Try Breakfast Faves with a Local Twist
My Café in Kapolei offers breakfast and lunch out on the west side.
The Flight of Pancakes, one of the more popular items on My Café’s breakfast menu.
Photos: Lennie Omalza
Kapolei often feels short on dining options, but West Siders now have an interesting new option for breakfast and lunch.
My Café’s menu offers your typical breakfast dishes—pancakes, French toast, omelets, etc.—but with a local twist. You can get pancakes with lilikoʻi sauce, French toast with coconut flakes and taro-haupia sauce, or an omelet made with kālua pig.
And, of course, there’s fried rice. This eatery serves two types: The first is the Kamaʻāina ($9.95), which includes bacon, Spam, Portuguese sausage, ham, garlic, bean sprouts and white and green onions. The second is the Kuilei Veggie ($9.95), made with mushrooms, corn, spinach, edamame, garlic, green onions and white onions. Both include something called Grandma’s Sauce.
The Kamaʻāina fried rice is loaded with bacon, Spam, Portuguese sausage, ham, garlic, bean sprouts and white and green onions. BUt it wasn’t our favorite.
We tried the meatier version, but we were less than impressed. Perhaps someone dropped the bottle of Grandma’s Sauce into the bowl because every bite had a sweet honey/shoyu/sugar taste that overpowered the flavor of every other ingredient. Also, the bean sprouts seemed out of place.
Our lunch pick, thankfully, fared a bit better. Served on focaccia bread with a choice of chips or a house salad, the grilled cheese and bacon panini ($6.95) is a great choice for bacon lovers. Melted Swiss and cheddar cheese complement the cured meat, and the house-made tortilla chips, though a tad oily, are a nice accompaniment.
The grilled cheese and bacon panini is served on focaccia bread with a side of house-made tortilla chips.
For dessert, we ordered the Flight of Pancakes ($10.95) off of the breakfast menu, and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The first of the three mini pancake stacks on the flight is the Cookie Butta Lava. Topped with cookie butter cream, cookie crumbles and whipped cream, these little hotcakes are a cookie-butter-lover’s dream come true. They're sweet, rich and borderline addictive.
The second pancake stack was chocolate taro haupia. Though these chocolate pancakes were a little dry, we enjoyed the unconventional mix of flavors. The taro-haupia sauce drizzle went well with the whipped cream and coconut flakes, and didn’t feel too heavy.
Last but not certainly not least, the pancake flight’s final flavor was lilikoʻi. With just the right amount of sweetness, these little hotcakes were our favorite. Topped with whipped cream and two kinds of liliko‘i sauce, they were soft and fluffy with just the right amount of sweet.
Though we wouldn’t specifically drive out to the West Side for My Café, we wouldn't mind trying some of the other specialties, such as the Furikake Panko Crusted Spam or the Aloha Acai Bowl.
Maybe we’ll stop by again the next time we’re in Oʻahu’s second city.
My Café, 563 Farrington Highway, Suite 101B, Kapolei, 200-5737. 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Thursday); 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.