Food La La: Pau hana at Holoholo Bar & Grill
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Last week I went to check out Holoholo Bar & Grill at 2494 South Beretania Street. They’ve been open for a couple of months and I heard good things about their happy hour, which features local style fusion dishes from 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
The atmosphere is causal, laid back and friendly with the lounge area adorned with canoe paddles, flat screen televisions and a full bar. The restaurant area is separate and doesn’t open until 5 p.m.
My friend Raymond Pang and I arrived around 4 p.m. for happy hour and it was pretty empty at first, but started to fill up about an hour later. The first dish we tried was Kim Chee Dip & Chips ($7.95 happy hour, $10.95 regular price). The sauce is tangy and sour but I wish it was a bit spicier and chunkier with crunchy bits of kimchee for texture.
One of the more popular dishes is the Back Yard Style Smoke Meat ($12.55 happy hour, $16.55 regular price). This is a must-order! The pork is savory, smoked perfectly, and sauteed with onions and garlic.
I also recommend ordering Brad’s Smok’n Hot Chicken Pops ($8.95 happy hour, $12.95 regular price). The spicy and sour chicken is crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The dill sauce is refreshing and goes great with the chicken.
I was craving carbs, so I decided to try their Poutine ($4.95 happy hour, $7.95) which is basically fries (regular or sweet potato) smothered in gravy and melted cheese. Can’t go wrong with that!
This BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich ($9.50) is off the dinner menu. They use toasted French bread and fill it with their slow braised and very tender brisket.
On the restaurant side, a display case is filled with delicious-looking homemade desserts. I was too full to try any but I took tons of pictures. All desserts are under $5. I’ll have to go back to try some!
Red Velvet Cake.
Red Velvet and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches.
Holoholo Bar & Grill is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays; dinner is also available on the weekends and the bar stays open until 1 a.m. daily (except Sundays). They also have a special brunch menu on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Holoholobarandgrill.com.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.