Food La La: eight50 opens in Pearl City
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Eight50 is a bar and lounge now open in Pearl City as the newest member of the Leeward Bowl family. It’s an upscale bar that features 100 craft beers with 12 rotating taps from all around the world, including several local beers brewed in Hawaii. They also have an extensive whiskey bar with over 40 different varieties.
“We want eight50 to be the premium destination for craft beer lovers. We are featuring an extensive selection of almost 100 craft beers to go along with our craft cocktails, whiskeys, and wine varietals,” said owner Richard Akimoto in a press release announcing the bar’s grand opening. “eight50 is a place where people can comfortably enjoy a snack or a meal off of our gourmet pub food menu in an upscale environment.”
eight50 also has a selection of specialty cocktails to choose from. Brunch at Tiffany’s ($10) is a sophisticated and fun drink with Bombay Sapphire Gin, St. Germaine, Chambord, cava, and lemon.
If you’re looking for something a bit stronger, try the Vito Corlene ($9) made with Pig’s Nose blended Scotch whiskey, amaretto, lemon, and ginger ale.
A fun drink to try if beer isn’t your thing is the Ace Pineapple Cider ($6) that comes with a li hing-rimmed glass.
As for the food, eight50 has a nice selection of dishes that match their drinks. The Candy Bacon Wrapped Asparagus ($10) is a must order! Love the sweet and savory flavors!
This is the Beef Tenderloin with balsamic reduction ($16). The balsamic makes the tenderloin extra tender.
It’s always nice when bars have healthier options besides the usual fried food. The Tofu Ahi Patties ($12) with secret garlic aioli sauce is a winner.
Another lighter option is the fresh Ahi Carpaccio with Garlic Sauce ($13). Most of the vegetables that eight50 uses in their dishes are locally grown and or organic.
Eight50 is located at 850 Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City. Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. to midnight Sundays.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.