Two New Spots for Sushi, Subs and Sweets in Kāne‘ohe
These two casual eateries are right next door to each other.
A Variety of sweets from Jay’s Bakery & Sushi.
Photos: Kawehi Haug
Two casual eateries have sprouted new locations on the Windward Side of the island in Kāne‘ohe, and they happen to be neighbors. One trip, two food stops, lucky you.
Jay’s Bakery & Sushi
Jay’s second location opened in Kāne‘ohe in May with its signature layered sponge mousse cakes, bubble teas and a full sushi menu. The bakery part of the little café offers a decent variety of sweets, our favorite of which is the coffee pudding—thick and creamy with flecks of vanilla bean and the smooth, caramelly finish of a perfectly poured latte. But better. We’ll also go back for the chocolate swirl New York-style cheesecake.
The sushi here isn’t made with sushi rice, and some of the richer rolls, like the spicy ‘ahi California maki and the garlic salmon sushi, really need the vinegar rice for balance. The more plain rolls, like the Spam and egg, don’t suffer as much from the missing sushi rice—it’s nothing that a good dousing of shoyu can’t fix. The prices at Jay’s are very reasonable—$6.50–$10.50 for sushi sets and $2.25–$3.50 for the cakes, brownies and puddings. Your best bet is to call your order in. There’s only one person making the sushi, seating is limited and it’s very warm (as in, hot) in the café , which makes eating in a bit uncomfortable.
45-556 Kamehameha Highway. (In the Ko‘olau Plaza between Yamashiro Hardware and King Windward Nissan), 234-1628
Though it’s a few months older than Jay’s, the Kāne‘ohe location of Aloha Sub is still one of the newer kids on the block, but it’s quickly become a go-to lunch spot for Windwardites. Its signature sandwiches are giant-size (a whole sando is 18 inches) and come in endless meat and cheese combinations. You have the option of building your own sandwich or choosing one off the long menu of subs that are all named for well-known surf spots in the Islands. Like Jay’s, seating is limited and there’s no AC, so call in your order and take that hero to go.
Located right next door to Jay’s, 235-6869, whole sandwiches are $15.96–$18.98. Half sandwiches are $7.98–$9.49.
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