The week had been long and the weekend too short, but that's no excuse NOT to enjoy a "Sunday Brunch". Upon waking up early, we placed an OPEN TABLE reservation for this Waikiki restaurant and the rest was history! Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar here we come...
Saturday night was exciting and full of wonder but nothing prepared us for this Sunday brunch! We came to the restaurant at 11:30am with nothing but coffee in our tummies, a hazy look on our faces, and excitement on the horizon. I've heard of Il Lupino, but this would be my first time dining here!
Upon sitting down, we threw in our drink orders. "Coffee, Water, and....can we see the wine list?" I already knew this was going to be where it all begins! Our server was well dressed and composed, he happily explained the menu and recommended different options.
Being a self proclaimed "foodie", I had already previewed the photos from a variety of social media platforms and reviewed the menu from their website. But, one menu that I didn't find on their site was the KAMA'AINA AND INDUSTRY SPECIAL. I found this using Google. #SecretRevealed
(Photo from Google.com)
Now, grant it, the expiration of this deal is August 31, 2018, but I'm just happy I found it in time to take advantage of this great deal! (I'm hoping they bring it back again so more people can stop in to try the restaurant).
The dining room was well prepared, open, and intimate. We sat near the windows as I needed some natural light for the food!
I chose to go with the KAMA'AINA AND INDUSTRY SPECIAL which consisted of Soup or Salad; Choice of Prime Beef Loco Moco, Il Lupino Prime Burger & House Chips, Margherita Pizza; Pasta : Arrabiata, Pesto Cappelini, Gnocchi Pomodoro, Penne Vodka, Tagliatelle Alfredo. I chose to go with the Loco Moco.
(Tomato Basil Soup - House Made With Pesto Oil)
(Fresh House Salad Waipoli Mixed Greens, Red Onion, Cherry Tomatoes, Lemon Vinaigrette)
(Loco Moco - Prime Veal, Pork & Beef Patty, Egg Sunny Side, Sticky Eice, Demi Glace)
Another dish we tried was from the breakfast menu. The beauty of trying out the restaurant on Sunday is that we could order from both the breakfast and lunch menu as they serve the breakfast menu til 2:00pm.
(Filet Mignon Steak Bites & Egg - Filet Mignon Steak Bites, Horse Raddish Cream, 3 Local Eggs, Roasted Potatoes)
Our overall experience was very good! From gazing at the menu, there were a lot of other dishes that we'd love to sink our teeth into, but I suppose that would be for another time. In addition to the inside seating, Il Lupino also offers a dining area on the patio. Unfortunately, for us, the humidity was a bit too much to go without air conditioning but the option is available.
Trattoria & Wine Bar
Royal Hawaiian Center,
Bldg. B | Level 1
2233 Kalakaua Avenue Suite 110, Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 922-3400