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Gourmet Comfort Food Island Style

By Michelle Lee Photos By Leah Friel
June 9, 2013

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At local culinary gem, Kahai Street Kitchen, where island-friendly comfort food meets gourmet sophistication, customers can always count on a meal that satisfies both the palate and wallet. In celebration of the eatery’s seventh anniversary this month, Kahai Street Kitchen welcomes diners to try several new dishes on its updated menu.

Using creativity and a genuine love for cooking, the staff at Kahai Street Kitchen works hard to create dishes that are not only nostalgic, but innovative as well.

“Anyone can easily identify with our menu,” says Nao Iwata, owner of Kahai Street Kitchen. “We make food that people have been eating all their lives, but we make it taste extremely good.”

What started out as a private catering company quickly turned into a full-service restaurant within six months.

“People would always walk by as we were prepping for events and ask us to open up, saying the food smelled too good,” explains Iwata.

While staples such as Teriyaki Boneless Short Ribs ($8.95) and Hibachi Chicken ($8.75) will remain on the menu, diners also can enjoy new additions including the much-anticipated Kahai Street Burger ($8.95), comprised of two succulent quarter-pound patties with melted Swiss cheese, fresh vegetables and fried onion curls on a warm Kaiser roll.

Diners also can look forward to updated versions of old favorites such as Maui Potato Chip Crusted Catch Sandwich ($8.25), an interesting twist on what was previously a furikake-style fish sandwich.

“The chip crust gives the sandwich a really nice texture and depth of flavor we know our customers will enjoy,” says Iwata.

Other popular menu items such as Panko Shrimp Stuffed Ahi Roll (market price) and Crab Crusted Opah (market price) showcase the restaurant’s dedication to using only the freshest, most flavorful ingredients.

“We don’t skimp out on quality,” he states. “We make our sauces completely from scratch and use real crab.”

Referred to by the public as the “best place for a plate lunch,” Kahai Street Kitchen continues to cultivate its natural love for cooking and making customers happy through high-quality comfort food.

“We put our heart and soul into what we do and it shows up on the plate,” says Iwata. “More than anything, that is what sets us apart.”

Kahai Street Kitchen

237 Kalihi St., Honolulu
845-0320
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.