Prima Kailua opened in September — yes, five months ago — and I finally made my way out to the Windward side to try this latest in a series of indie eateries.
This restaurant, located right next to Foodland on Hekili Street — by the way, there’s no sign, so you have to just trust me — is a collaborative effort by Nobu Waikiki alums (and Melt food truck owners) Alejandro Briceño and Lindsey Ozawa and co-partner Kevin Lee, most recently sous chef at Dovetail in New York City.
The concept is like this: good — meaning, tasty and healthy — food on small plates. Food to share. Simple.
Here’s what a recent meal at Prima looked like, once we found it:
Of course, we had to sample the desserts. Though I wanted to try everything on the list — brioche bread pudding with bacon and maple, chocolate sponge cake and brownie with pistachio ice cream — we opted for the gelato and sorbetto sample ($7), which we could share. Then we ordered another one because sharing wasn't happening. It was a perfect way to end our meal, cleansing our palettes with the fruity flavors. And though I thought about that bacon-and-maple bread pudding days later, I'm glad I didn't order it. I'll save that for the next visit.
Prima Kailua, 108 Hekili St., Suite 107 in Kailua. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; dinner, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday. Phone: (808) 888-8933.