Indulge In Southern DelightsA La Carte
September 23, 2018
Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: Rowena Salanga
Prepare to catch waves of flavors when you enter the doors of The Surfing Pig in Kaimuki.
The eatery offers an elevated menu that splendidly complements its casual sister restaurant Kono’s. Visitors of the restaurant can find creations incorporating Kono’s special 12-hour slow-roasted pork as well as exciting small plates (the restaurant’s version of appetizers) and savory entrees. The Surfing Pig, which opened in April, also serves handcrafted cocktails at its full-service bar.
Owner Stan Glander explains The Surfing Pig is a gathering hotspot for emerging local foodies, families and visitors to Kaimuki.
“Both restaurants exemplify quality food, cocktails, and extra aloha service,” says Glander, who has big plans for The Surfing Pig and Kono’s Restaurants.
Since opening, The Surfing Pig has brought on lunch and brunch menus.
Enhancing the Honolulu brunch scene with inventive twists on classic plates,the restaurant also has begun pushing boundaries by introducing Southern-style dishes.
“I was not going to step into the brunch scene with the usual flavor profiles I have experienced across the island. We wanted to present an imaginative, well-crafted brunch with quality food and extra aloha service,” says Glander.
Surfing Pig Eggs Benedict is a must-try brunch item, as it provides customers with sweet and savory flavors. This version of eggs Benedict features two taro English muffins, poached eggs and Kono’s signature kalua pig. And that’s not all. One Benedict is drizzled with truffle hollandaise and the other is topped with guava hollandaise and crushed macadamia nuts.
Stepping further into the South, SP Jambalaya electrifies the brunch menu by melding a New Orleans classic with a Hawaiian twist. This ono mix includes Portuguese sausage, kalua pig and fried rice.
MUNCH ON BRUNCH
Chicken and Waffle Deluxe ($15) is a brunch dish that is way above average. The Surfing Pig’s outstanding dish consists of sweet chocolate chips and savory bacon packed in a waffle, which is paired with almond and macadamia nut-crusted fried chicken. For an extra helping of deliciousness, the dish is topped off with coconut syrup.
Many would argue that brunch is the best part of the day and is meant to be spent relaxing, so The Surfing Pig offers a variety of unique crafted cocktails, bottomless mimosas and an out-of-this-world Bloody Mary. The Trade Winds cocktail ($10), allows patrons to sip the tropics with fresh lime, pineapple juice and rum. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s Bloody Mary ($12) takes a turn on the morning classic, with pulverized bacon, celery, and a rim that’s topped with cherry tomato and a crispy slice of bacon.