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5 Fun Facts About Luibueno’s Haleiwa’s New Menu

(Sponsored) New menu items, same authentic Latin flavor.


At the end of May, Luibueno’s Haleiwa debuted a handful of new menu items as permanent additions to its regular offerings. HONOLULU Magazine stopped by for an introduction to these new dishes and learned that there’s a lot that’s been going on at the North Shore eatery. Here’s the skinny:


1. This year marks lucky number seven.


Luibueno's Haleiwa


Luibueno’s has been a staple in North Shore for a while—seven years, in fact. And we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than by doing something new. Cheers to that!


2. Start with a drink.


Luibueno's Haiewa


Luibueno’s is known for its food, but don’t ignore the drink menu. Order from choices of wine, margaritas and other cocktails (including the risky sounding High Surf Advisory, a whopping 56-ounce cocktail with Azul Tequila Resposado, Blue Curacao and Grand Marnier). We couldn’t stop sipping on the Yuzu Mule, not too sweet and perfectly refreshing for a hot Hawaiian afternoon.


3. Introducing: Chef Terrero.


Luibueno's Haleiwa


Meet the new executive chef, Jose Terrero, who is also the mastermind behind the restaurant’s newest dishes. Terrero hails from Puerto Rico and spent his time mastering Latin flavor in the kitchens of hotels, cruise ships and more. (So, basically, you’re getting the real-deal Latin tastes.)


4. Terrero’s new dishes are his take on Latin fusion cuisine.


Luibueno's Haleiwa


Chef Terrero’s skill is obvious when you order the totally Instagram-worthy chillo frito, a whole fried snapper served with island escabeche and a lemon glaze. We also had the chance to taste some of the new appetizers: Tacoviche, light and with just enough lime to waken your taste buds, are exactly how they sound—taco shells, made from plantains and filled with fresh ceviche, while the Makka Beach eggplant, Jamaican jerk grilled eggplant with jicama and apple compote, was surprisingly full of flavor.


5. Save room for dessert.


Luibueno's Haleiwa


Order this artfully presented chocolate mousse for an end to the meal that’s indulgently rich, but perfectly sized to satisfy that sweet tooth without leaving you overstuffed.


For more information on Luibueno’s Haleiwa, and to make reservations online, visit Luibueno.com.


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