If you're a "foodie" or a "bruncher", you must've visited MOENA CAFE in Hawaii Kai. They are a breakfast MUST that has already won multiple HALE 'AINA AWARDS for BEST BREAKFAST three years in a row. They are open from 6:30am - 3:00pm daily. NOW... They upped their game and are serving breakfast, lunch AND dinner at the new Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center in Kapolei (next to the Hampton Inn and across from the 24 Hour Fitness Center).
We discovered this lil beauty by shear luck as we were heading to the Aloha FarmLovers farmer's market to support the small local businesses. We made the decision to come when the sun goes down and I'm so glad we did. The weather was cool and the restaurant left the doors open which made for perfect ambiance.
The entrance and the decorations throughout the restaurant was perfectly executed. From the light fixtures to the plates and coffee cups, they all added a unique look to this once "only serving breakfast and brunch" restaurant.
If you come at night, definitely try to eat outside as the patio gives a view of the entrance into the mall.
There's even a cute corner bar and lounge area. Perfect for those pau hana cocktails, informal meetings or first dates (cough, cough).
Now for the food....
Started with the "Bruschetta" appetizer. It was bigger than I anticipated and it came with 3 pieces. All covered with cream cheese, bacon, walnuts and honey. It gave you the perfect blend of salty, sweet, and creamy on a white piece of toasted bread.
Next up is the PORK BELLY WITH KIM CHEE SLIDERS.... oh man, oh man... these were just the right size for me as they were appetizers.
The final plate was a PORK CUTLET. The gravy was mouth watering, the broccolini's (my husband's favorite part) was buttery and crisp, the pork cutlet was crispy-crunchy on the outside and a little moist on the inside... so divine!
If you haven't gone to visit MOENA CAFE in HAWAII KAI, stop by MOENA CAFE in KAPOLEI. They are offering the same menu as the first location for breakfast/lunch in Kapolei as well, which may help alleviate a long drive to the 96825 zip code.
Congratulations to everyone at MOENA CAFE. We can't wait to come back and try the breakfast menu and again, welcome to Kapolei!