More than just a breakfast spot

A La Carte Columns

November 29, 2015

Story By: Lindsey Appleton | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Nestled in Market City Shopping Center, Café Kaila is synonymous with delicious home-style cooking. Known primarily for its breakfast and brunch, the restaurant has introduced a new dinner menu combining its famous homey tastes with savory evening selections.

“Our dinner menu is all about comfort food,” explains owner and head cook Chrissie Kaila Castillo. “It’s actually all of my favorite things to eat and cook — with a twist. You can taste the love put into the cooking and feel our hospitality through the service.”

Served Wednesday through Friday, the dinner menu boasts decadent items like Fried Chicken and Waffles ($13): breaded boneless, skinless chicken breast served with cayenne maple butter. Castillo recently tried serving the crispy chicken with cornbread waffles, a small tweak in the classic recipe that packed a tasty punch.

Bite into flavorful Kalua Pork Sliders ($14). Feel nostalgic sticking your fork into Homestyle Meatloaf ($16) or rich Chicken Pot Pie ($15). Vegetarians can enjoy a large selection, including Roasted Vegetable Lasagna ($15).

“We also serve pizzas and have a weekly special entrée,” says Castillo. “Pizza chef Tim Dryden perfected the art of a crispy crust with hand-crushed tomato sauce. Our weekly specials, like braised beef short ribs, are creative expressions of our nighttime chef Nicholas Teeter.”

Consistently fresh and made with quality ingredients, Café Kaila puts personalized attention into every detail of the menu, service, food preparation and presentation. Made with fresh local produce when available, the eatery unites the rich flavors of home-style cooking and healthy options with local products, like the pan-seared, fresh Ono with a roasted tomato brown butter sauce — a special entrée.

Of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to dessert. Options include French Toast Bread Pudding and homemade ice cream sandwiches.

Café Kaila

Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Breakfast and lunch: Monday-Tuesday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; dinner: Wednesday-Friday, 5-8 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96826

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