Local Plates Filled With Flavor

A La Carte

June 17, 2018

Story By: Dining Out Team | Photos by: Randy Dela Cruz

Charbroiled Kalbi-inspired New York Steak ($12.96)

Kahai Street Kitchen isn’t your typical plate-lunch restaurant. After starting the catering business back in 2006, owner Nao Iwata was just about arm-twisted into serving food by a crowd of hungry people, yearning to get a taste of his delicious creations.

“People were knocking at our door saying, ‘Eh, the food smell good, open up,'” says Iwata. “From there, it just took off. We never looked back.”

Stop by the restaurant and you’ll find all of your favorite local foods, such as hamburger steak, garlic chicken, loco moco and even Crab Crusted Mahimahi.

However, if you think you’re getting your run-ofthe-mill plate lunch from your typical fast-food menu, think again.

Open Faced Monte Cristo Benedict ($11.95)

Everything served by the restaurant is specially made to offer flavor that you can’t find anywhere else.

“I was tired of eating the same local-style food,” says Iwata. “It always tasted the same. So I try to make it differently and more upscale.”


Whatever you currently are craving, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your appetite at Kahai Street Kitchen.

For a delightful meal to start your day, you’ll want to try the Open Faced Monte Cristo Benedict ($11.95), which features French toast brioche bread, a hearty slice of country ham, melted Havarti cheese, and poached eggs, generously covered in house-made hollandaise sauce.

If you’re looking for something that really sticks to your ribs, try the Charbroiled Kalbi-inspired New York Steak ($12.96). This meal starts off with an 8-ounce New York steak that is marinated in the restaurant’s house-made kalbi sauce and topped with seasoned namul vegetables of watercress and bean sprouts.

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