Kit’s Unique Pupus Revealed

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March 31, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

Some of the best dishes at Kit n Kitchen are not even found on the menu. The good news is that you don’t have to be a FOK (friend of Kit) to get the special treatment, you just have to ask. That’s pretty much how Volcano Stone Grilled Garlic Seafood Butter Rice ($14.95) came about.

  • Stone Grilled Ribeye Steak ($20.95)
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp ($9.95)
  • Calamari Stuffed Risotto ($9.95)
  • Owner Kit Yiu
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A long time diner was looking for something different and Kit Yiu, the talented owner and chef, created the dish on the spot. Three years later it remains a popular dish even though it does not appear on the menu. Good thing too, because the pile of crispy rice, shrimp and mussels is outstanding. Served on a sizzling 500-degree stone and mixed with a butter tomato sauce and a touch of garlic, the creamy appetizer is as tasty as it is visually appealing.

Another guest-created option is Stone Grilled Ribeye Steak ($20.95). The steak plate has been on the menu for quite some time, but guests have found the tender cuts of steak, onion, green bell peppers and enoki mushrooms are perfect for sharing. The sides of garlic shoyu and chimichurri-dipping sauces provide an additional depth of flavor, which adds to the enjoyment without covering the natural flavors of the steak.

Regular diners at the University Avenue eatery would likely riot if Calamari Stuffed Risotto ($9.95) was taken off the menu. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. The large calamari pocket is stuffed with a fresh and light tomato rice sauce that somehow seems to get better with each bite.

Need more options? Try Garlic Butter Shrimp ($9.95). Sweet shrimp is fried in a garlic butter sauce and served on top of French bread garlic toast. Yum!

If you can’t make it into Kit n Kitchen during regular lunch and dinner hours, the Owls menu may be a good option. Served from 9 p.m. to midnight, the special menu offers lunch, brunch, late night and breakfast items such as Eggs Benedict ($8.95), Steak and Eggs ($11.95), pizza, grilled panini sandwiches, and even Kung Fu Soup Noodles ($8.95) that comes with two types of broth, four noodle options and 16 available sides ranging from Portuguese sausage to fish ball and beef tongue.

Kit n Kitchen even offers free delivery options. Call 942-7622 for more information.

Kit n Kitchen

  • Where
    • 1010 University Ave., B3
  • Call
    • (808) 942-7622
  • Hours
    • Monday – Friday
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Breakfast & Lunch)
    • 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Dinner)
    • Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Website

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