Having lived in East Honolulu for more than a decade now, I know breakfast spots are few and far between.
Sure, there’s Jack’s in Aina Haina — love the special biscuits — and Koa Pancake House in Hawaii Kai. But short of driving into Kaimuki — there are lots to choose from there! — there aren’t many other spots for pancakes and a cup of coffee.
Until earlier this year.
Eric has nearly 30 years of culinary experience, having worked at Bueno Nalo Restaurant, La Rotisserie & Grill, California Pizza Kitchen and Sunset Grill. His last gig was at the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, where he was the head dinner chef.
You can tell from the menu — which features items like crab benedict, sweet and savory crepes, homemade three-cheese baked macaroni and ham, panini sandwiches and a slew of hearty salads — that there’s a bonafide chef behind it. But be prepared to pay for it: the prices here are slightly more expensive than elsewhere.
So a few of us — all from East Honolulu — headed down one weekday afternoon to satisfy our breakfast cravings.
Word of caution: make reservations. It gets crowded here!
Here’s what we ate:
Moena Cafe, Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Highway. Hours: 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 888-7716