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Kahai Street Kitchen

August 20, 2017

Worth The Wait

It may take a few more minutes to receive your order at Kahai Street Kitchen than is the case at a typical plate-lunch establishment, but don’t fret — the cuisine is worth the wait. Executive Chef David Yamamoto explains that each dish is made to order from scratch, and the extra time spent crafting each…

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July 23, 2017

Specials Abound At Local Eatery

By Stephanie Kim A plate lunch is the ultimate lunchtime meal in Hawaii. It’s the perfect combination of food — usually with scoops of rice and salad (macaroni or garden) along with a main entree — that will fill you up for the rest of the day. At Kahai Street Kitchen, you can expect to…

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Linking Up With Lap Cheong

In a recent hunger-inducing conversation with fellow foodie and Dining Out contributor Lynsey Beth Futa, she perfectly described lap cheong to me as “the Chinese version of bacon.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, considering the sweet-and-savory sausage, like bacon, is found in countless recipes — combined with fish, meat, veggies, rice, you name…

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May 28, 2017

Uncover this hidden gem of a lunch spot

It’s no secret that hole-inthe-wall plate lunch spots are some of the most adored eateries in Hawaii. One place that ranks particularly high is Kahai Street Kitchen on Coolidge Street, known for serving up local favorites with a gourmet spin. Head chef David Yamamoto carefully crafts his dishes, completing them with a clean presentation that…

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April 23, 2017

Plate-Lunch Royalty

Named after its original location in Kalihi, Kahai Street Kitchen relocated to the corner of S. King and Coolidge streets in Moiliili last year, serving its signature gourmet Pacific comfort food. “I try to kick it up a notch and make (the food) a little different,” says head chef David Yamamoto, who has more than…

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Can’t Beat The Classics

Oahu’s budding restaurant scene offers so many exciting flavors to try, but if it’s comfort you’re looking for, there’s nothing quite like sticking to what you know and love and dining on some old-school flavors that never go out of style. I was reminded of this recently when I had a friend visiting from the…

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January 22, 2017

Giving plate lunch the royal treatment

One may view plate lunches a little differently after making a stop at Kahai Street Kitchen (KSK). Here on Oahu, most expect white Styrofoam plates containing items such as rice, macaroni salad and a protein of sorts, but Kahai Street Kitchen switches it up a bit. In addition to the classics like loco moco and…

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Not Your Typical Tacos

Perhaps it’s the fact that some of the newest bars and restaurants are giving kamaaina access to Mexican flavors like they’ve never had them before, or maybe it has something to do with the dominance of street foods on the national foodie scene — but for whatever reason, tacos are hot, hot, hot in Hawaii…

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November 6, 2016

Local Kine Grinds

Typically made up of a meat entree, two scoops of rice and macaroni salad, plate lunches are especially unique to Hawaii’s culture. Make a visit to Kahai Street Kitchen and you’ll be in for a plate lunch like no other, as the takeout restaurant is known for whipping up the best local-style dishes. Located on…

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Beggin’ for Brisket

You really do learn something new every day. I was reminded of the old adage this past week while swooning over tender slabs of beef brisket at some local dining spots. It wasn’t until I started asking the chefs about how they perfect the melt-in-your-mouth beef that I learned it actually starts out as a…

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