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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Breakfast at Ailana Shave Ice

Left: green tea waffle with azuki, ice cream and mochi, right: pancakes with fruit

Ailana Shave Ice, one of my go-to spots for shave ice, recently started serving breakfast, and it's like everything I love about its shave ice—fresh fruit flavors and the uji kintoki, a shave ice sundae with green tea syrup, azuki beans, mochi and ice cream—is now available in breakfast form. There's a green tea waffle with all the components of the uji kintoki, even the mochi, and all of it drizzled with green tea syrup. It's not the crispiest waffle I've had, but the flavors are good. Fluffy, tender pancakes arrive with fresh cut fruit, including avocado. On the side: maple syrup as well as coconut and mango syrup, more of Ailana's housemade fruit syrups. It's kind of genius, the repurposing of shave ice syrups for breakfast.

The chicken fried rice omelette is popular, but it's not my favorite—the fried rice is more like a ketchup-y rice. I'll stick with sweet things at Ailana. Expect a leisurely breakfast here; everything is prepared and cut to order, including that fruit salad that accompanies the pancakes.

1430 Kona St., Suite 102, 955-8881,

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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