Cinnamon’s RestaurantStep Up to the Plate
September 1, 2019
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: CINNAMON’S “COMFORT FOOD” DINNER BUFFET ($24.95 ADULT, $19.95 SENIORS 60-PLUS AND KEIKI 6-11)
Cinnamon’s Restaurant’s newest location on the lobby level of Waikiki’s Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites not only provides a relaxing ambiance and remarkable views, but also knockout dishes that attract kamaaina and visitors.
Cinnamon’s original location opened in Kailua nearly 35 years ago, and continues to go strong with famous favorites that include its sought-after pancakes line up. From traditional options like banana and buttermilk flapjacks to signature creations like Guava Chiffon and Red Velvet, the restaurant has found its way into the breakfast hearts of many.
While the Kailua shop is open for breakfast and lunch, Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai has that and more, with hours stretching into the night for dinner. Something unique to the Waikiki location is a stellar buffet in addition to the full-service menu. Furthermore, libations and other adult drinks may be ordered and a happy hour takes place daily, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Head chef Carsie Green has enjoyed whipping up delicious dishes for Cinnamon’s customers since its Kailua opening, and shows no signs of slowing down. Green, who is also part owner, prides the menu, especially the dinner buffet as being homemade. “I like to call it Cinnamon’s Comfort Food Buffet,” says Green, adding he loves to bring happiness and ease to customers through home-style cooking, just like Mom, Dad, Aunty, etc. used to make.
Among other customer beloved treats are the made-from-scratch warm and gooey cinnamon rolls as well as soft and moist bread pudding.
JOIN IN ON THE EATING FUN
The charming buffet runs daily, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The entree and dessert items are on weekly rotation with the same set menu Sunday-Saturday. Selections include protein paired with a fish option.
A recurring star is Cinnamon’s tender Baked Chicken that is enhanced with marinara Parmesan sauce. Another option is Teriyaki Meatloaf, which mates well with the accompanying teriyaki gravy for added richness.
Every week, the seafood option changes with fresh island fish and sometimes this savory salmon topped with garlic butter and spices that’s not too heavy, but also not too light.
The buffet also comes with choice of starches, salad and desserts — head chef and part owner Carsie Green says it can be anything from cinnamon rolls to bread pudding and more.