We’ve Got the Whole World On Our PlateFeatures Order of the Day
August 11, 2013
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
There is a popular saying, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Kit n Kitchen invites all to journey the world through one dining experience. For the past 12 years, Kit n Kitchen successfully has become a major player within Honolulu’s culinary scene. Now, with the opening of a second location in Pearl City, more customers will have access to the bistro’s delectably diverse dishes.
Categorized as Euro-Asian cuisine, Kit n Kitchen offers classic European dishes with a subtle Asian flair through the clever use of bold ingredients.
“All of our menu items carry the full-flavored intensity of Europe’s most beloved dishes, but we make it lighter with an Asian twist,” says head chef May Yiu, who owns the restaurant along with her husband, Kit.
“If a dish originally calls for heavy cream, we will use light cream.”
One of the most popular entrees here is the famed Osso Bucco Milanese ($16.95), a classic Italian dish of tenderly braised beef marinated overnight in a rich tomato sauce with fresh vegetables and herbs, served over a bed of rice or spaghetti. Another favorite is Seared Scallop Spinach Risotto ($14.95), served atop a bed of fresh spinach with a creamy white sauce and sundried tomato infusion.
Spanish cuisine lovers will find a symphony of flavors with Sizzling Seafood Paella ($15.95), a savory mix of shrimp, squid, mussels and saffron-infused rice served in a hot cast iron skillet. Another must-have is Pork Chop Chimichurri ($13.95), grilled to perfection and served with the bone to provide a richer depth of flavor.
“Our Chimichurri sauce stays true to its Argentinian roots with fresh parsley, pepper and olive oil, in addition to slight hints of lemon juice and garlic to make it our own,” Yiu explains.
From Italy to Spain and India, Kit n Kitchen’s expansive menu serves as a culinary diary of the owners’ travel adventures.
“I often take vacation for months at a time to visit foreign countries and draw inspiration for my own dishes,” says Yiu.
Kit n Kitchen is also available for takeout and is currently BYOB.
Kit n Kitchen
1010 University Ave.
Open daily, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch), 5 p.m.-midnight (dinner)
1029 Makolu St. (by Walmart)
Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.