Comforting local fare takes flight

Columns Foodie Fare

November 30, 2014

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

New Eagle Cafe has cultivated a tradition of serving up quality, local comfort food since the 1950s — a tradition that current owner Tae Im has been continuing for the last couple of years. Im got his start working at his family’s restaurant, which specialized in Korean fare.

“I wanted to strike out on my own,” he explains. “I wanted to work with something I am familiar with, which is local cuisine.”

With that in mind, New Eagle Cafe seemed like the perfect place for a fresh start. The Nimitz eatery serves up local fare in a relaxed, homey setting — the perfect place to leisurely enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends.

For a true local favorite, Im recommends Oxtail Soup ($13.95), an aromatic soup filled with generous chunks of oxtail and parsley. Diners also receive a beverage of their choice.

For more local grinds, there’s Ono with Butter Caper Sauce ($13).

“This one is pretty basic — it uses wine sauce with butter and capers. It’s simple, but very tasty,” Im says.

But in addition to island-style eats, New Eagle Cafe also has a varied menu that features everything from salads and sandwiches to steak and seafood. Its wide-ranging menu, for example, includes Korean-Style Spicy Pork ($12). The dish features carrot, onion and green onion mixed with tender pork swimming in the restaurant’s signature sauce.

“This dish is made using my wife’s recipe,” he says. “It’s a traditional Korean style of cooking. (My wife’s) strength is in Korean cooking, so we wanted to throw this in just to have something different.”

New Eagle Cafe

1130 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

1130 North Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817

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