Food La La: Kissaten opens in Kakaako

Mar. 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Popular coffee shop Kissaten recently opened a third location at Waterfront Plaza. It’s a cafe during the day and lounge at night (with alcohol and late night bar food, too).

The menu is vast with a selection of coffee, teas and smoothies as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The menu offers similar items as the Piikoi location, along with several new additions.

There are six HDTV’s above the bar area and a projection screen to feature sports or for business use. They also offer free WiFi access.

Kissaten Waterfront Plaza is currently running a “March Madness” special with $1 well drinks and draft beer that I intend to take full advantage of!

Chef Brandon Stover (left) with Kenny Sato and Dylan Price.

Chef Brandon Stover (left) with Kenny Sato and Dylan Price.

Earlier this week I sampled a selection of new items from the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Breakfast is offered from 7 to 11 a.m. with items such as fried rice, pancakes, waffles and French toast all less than $8 each.

The Banana Cream Stuffed French Toast ($7.95) is fluffy with a light cream that has just the right amount of sweetness.

french toast

I really liked the crispy Monte Cristo sandwich with ham and smoked Gouda ($7.95). The honey flavored ketchup with the flavorful home fried potatoes was a nice touch.

monte cristo

The lunch and dinner menu is served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is also a late night bar menu available after 9 p.m. One of the most popular items is the Loco Moco ($8.95) with a standard beef patty topped with onions, sautéed mushrooms and egg. The gravy is thick and has deep flavor.

loco moco

The Truffle Mac and Cheese ($8.95) isn’t new, but is one of the dishes I really like! It has a decadent combination of aged white cheddar, truffle oil and crunchy bits of bacon!

mac n cheese

One of the new items I thought was interesting is the Toruko Rice ($8.95) with crispy chicken katsu, noodles with a savory tomato gravy sauce and rice. The toruko rice is rich and made with butter. If you’re looking to carbo-load before a night of drinking, this dish is perfect.

toruko rice

This is one of the dishes created by Chef Stover, who formerly worked at Roy’s and Fresh Cafe. It’s Clam Linguine ($12.95) with zucchini sauteed in a garlic butter sauce with a tiny kick of spice. This dish looks simple, but is very tasty and would make a perfect light dinner with a glass of wine.

clam linguine

Another of Stover’s dishes is the Seafood Dynamite ($12.95), which is panko-crusted and baked with calamari, shrimp, zucchini, onion, garlic and mayonnaise. I like that it’s a lighter than a typical Seafood Dynamite, but still has a lot of flavor.

seafood dynamite

Kissaten Waterfront Plaza from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays. Validated parking (two and a half hours free) is available during the day; parking is free at Waterfront Plaza after 10 p.m.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at

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