Da Spot is Honolulu’s Place for Healthy, Affordable and Sustainable Ethnic Cuisines
(Sponsored) It may be our Hale ‘Aina Awards 2020 finalist for Best Mediterranean, but the local restaurant’s lineup of dishes are globally inspired.
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At Honolulu restaurant Da Spot, owners Ahmad Ramadan and Ako Kifuji want to show locals that food can be healthy, sustainable and affordable, all at the same time. Diversity is the main theme here: While Da Spot specializes in Mediterranean and North African foods, plenty of other cuisines—Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Malaysian and Hawaiian, to name a few—can be found on rotation here, served in large trays at the counter that allow you to quickly build your own plate lunch cafeteria style, pay, then continue on your merry way.
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Its dishes may be served school style, but the restaurant’s dishes are anything but elementary. Peruse its menu and you’ll find it full of options, such as Egyptian roasted lamb shanks, sautéed Red Fire Chicken and house-made baklava, that are delightfully affordable (a combo plate, for example, is $10 and includes your choice of starch and salad) and take advantage of the fragrant nature of herbs and spices to create full, complex flavors. With sustainability in mind, Da Spot’s menu rotates with the seasons and features local ingredients whenever possible. That goes for its lineup of smoothies, too, which are always a refreshing choice in Hawai‘i weather.