People’s Hawaiian & Filipino Favorites

Chew On This Digest

June 2, 2013

Story By: Jaimie Kim | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

At the root of every meal are the shared experiences we enjoy when eating with friends and family. Here in Hawaii, communal dining is what we thrive on.

People’s Cafe is not only serving delicious local Hawaiian and Filipino dishes, but also an atmosphere that beckons to families and those dining in groups.

“We serve good food and have a friendly atmosphere,” says co-owner and chef Thomas Ventura.

On the a la carte menu, one of the most popular items is Ahi Poke (market price). Cucumbers, red and white onions, ogo (seaweed) and chili peppers accompany this dish, which is packed with fresh flavors and an added kick from the peppers.

From its Filipino menu, be sure to order Pork Guisantes ($8.95), which is served with red and green bell peppers, green peas and a sauce made with vinegar, oil, garlic and pepper.

Another Filipino favorite is Lechon Kawali ($9.50). Bite into the crispy, deep-fried outer layer of the pork before reaching the center that miraculously manages to stay supple and tasty — thanks in part to it being boiled before fried. It is served with tomatoes and onions.

If you’re not in the mood to share, or just want a little bit of everything, the Hawaiian Plate ($12.50) has lau lau, kalua pig, chicken long rice or squid luau, lomi salmon, poi or rice, and a slice of haupia.

The lau lau, which is made daily in-house, is bursting with familiar flavors.

“We make about 150 to 200 each day, and sometimes even run out,” says partner Conrad Valdriz.

Downtowners can look forward to a second location opening as a lunch spot on Bishop Street in the near future.

People’s Cafe

1310 Pali Hwy.
521-5552
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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