Grind Time: New Fresh Cafe eyes grand opening

Jul. 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COMA space in the dining room at Fresh Cafe Downtown has been turned into a garden plot to grow fresh mint for the bar.

PHOTOS BY JASON GENEGABUS / JASON@STARADVERTISER.COM

A space in the dining room at Fresh Cafe Downtown has been turned into a garden plot to grow fresh mint for the bar.

BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

After a few months of remodeling and fine-tuning, Fresh Cafe Downtown is ready for its grand opening in the former Indigo space on Nuuanu Avenue, according to owner Tiffany Tanaka. A grand opening blessing and celebration is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday.

Just like the original Fresh Cafe on Queen Street, Tanaka has positioned the new downtown Honolulu location as a multi-use space that will serve as a restaurant, cocktail lounge, coffee bar or performance space, depending on which room you’re in and what day of the week (and even time of day) you visit.

And just like in Kakaako, a lot of time and effort has been put into the menu in accordance with Fresh Cafe’s mission statement to offer “healthy food choices” and promote “creativity, sustainability, local business and fresh ideas.” The statement is prominently displayed in the restaurant to serve as a reminder for customers as well as employees.

0718 fresh cafe 000

Tanaka hosted a private reception this week to preview a number of dishes off the new menu, plus sample sips of signature cocktails developed for the downtown location.

There are plenty of options for seating at Fresh Cafe Downtown. No matter which room you choose, however, you’re in the right place for a good time — according to this sign, at least.

0718 fresh cafe 002

Fried avocado, served with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, ginger wasabi aioli or housemade ranch dressing:

0718 fresh cafe 003

Bacon-wrapped button mushrooms, stuffed with spinach artichoke dip:

0718 fresh cafe 004

Fried baby carrots with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, ginger wasabi aioli or housemade ranch dressing:

0718 fresh cafe 006

Fresh Cafe’s kalua pork nachos with salsa and sour cream:

0718 fresh cafe 005

The Philly pizza, made with roast beef, Swiss cheese, fromage blanc, peppers, onions and mushrooms:

0718 fresh cafe 007

The Pop-Eye pizza, made with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, prosciutto and spinach:

0718 fresh cafe 008

The Hawaiian pizza, made with kalua pork, lup cheong, char siu chicken, lomi lomi tomato sauce and chili pepper water:

0718 fresh cafe 009

Miso salmon with bok choy and fennel slaw over white rice:

0718 fresh cafe 010

Garlic-stuffed chicken with picatta sauce served over wild rice and seasoned vegetables:

0718 fresh cafe 011

Bacon bourbon steak with mashed potatoes and spinach salad:

0718 fresh cafe 012

Warm garlic spinach bacon salad with house-blended soy vinaigrette and mushrooms:

0718 fresh cafe 014

Fresh chicken salad with house-blended soy vinaigrette:

0718 fresh cafe 013

Biscuits and gravy, made with Makiki Bake Shop butter biscuits drenched in housemade bacon gravy and served with sausage and eggs:

0718 fresh cafe 015

Fresh Cafe Downtown is located at 1111 Nuuanu Ave. and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. daily (closed Sundays); also open late for special events. Call (808) 953-7374 or visit freshcafehi.com.
———
“Grind Time” is always looking for the latest places to get your grub on. Email Jason Genegabus with restaurant, bar or any other food/drink-related item at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

No Comments

Comments are closed.