It’s been about twenty years now since talented local Hawaiian chefs began to put Hawaii on the gastronomical map, showcasing classical techniques and ingredients while creating fusion dishes with other cuisines. Although Hawaiian restaurants may not be as common around the world as other cuisines, if there is one near you, it is definitely worth making the trip to taste some of the truly unique dishes. To help you find the best places to do so, OROGOLD reviews where to find the best Hawaiian cuisine around the world.
Kua’Aina, London, UK
The original Kua’Aina was opened on Hawaii’s North Shore in 1975, specializing in innovative burgers and sandwiches that are chargrilled on hot lava rocks. With two locations in London, Kua’Aina is introducing its legendary burgers to the British population, and it is going down extremely well. All marinades and seasonings are homemade, and burgers are created to their specific recipe. Kua’Aina even have a food truck, which they mainly sell from at the different music festivals in the UK. From the Isle of Wight Festival to the Tour de France event, keep an eye out for the Kua’Aina food truck this summer in London.
Oga Ono-Loa Hawaii, Akasaka, Japan
Japanese cuisine has had a huge influence on Hawaiian cuisine, so it only makes sense that Hawaiian restaurants in Japan see plenty of success. Although many of them serve up dishes that are more American, such as grilled chicken with a range of sides, Oga Ono-Loa sticks to its roots, with a menu that features classic Hawaiian specialties. From the kalua pork, slow-cooked shredded pork, to the laulau, steamed pork in taro leaves, these dishes would make any Hawaiian feel right at home. The restaurant also serves up some of the best poke, a raw seafood salad commonly eaten in Hawaiian households across the state, that you will find in Asia, and is a dish we would highly recommend seafood lovers try. OROGOLD especially loves how the restaurant has a great selection of daily specials, making each and every visit to Oga Ono-Loa excitingly different.
Kauai Family Restaurant, Seattle, USA
The Kauai Family Restaurant is a friendly diner-style restaurant in Georgetown, Seattle, loved by locals for its affordable prices and huge platter-like servings. In addition to their all-day breakfast, the restaurant serves up a fantastic range of Hawaiian style plate lunches and dinners, as well as a delicious selection of appetizers, including spam musubi, crispy ginger chicken and Lomi salmon. OROGOLD advises that you save some room for their surprisingly light malasadas, also known as Portuguese donuts, which are only available at the restaurant on Saturdays. Although there are quite a few other Hawaiian restaurants in Seattle, the Kauai Family Restaurant serves up truly delicious Hawaiian-style comfort food that we can never say no to.
Hawaiian cuisine is becoming increasingly popular around the world, with many Hawaiian fusion restaurants in particular popping up in major cities. If you are not able to take a trip to the Hawaiian islands this summer, make it a point to savour a taste of Hawaii from one of these great authentic restaurants.