A Bakery with Hot PotDigest On the Menu
November 2, 2014
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
From burgers and breakfast items to delectable desserts, including freshly-made doughnuts and cakes, plate lunches and tasty beverages, Regal Bakery Cafe is poised to satisfy any appetite and corresponding cravings.
Regal Bakery Cafe is conveniently located in Chinese Cultural Plaza (ground level facing Beretania Street) in the heart of downtown Honolulu’s Chinatown district. The eatery features a clean and inviting atmosphere coupled with modern decor, spacious seating and a relaxed vibe. Customers come from around the island to enjoy their favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner selections.
The restaurant has developed a stellar reputation for offering must-have, freshly baked doughnuts, such as vanilla, strawberry, blueberry, glazed, chocolate, cinnamon streusel and powdered sugar ($1.10 each, mix-and-match a dozen for $11). Regal Bakery Cafe also offers Green Tea doughnuts ($2 each), Long Johns ($2 each), Maple Bacon doughnuts ($2 each), Creme Brulee doughnuts ($2 each) and even Butternut croissant-style filled doughnuts ($3 each) available with bavarian cream, passion orange guava and green tea flavors. Doughnuts pair perfectly with coffee, as well as a host of hand-crafted beverages including Hong Kong Milk Tea, Thai Tea or Honey Lemon ($3.50 hot, $3.95 iced apiece).
Regal Bakery Cafe will soon be rolling out a new “hot pot” shabu shabu menu in the coming weeks. Diners may choose from Vegetarian Combo ($21.95 large, $15.95 small); Special Seafood Combo ($34.95 large, $19.95 small) with clams, shrimp and fresh fish; Meat Lover’s Combo ($34.95 large, $18.95 small) featuring thinly-sliced prime rib, chicken and beef; and Super Deluxe Combo ($44.95 large, $28.95 small), which is filled to the brim with shrimp, clams, chicken, shrimp wonton, ribeye steak and many more. Diners then select a broth to cook in: Miso Soup Base ($7.95), Soupy Jook ($7.95), Regal’s Soup-er ($7.95) flavored with Chinese herbs and pork, and Thai Curry ($7.95), just to name a few.
“We have more choices coming soon,” says manager Maria Ordonez of the hot pot menu, as well as a revamped dessert menu that will roll out in the coming weeks.
Plate lunches also are a big hit at Regal Bakery Cafe. Honey Garlic Chicken and Mushroom Chicken ($8.95 each) is a bestseller. The plates come with two scoops of rice and a choice of macaroni or tossed salad; fries or fried noodles may be substituted for no charge, as well as fried rice for $2 more. Pot stickers ($8.95 for 8 pieces) headline an array of appetizers including Garlic Fries ($5.95), Cream Cheese Wonton ($5.95 for 8 pieces) and Onion Rings ($5.95).
Ordonez also recommends the massive Regal Special ($12.95), a combination of barbecue chicken, mussels, squid rings and mahi mahi fillet — it’s truly a Regal bounty of flavor.
Regal Bakery Cafe
100 N. Beretania St., Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.