Food La La: Cool off at Arch Cafe
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
What do you eat when it’s hot and humid? For me, I love acai bowls! They’re refreshing, filling and make the perfect meal or snack. Arch Cafe located at 1212 Punahou St. inside the new Volcanic Climbing & Fitness Gym, has a variety of creative acai and pitaya bowls to choose from.
Kenny Lum (pictured above) and Kahea Alapai are the owners of Arch Cafe.
“This is the reincarnation of our Aloha Bowls, acai bowl truck from three years ago”, said Lum. “We had to shut down our business after our truck was broken into and all our equipment was stolen. But now we are back and happy to have a place to make our bowls again.”
I am very happy they are back! Their bowls are delicious, customizable and they have vegan-friendly options. Instead of honey as a sweeter, you can choose either maple syrup or agave!
“Our bowls are named after popular local climbing routes,” said Lum.
The Arch Bowl ($10.50) is their signature bowl made with acai, coconut water, mango and bananas. It’s topped with granola, banana, pineapple, mango, coconut flakes and creamy haupia sorbet! The haupia sorbet is such a refreshing addition to the already topping-filled bowl.
All of the acai bases are different for each bowl. I really enjoyed the minty flavor of the Bowlder Bowl ($9), made with acai, banana, mixed berries and soy milk. It’s topped with banana, strawberry, bluberry, goji berries and raw bee pollen. Ask them to omit the bee pollen and request agave instead of honey so it’s vegan-friendly!
My favorite turned out to be their pitaya bowl called Paradise ($9.50), made with coconut water, banana, mango and pineapple. It had a lighter flavor than the acai bowls. Next time I go back I will order this one and ask for a scoop of the haupia sorbet!
In all their bowls, the granola is layered throughout so you don’t have to worry about running out. At other places I have to ration my granola to make sure I have enough for each bite. It’s the little things that count and I like that Arch Cafe takes their acai bowl making seriously. They also make smoothies and boba drinks and serve Morning Glass coffee.
Although it is located in the Volcanic Climbing & Fitness Gym, you don’t have to be a member to go to the cafe. There are seats inside and outside; you can also call in your order ahead of time and pick up your bowls to go. It’s nice to sit inside because you can watch the climbers.
If you would like to try out the gym, they have an all day pass for $25. You could spend the entire day in there climbing, working out in the gym, taking a yoga class or relaxing in the spa area, which is co-ed and has a steam room, full-sized redwood sauna, indoor salt water swimming pool, large jacuzzi (can fit up to 30 people), steam room and ice plunge.
Arch Cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.archcafehonolulu.com for more info.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about all things vegetarian for the Pulse. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.