An open book of flavorsColumns Who's Counting?
June 1, 2014
Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
High ceilings and expansive windows draw in natural sunlight. In one corner of the room, a large, beautifully bare faux tree serves as a conversation starter.
Two stories of dining opportunities, complete with a variety of chic tables and chairs make it almost impossible to decide on the “best” seat in the house.
This is the scene that greets guests who walk through Yogurstory’s doors.
It is an atmosphere that manages to be luxurious without being stuffy, and its menu is just as indulgent as its surrounding, but won’t break your budget.
Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes ($12) soon will be a permanent staple on the restaurant’s already extensive menu. Three pancakes, layered with strawberry compote and whipped cream, are then topped with strawberry syrup. Much like its namesake, each layer contributes to the dish that, overall, is the perfect “dessert” for a mid-morning brunch.
“It’s super popular right now,” says head chef Brandon Stover.
Though Yogurstory currently only serves breakfast and lunch, it will hold a soft opening for its new dinner menu, June 6.
Stover recently completed creations for this new night time menu. Expect a Kalbi and Kimchi Risotto ($24). Much like a classic risotto recipe, Stover uses white wine, butter and cream, but also adds kimchi to give it more flair and a little spice. It is served with kalbi, and cooked until tender.
Also on the menu, Stover will create a variety of tartare, including Crab Meat Tartare ($12). Crab meat, mixed with a yuzu aioli, is placed over an artichoke and cilantro puree. It is then drizzled with truffle oil and topped with sliced tomatoes, green onion and tobiko, served with crispy baguette slices. The result is a combination of flavors aided particularly by the yuzu aoili that is light, yet rich.
The restaurant doesn’t accept reservations , so be sure to plan accordingly, since Yogurstory is no longer Keeaumoku’s best kept secret.
815 Keeaumoku St.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (Dinner hours coming soon)