Food La La: Koko Head Cafe
Koko Head Cafe has been open for about a month and quickly turned into a hot spot for brunch. I see pictures of chef Lee Anne Wong’s creative and drool-worthy dishes in my social media feeds daily and people rave about how great the food is, so I had to go check this place out.
I’m not usually a big breakfast eater and was still quite sleepy the day I visited (I’m a night owl), so I decided to start off brunch with a bang and order a Mary Mary ($11), Koko Head Cafe’s version of a Bloody Mary with Ho Farms tomato and a zing of wasabi yuzu. This drink had enough spice to wake me out of my groggy state.
My friends and I tried all three of the baked goods on the menu but the Kimchi Bacon Cheddar Scone ($5) is what stood out the most. It was flaky with crispy bits of cheese and just the right amount of pungent, spicy kimchi flavor.
The Breakfast Bruschetta ($6) was refreshingly sweet and made with local fruit, macadamia nut yogurt and Japanese rusk.
I love how Chef Wong is able to transform everyday breakfast dishes into something new, like the delightfully crispy Cornflake French Toast ($14) with sweet bacon, creamy black pepper maple syrup and Frosted Flakes gelato.
Out of all the dishes I tried, the pancakes ($12) were the only disappointing dish. Maybe it was an off day, but they weren’t very fluffy or as soft as I would’ve liked.
However, the dumplings of the day were amazing! They were soft, delicate and filled with pieces of pork and cabbage, and topped with a tangy Szechuan tahini sauce.
The Breakfast Bibimbap ($15) was as beautiful and delicious as it looked. I liked that all the vegetables were flavored separately, like the shoyu–mirin flavored shiitake mushrooms. I only wish the rice was crispier like the way it’s served at Korean restaurants.
My favorite dish was the Ohayou Eggs ($15), baked eggs with heritage ham and mushrooms in a super creamy parmesan dashi bonito sauce. The sauce was so addicting I couldn’t stop eating it even though I was beyond full. I poured it all over the kimchi bacon scone — and bibimbap, too!
Overall, the food and service at Koko Head Cafe was fantastic. I can’t wait to go back to try more dishes and eat those Ohayou Eggs again!
Koko Head Cafe is located at 1145-C 12th Ave. and is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit kokoheadcafe.com.