Kissaten Rolls Out a New Menu of Coffee Shop Munchies
Stop in at any time for ramen, wraps or salads.
Photos: Natalie Schack
It’s late. More-than-a-few-pitchers late. Past-last-call-seating-at-your-favorite-joint late. Texts-from-your-significant-other-are-getting-terse late.
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You’ve also been sipping Manhattans all night, so your cultured taste buds are looking for something a notch above Zippy’s. How about something a little hipper, a little edgier and a little more Wi-Fi-friendly (drunk food Instagrams are the new drunk texts, after all)? Kissaten it is. The contemporary coffee shop is open 24 hours a day, and now that it’s rolled out a new menu, you’ll want to take advantage of those flexible hours more than ever.
Don’t worry, truffle mac ‘n’ cheese is still on the menu. The team at Kissaten didn’t mess with this favorite dish. Instead, they went the extra yard, listening to what customers and fans had to say about the offerings—yes to more salads and options for grab-and-go, etc.—and ramped the new menu up to specs. We tried a couple of the dishes that made the cut.
In the hearty department (available at lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) there’s a lot to choose from, including a pesto chicken salad wrap and BKTA (bacon, kale, tomato and avocado) sandwich. The turkey barbecue wrap is stuffed with meat, cheese, lettuce and … corn chips! It sounds weird, but we were totally into the wrap’s salty little crunch. If you’re looking for a lunch with even more heft, the new pastrami Swiss melt is not messing around when it comes to piling on the pastrami. Plus, those pickled red onions are a nice, unexpected detail.
Vegetarians need not stay at home. We loved the Portobello mushroom “burger,” which comes with a lusciously marinated Portobello cap, homemade macadamia pesto aioli and a chunk of mozzarella. Or, for something lighter, the kale and avocado salad, spritzed with a pleasantly tangy lemon vinaigrette and sprinkled with quinoa, is a nice option.
Breakfast didn’t get left out, either. A downright yummy chorizo burrito—although the taste is overwhelmingly more bean than chorizo—shares menu space with a thick, chunky acai bowl. Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. daily.
But back to the Instagram opps. With the new menu comes the option to “add a rainbow” to any Kissaten drink. The “rainbow” consists of a cloud of whipped cream and marshmallows topped with a rainbow sour belt candy. Schtick? Probably. Sugar dump? Absolutely. A hit with all your food photo friends? #Undoubtedly.
88 Pi‘ikoi St., 593-1200, kissatencafe.com