Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kaimuki Superette

 A friend mentioned having lunch at Kaimuki Superette one day, and I had previously no knowledge of it. I looked it up on Yelp and found it to be a very new lunch/dinner shop in Kaimuki that specializes in lots of fresh ingredients and farm to table menu items. It was opened by the owner of Town, Ed Kenney, just a couple months ago.

Parking is hard. I parked on 9th Ave and there is free street parking. If you park on Waialae Ave, you pay the meter, and usually all stalls are taken. They have a 2-3 really tight parking spaces to the side of the restaurant, but most likely, they will be taken as well.

When I walked in, the place was packed! There are maybe 5-6 small 2 person tables and a big 4 person table plus some bar seats by the window. The place isn't big nor set up for large parties.

My friends finally arrived after going around the block a couple times to find parking, and we ordered. Everyone has said great things about the He'e Roll with tender pieces of octopus, so we all ordered that and also the side sampler with your pick of 5 different sides.

The He'e Rolls arrived stuffed with hefty pieces of octopus with a creamy sauce and small slices of celery, bread was soft but had crispy edges. I got down to business and devoured the whole thing in no time. The sides all had very unique taste combinations. Watermelon with jalapenos, Quinoa with veggies, Family Tomatoes with cheese, Beets and Pesto, and Butternut Squash. I liked the Quinoa and the Tomatoes, but the one that stuck out in my mind was the Watermelon and jalapeno. It was juicy and refreshing with a tinge of spice at the back of your throat. Still undecided whether I liked it or not!!

I still felt hungry after eating everything, and as we sat and talked, I decided to see what their desserts were all about. I ordered the Mango Crumble and the Olive Oil Cake with Lilikoi compote to share. I'm not big on sweets, but I must admit these were delectable. Mango Crumble came out warm with a side of homemade whipped cream and the Olive Oil Cake was moist with lilikoi scattered on top. I was impressed. I think it was better than the entree!

The food here at Kaimuki Superette is not something I crave on a regular basis, but it was great to try. I walked out feeling fresh and healthful after and maybe still.......a bit hungry, which was just a testament to their fresh, local ingredients. Would be more tempting if they added juices/smoothies to their menu using the fresh ingredients too!

PS- Stock up on fresh, homemade Chili Pepper Water, Opah Belly in Olive Oil, and a variety of jarred fruits and pickled veggies.

Watermelon with jalapeno, Quinoa, Tomatoes and cheese, Beets and Pesto, Butternut Squash

Olive Oil Cake with Lilikoi Compote

Mango Crumble with homemade Whipped Cream (not pictured)

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