Count on Kissaten

Columns Veg'n Out

November 11, 2012

Story By: Terri Hefner | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

Pesto Mushroom Pasta ($10)

It’s been a couple of years since Kissaten Coffee Bar opened its doors, and its modern decor, friendly atmosphere and wide selection of coffee drinks have drawn a diverse customer base.

But Kissaten has raised the “coffee shop” bar when it comes to dining.

“We serve gourmet food and drinks 24 hours daily,” says owner Neysa Taba.

That’s right. You can count on Kissaten whenever you’re out and about, and if you haven’t yet visited the conveniently located Piikoi Street eatery, this week is the perfect opportunity to experience all it has to offer.

“We are participating in Restaurant Week Nov. 12-18,” notes Tada, “and will be featuring deals all day spanning the breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus.”

Portabello Mushroom Sandwich ($9)

There aren’t many places where you can get great food 24 hours a day, but in addition to its savory soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas, Kissaten offers morning and overnight menus — as well as some taste-tempting specials. And as the winner of the 2012 Ilima Awards People’s Choice Best Casual Restaurant, it’s obvious there’s much to appreciate here — and that includes a couple of yummy mushroom creations that contain absolutely no meat or fish.

For the Portabello Mushroom Sandwich ($9), the sauteed portabello is topped with roasted green and yellow bell peppers, pesto aioli and Parmesan cheese and is served on fresh focaccia bread. It comes with a side salad and, according to Taba, it’s a quite popular choice. But of course! There’s always room for ‘shrooms, and if you’d prefer them with pasta, then Pesto Mushroom Pasta ($10) should surely please your palate. Penne is tossed with sauteed mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and pesto, and finished off with Parmesan cheese.

Like a cold beer or glass of wine with your meal? Bring it along, as Kissaten offers free BYOB (beer and wine only, please). The eatery also has just added smoothies and ice cream to its sweet offerings, so if you haven’t stopped in for a while, this would be a cool time to do so.

Whether you need a quick pick-me-up or a full-on meal, Kissaten is there for you 24/7.

Kissaten Coffee Bar

88 Piikoi St.
Open daily, 24 hours

Honolulu, HI 96814

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