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Hot-pot eatery adds second ‘Sweet’ locale

A La Carte Columns

August 13, 2017

Story By: Stephanie Kim | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO

Sweet Home Original ($24.95 three-soup option)

There’s nothing like soup brimming with delicious bites of meat, vegetables and more to soothe your soul and fill your tummy.

At Sweet Home Cafe, customers get just that and more, thanks to its sizzling Taiwanese hot pots. Now, diners can visit not just the S. King Street location, but also the brand-new Waikiki establishment, which is gearing up for its grand opening Sept. 1, following its soft opening Aug. 8.

Sweet Home Cafe Waikiki

Sweet Home Cafe in Waikiki has an almost identical menu with 15 different broths, 12 dipping sauces and more than 100 different items that range from $3 to $6.

Customers have their pick of one to three broths from the variety of 15, or they can go with the restaurant’s combo recommendations, such as Sweet Home Original and Spicy Lover, both of which have three different soups ($24.95).

Inside of Sweet Home Cafe’s second location in Waikiki.

Sweet Home Original comes with the House Special, Healthy Herb and Spicy broth, while the Spicy Lover combo has Summer Garlic and Sour Cabbage broth with added spice ($1 extra each), as well as the Curry broth.

After selecting your broth(s), diners are welcomed to an abundance of dipping sauces, as well as add-in items, such as baby bok choy, pork belly, imitation crab, tofu and much more, to fill up the pot.

Spicy Lover ($24.95 three-soup option) shown with an assortment of meats and vegetables.

The restaurant decided to open up a second location to cater to tourists from all over, as well as those living in Waikiki, where there are not many hot pot establishments, according to restaurant manager Takuto Yasuda.

He says that this location will be offering a 10 percent discount for kamaaina with a valid state ID. He hopes that locals come on down and stick around for upcoming specialty items only found at the Waikiki location.

Along with hot pot, Sweet Home Cafe also will be serving smoothies, its signature Taiwanese shave ice, plus alcohol in the future. Until then, the restaurant will be BYOB, says Yasuda.

Sweet Home Cafe

407 Seaside Ave., Waikiki (and 2334 S. King St., Honolulu)
922-7894
Daily, 4 p.m.-midnight (last call 11 p.m.)

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