Never settle on food. Life’s too short.
The exponential growth of Kaka’ako’s urban development is no secret. With a lively buzz focused on the ingenuity of the Kaka’ako community, there’s bound to be new shops and restaurants popping up left and right. But there are also a handful of oldies but goodies that can’t be overshadowed by the new spotlights. To bridge the gap between our curious members and great, untapped restaurants, we’ve put together a Kaka’ako grub guide, provided for and chosen by, your coworkers. To kick it off, we’ve chosen our 5 favorite asian restaurants in the Kaka’ako area.
Ngon literally translates to “delicious”. This whole-in-the-wall restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Vietnamese dishes from fried mochi and eggs to chicken bahn mi sandwich to my personal favorite, the green papaya salad. Ngon cuisine surprises even those who grew up eating these dishes. Only a quick 6 minute minute walk from BoxJelly, Ngon ensures that you will leave your lunch break stuffed, satisfied, and on time to that 1pm conference call.
Looking for a new go-to brunch spot? Try the banh cuon, only available on Saturday’s, these steamed rice crepes stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, freshly chopped mint, and basil topped with a side of sweet Vietnamese fish sauce is a must try.
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“The best darn Thai food on the island.” “Clean, Simple, Fresh.” “Truly authentic Thai food.” This is commonly heard Pattaya chatter, not just on the top Yelp reviews! Consistent quality is just the half of it. Their laid back atmosphere coupled with some of the tastiest Thai cuisine for the price and proximity is the perfect spot for a quick lunch break or dinner out with friends. Need a little direction? Rechung, owner and CEO of BoxJelly, swears by the coconut soup. The evil beef curry and crispy rice lettuce wraps are also a few of Pattaya’s favorites. Make your way over to Pattaya from 3pm – 6pm and enjoy happy hour specials before the mic sparks karaoke at 8pm.
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If you haven’t jumped on the ramen train yet, hop on board. Nominated best ramen in 2015, Agu Ramen features the heartiest, most decadent bowl of ramen in Honolulu to date. What makes Agu Ramen special? Their unbeatable black garlic oil broth. Whether you’re a chicken, pork or veggie lover, Agu’s got it and they’ve got it good. For first timers, I suggest Agu’s Savory Parmesan bowl, can’t go wrong with the most popular dish on the menu! Come hungry, portions are generous.
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Little Sheep Mongolian
This traditional Mongolian dining experience is truly a 2 for 1, providing meal and entertainment. Set up for family style dining, each table is prepped with a hot pot to make your own personal creations. Basic guidelines: you choose your broth, your meat, your veggies, and your toppings. Noteworthy freshness is reason enough for Little Sheep to live up their reputation of surpassing their competitors. This casual environment makes for a fun opportunity to come to. Did someone say lunch special? $12.99 for an array of vegetables, your choice of meat and sauces to complete a filling, affordable lunch outing.
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JunPuu, original Honolulu noodle company, definitely takes the win with the most adventurous ramen recipes. If you’re a big ramen fan but are looking to switch things up, look no further. Loaded with hearty toppings including soft boiled eggs, sliced pork, green onions and arugula, JunPuu takes the cake with their unique and delicious tomato based ramen broth. Rumor has it, their broth cooks for 16 hours.
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// Check in next week for 5 best breakfast eats and our Kaka’ako guidemap featuring a detailed outline of the best of the Kaka’ako best.