A double take on local favorites, flavorsA La Carte
June 3, 2018
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
For diners and food fanatics venturing into the bustling culinary enclave of Kaimuki, Fairwood Drive Inn and its in-house sister restaurant Pho 27 Cafe serve up a host of tasty options as diners arrive hungry and leave smiling.
With its name stemming from the Chinese word for “Happy,” Fairwood Drive Inn lives up to its stellar reputation for offering local-style comfort entrees and appetizers. The restaurant serves up daily specials, which are prepared to order and are available for lunch and dinner on a first-come, first-served basis — get there early as these delicious dishes sell out quickly.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce ($10.25) is a popular special served with garlic bread, and is crafted with a recipe that dates back more than 25 years with hearty portions of vegetables and beef. Those looking for a popular bento-style mix but with a large portion (you won’t have to order two bento to fill up!) are in luck with Saba and Chicken Katsu Combo ($11.95), an attractive mix that is served with rice and macaroni salad.
Pork Hash with Black Mushrooms and Lap Cheong Combo ($11.95) brings together favorites from a traditional Chinese dinner meal, and features mostly lean pork prepared with steamed choy sum and accompanied with a savory garlic shoyu sauce atop a bed of rice.
Conveniently located on Waialae Avenue in the Kaimuki Shopping Center, diners have the option of picking up a quick meal to go at Fairwood Drive Inn’s speedy-service counter, or sitting down with family and friends in the inviting Pho 27 Cafe dining room. The restaurants are situated just minutes away from the University of Hawaii, Chaminade University, Saint Louis School and Sacred Hearts Academy, and the dining havens have gained popularity among students, educators and nearby residents by offering the best of both worlds.
Diners are also encouraged to call on Fairwood Drive Inn and Pho 27 Cafe for catering orders, especially as the summer graduation party season heats up. The culinary team can assist with an array of orders, and tailor menu items and quantities to make the special event or gathering memorable.