As we started our exploration of the KAHALA district of Honolulu, Hawaii we stopped at Kahala Mall for a quick coffee break. Little did we know, this quick caffeinated stop would help us to find a perfect cozy spot to unwind.
Shopping centers are always packed with people retailing their way from shop to shop. This activity (shopping) can sometimes be enough to be considered cardio for some extremists. But with all the walking and carrying of bags, one can get a bit tired and require a recharge!
We were lucky enough to find our way into this tasty corner in Whole Foods Market in Kahala Mall. Now, this restaurant isn't a "small business" per se, but it is operated in a business who avidly SUPPORTS LOCAL BUSINESSES throughout Hawaii. Say ALOHA to PUKA's!
Situated near the front of the store, PUKA's is the perfect spot to take a break and have a bite to eat. They offer your choice of indoor seating with air conditioning or you can dine outside under umbrellas to enjoy the beautiful Hawaii weather!
As we had a full day scheduled, we attacked the menu and decided to try just a few dishes to nosh on. I had no expectations while going in but they delivered a scrumptious array that I'll certainly be going back to enjoy!
Firecracker Roll (Avacado, cucumber, mango and black rice topped with marinated napa cabbage and carrots with a touch of green sauce and side of vegan mayonnaise)
Pub Burger (Local beef, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, roasted garlic aioli, bacon jam, and choice of cheese with fries or side salad)
Cauliflower Nachos (Cauliflower with chilies, pico de gallo, cilantro, lime, avocado lime crema)
OVERALL, the experience we had at PUKA's was delightful. The food was just what we needed to enjoy before heading out on the road again. Their menu offers something for everyone... PUKA's MENU
We didn't get to try the dessert menu but rest assured we intend on going back soon to try out the VANILLA CREME BRULEE!!
So if you're shopping and need a recharge. Searching for a place to relax and snack a little. If you're looking for a place to watch the game...that's right I said it. Inside near the bar area are televisions that show sports programming. They offer a diverse menu of cocktails, beer samplers, wines and wine flights AND HAPPY HOUR!
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday 4pm-6pm
Happy Hour Cheese Plate $6
Select IPA Draft Beers $5
Select Wines by the Glass $ 6
(prices and selection subject to change)
PUKA'S (Inside Whole Foods Market)
4211 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
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Aloha and Mahalo,