Seriously, how many restaurants in Honolulu can you drive up to and park right in front? At the new Egghead Café on 885 Queen Street in Kakaako, you can (at least for now — if it’s not too crowded).
My friends and I gave this new restaurant a try because three of the four of us work in Kakaako. I liked the modern ambience and the feeling of the establishment. It’s welcoming, clean, and chic. The room had a comfortable, spacious feel, with the tables and chairs not too crowded together. The prices seemed comparable to other breakfast houses, and the menu has a nice variety. Owner Carrie Huang believes in “comfort on a plate,” and she successfully executes on this philosophy. The beverage selection is extensive, complete with hot and iced coffee drinks, as well as smoothies.
The service was very friendly but slow. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt because they’ve only been open for two weeks. Our meal took a long time to be delivered, definitely longer than 20 minutes. All dishes were nicely served at the same time, and once on the table the presentation was colorful and fresh.
I ordered the Ube Pancakes, which were served with a rich haupia sauce. It was a perfect combination. My fellow patrons had the classic Eggs Benedict and the California Eggs Benedict, served with a side of crisp spring greens. We noted that the eggs were poached perfectly. I would have liked a little more sauce for my delicious purple sweet potato pancakes, but by the time the server checked back to the table I was more than half done…too late.
When we were ready to pay the bill the server kindly gave us separate checks (without giving us any attitude…we all know they hate that). She even gave the Yelp introductory 10% off without us even asking. That was awesome!
My friends and I really enjoyed our visit at the new Egghead Café. I will definitely go back, as I am thrilled to have a great little breakfast place in the ever-changing face of Kakaako.
Hours: 7:00 am-3:00 pm Tuesday-Sunday. Monday: Closed