GRYLT expands with new locale

Columns Foodie Fare

July 26, 2015

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Bodie Collins

GRYLT’s healthy and delicious food was in such high demand that the local string of eateries had to open another location in Kailua. The venue, which opened in April, is GRYLT’s fourth and has been getting a warm welcome from its new neighborhood.

“A lot of customers would ask us when we were going to open up on the Windward side,” says GRYLT owner Allen Farinas. “Now, people have been telling us that they’re glad we finally made it out here.”

The new GRYLT still has your old favorites. All of the GRYLT locations are consistent with one another.

“We’re really going for consciously created food that doesn’t have any additives. We only use fresh ingredients, and most of our stuff is as local as possible,” Farinas says. “The quality that you find in our food is much like what you would find at a really good restaurant.”

Before opening GRYLT, Farinas was in sales. Both he and his wife were avid stand-up paddlers and surfers, and they were always looking for healthy eats to support their active lifestyles.

“When we would come in from the beach, there weren’t many choices out there to eat healthy,” he says.

On the other end of that, the couple also would occasionally dine at high-end restaurants, where they enjoyed quality ingredients and items made from scratch.

“I wanted to incorporate that type of conscious creation in what we did,” he recalls.

So the pair came up with a concept to cater to what they were looking for — dishes that utilized fresh produce and local ingredients, all for an affordable price.

That includes items such as GRYLT’s take on Fish Tacos ($10.95), offering an elevated version of the dish. The tacos feature a choice of salmon or ahi, along with red cabbage, green cabbage and dried cranberries, all wrapped up in a Sinaloa tortilla and sprinkled with GRYLT’s secret sauce.

For more fish options, there also are GRYLT’s poke bowls, including Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl ($10.95) and Hawaiian Poke Bowl ($10.95). Both are made with local ahi.

“All of our fish is fresh, never frozen,” Farinas says. “We believe that serving fresh fish creates a juicier, more moist, tender type of meat.”


Kailua Shopping Center
600 Kailua Road, Kailua (and other locations)
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Kailua, HI 96734

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