Savoring Old Favorites at New Violet’s GrillDigest Eat This
August 12, 2012
Story By: Ali Resich | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
It may be called New Violet’s Grill, but the dining spot tucked away in Kalihi’s Kapalama Shopping Center has actually been part of the community for more than 60 years. With a menu full of local comfort foods as well as Japanese and Okinawan specialties, generation after generation have made it a regular haunt.
“It’s good home cooking,” says co-owner Cindy Suehisa with a laugh. “Everything’s from scratch.”
Cindy and her sister Joey recently took over the eatery in May, but it has been in the family since their Aunty bought the establishment — previously named Violet’s Grill — in 1998. When brother Kevin took over the operation in 2001, a fresh start called for a fresh name, and New Violet’s Grill it was.
A burst of freshness also goes into every meal, including one of the most popular items, Pork Tofu ($13.95). Filled with a healthy dose of won bok cabbage, carrots, green onions, round onions and bean sprouts to accompany the pork and tofu, it’s simple shoyu sauce gives this dish the comforting flavor you won’t forget.
Another great dish to try is Ahi Belly Mitsuke with Tofu ($16.95), which features ahi belly that has been cooked in a shoyu sugar sauce to bring out its rich, moist flavor. Tofu and green onion also soak up the tasty goodness.
New Violet’s just received a full liquor license and has plans to update its pupu menu. Cindy also hopes to add a slew of specials and even a kid’s menu. Looks like new beginnings are still ahead for this old-time grill.
New Violet’s Grill
Kapalama Shopping Center
1210 Dillingham Blvd. #8, Kalihi
Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bar open until 2 a.m.