Food Finds: East Oahu
Koko Head Cafe
One of the state's top chefs, quite literally is Leeanne Wong, alumnus of the popular BRAVO tv show, Top Chef. And her new restaurant, tucked into the space recently occupied by 12th Avenue Grill, brings a sunny twist to your beloved breakfast faves.
Playing its part in Kaimuki's renaissance, Koko Head Café is the perfect neighborhood breakfast spot - only kicked up a notch. Here you'll get to try the dishes that taste and sound as though they've been dreamt up from a breakfast Quickfire challenge. Create a dish that combines breakfast and dessert? Wong has whipped up a French toast, rolled in cornflakes and served with a frosted flake gelato and sugared bacon. Show us a breakfast dumpling. Koko Head has a breakfast dumpling, which is a unique wrap on the traditional Korean mandu.
The sunny, seaside inspired décor is a great place to gather with friends for weekend brunch or duck in post-morning surf session. Just make sure to arrive early - particularly on the weekends when kama‘aina (local residents) swarm the joint - and pack quarters to pay the parking meters. We'd hate to have you pack your knives and go home without trying this place!