic duo has cultivated the impeccable tastes of Eurasian cuisine, melding an enticing blend of East meets West.

  • Shrimp Risotto ($12.95)
  • Chicken Parmesan ($10.50)
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Having opened its doors in February 2010, this well-established eatery has gained quite a following in a short span of two years.

“There are so many popular things on our menu,” Cindy says, “but Shrimp Risotto and Chicken Parmesan are two that really stand out.”

Shrimp Risotto is priced at $12.95 and presents seafood enthusiasts with morsels of shrimp and bay shrimp simmered in a pink tomato broth atop a bed of creamy risotto, and finished off with a hint of fresh basil and garlic.

“What’s special about our risotto is that it’s imported directly from Italy, and a lot of customers notice a difference in taste,” she adds. Cindy and her husband previously owned Banana Leaf Italian Bistro and Hong Kong Orchid Cafe.

The same goes for the restaurant’s fresh spaghettini, which also finds its origins in Italy and is featured in Anytime Cafe’s Chicken Parmesan ($10.50). This highly requested dish wins over diners every time with its lightly breaded boneless chicken breast doused with tomato sauce, and topped with melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese served over a helping of homemade spaghettini.

“It’s surprising, but a lot of kids really like this dish too,” Cindy states. “It’s even my son’s favorite.”

Besides crafting their skill in Italian cuisine, Anytime Cafe’s talented chefs knows a thing or two about Hong Know-style favorites and local dishes as well. And although the wide assortment of dishes here can be a bit mind-boggling to some, Cindy says, patrons can be on the lookout for new items in the near future.

“I’m planning a trip to Hong Kong soon, and I hope to return with some new ideas and concepts.”

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.