A Love of Fare With Local Fl-“air”Ali Carte Columns
August 12, 2012
Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
Opulicious offers a breath of fresh air to all of its hungry patrons — in more ways than one. In addition to serving up fresh, comforting plate lunches and all the local dishes you can dream of, this whimsical spot presents the opportunity to awaken the keiki in all of us thanks to owner and chef Kelli Kay Chun’s delightful balloon-twisting skills.
For nearly a year, Chun’s long-time passions for cooking and balloon-twisting have masterfully intertwined to create the best in family-friendly dining experiences. From vases filled with balloon flowers to animal creations that Chun can twist up in minutes, there’s always a touch of magic to go along with each meal.
If it’s your first time, you’ll absolutely love the restaurant’s best-seller, Korean Garlic Chicken ($8.25) served with two scoops of white or brown rice and mac or tossed salad. “It’s da bomb,” says Chun. “That’s it. You gotta try it!”
And for a burger with a twist, Aunty Tita’s Hawaiian Hula Burger’s ($6.95) bursting flavors will do the trick. Two homemade patties provide just the right taste for the salty bite of bacon, sweet touch of grilled pineapple and drizzle of teriyaki sauce that bring this inspiring burger together.
The eatery’s freshest of local favorites also have been blowing up lately. You’ve got to try some classic Beef Stew ($7.85), which Chun describes as old-fashioned, Hawaiian-style stew. And don’t forget to get a taste of her Oxtail Soup ($11.50) on Fridays. “We usually sell out by lunch,” she says, so you’ll have to act fast. You also can indulge in a Hawaiian Plate ($8.95) with lau lau and Hawaiian stew on Fridays.
Chun suggests placing phone orders so that your meal can be ready in no time. It’s definitely time to please your opu and fill up on good grinds and good times.
946 Coolidge St., Honolulu
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.