Debuting breakfast faves, meal for MomA La Carte Columns
May 7, 2017
Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: CAFE LANI
Guests walk right into heaven when they choose to dine at Cafe Lani, which is located in the new Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center. This restaurant first opened in January 2015 and has been turning heads and satisfying appetites ever since. It is known and loved for its all-you-can-eat freshly baked bread and pastries (if you order an entrée).
“Our philosophy is to create a unique dining experience through our freshly baked breads and signature dishes within an open-space concept,” says chef Masayuki Ohara. “This space is inspired by the Hawaiian style of open gatherings for family and friends in a variety of settings.”
This holds true in the interior design of Cafe Lani, which boasts neutral colors, natural lighting, colorful dishes and picnic-style tables. “The kitchen is located in the center of the seating area in order to provide a visual dynamic to the dining experience,” adds the chef.
The food at Cafe Lani is just as impressive as its interior, and guests can now look forward to two new breakfast dishes: an Italian Omelet Set with Shrimp & Clam ($24.50), and Soymilk French Toast Set with Berry & Vanilla ($18.25). The omelet is prepared with shrimp, clams, broccoli, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus and Monterey jack cheese; and it’s served with a small salad and coffee or juice (add soup of the day for $4.50).
Or, sink your teeth into the Soymilk French Toast, which is served with coffee or juice. The bread used for the French toast is made fresh in Cafe Lani’s bakery and the whole dish is topped off with strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, vanilla ice cream, and anglaise and strawberry sauces.
Additionally, Ohara invites families to celebrate Mother’s Day at Cafe Lani. Available May 12-14 for $45.50, patrons can enjoy Pescatore Cream Pasta with grilled lobster. The succulent dish includes lobster, Kauai shrimp, clams, mussels and roasted vegetables in a marinara cream sauce. The special also comes with a mini salad, soup (French onion or clam chowder), dessert and, last but not least, all-you-can-eat bread.
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Daily, breakfast: 7:30-10:15 a.m.; lunch and dinner: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (last order 9:30 p.m.)