A San Francisco native comes to the tropics, and the result is this charming neighborhood eatery. It's just the sort of place - casual yet chic, laid ... More
Cafe VIII 1/2
A San Francisco native comes to the tropics, and the result is this charming neighborhood eatery. It's just the sort of place - casual yet chic, laid back yet ultra-modern - that you find all over San Francisco or Miami Beach. However, in Honolulu it's a bit of an anomaly. Simple, perfectly-prepared Northern Italian cuisine is a delight. Homemade pastas and kiawe-grilled meats are all delicious. Vegetarians can order the kiawe-grilled vegetables.
I was a little skeptical at first, what with the hand-scrawled warnings on (what I think were) paper placemats hanging from clothespins, indicating if one was difficult to please, then they probably shouldn't eat there.
Fortunately, I wasn't scared off, and I am SO GLAD that I wasn't. This place is tiny - I work across the street and didn't even know it was there until today. It is worth finding.
But the food is fantastic. I had red pepper soup and a salad. The salad was superb....the tomatoes, red peppers and onions marinated first....and the red pepper soup topped with grilled vegetables was without question, the best red pepper soup I've had. I will be eating here again regularly.
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