Local Kine Grinds

A La Carte Columns

November 6, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

Charbroiled Hamachi ($12.95)

Charbroiled Hamachi ($12.95)

Typically made up of a meat entree, two scoops of rice and macaroni salad, plate lunches are especially unique to Hawaii’s culture.

Make a visit to Kahai Street Kitchen and you’ll be in for a plate lunch like no other, as the takeout restaurant is known for whipping up the best local-style dishes. Located on Coolidge Street in Moiliili, Kahai Street Kitchen boasts a variety of daily specials.

One special that keeps customers coming back for more is Charbroiled Hamachi. For $12.95, patrons can enjoy rustic hamachi served with a soy-citrus sauce and garnished with red onion namasu (Japanese vegetables). It’s all dusted with togarashi (Japanese peppers).

Da Monster Taco Salad ($10.25)

Da Monster Taco Salad ($10.25)

“The customers love it because the hamachi is fresh,” says head chef David Yamamoto.


The newest addition to Kahai Street Kitchen’s menu is Da Monster Taco Salad ($10.25). This Goliath of a meal is made up of shredded crispy lettuce, seasoned ground beef, toasted fresh corn, olives, tomatoes, shredded cheese and fresh jalapenos. These yummy flavors come in a crispy flour-tortilla shell topped with guacamole, creme fraiche and salsa.

Kahai Street Kitchen

946 Coolidge St., Moiliili
Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday

Honolulu, HI 96826

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