Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Excellent Pahoa Restaurant - Pele's Kitchen - Sushi & Gourmet Local Flavors


Pele's Kitchen - Sushi & Delicious Local Flavors in Pahoa Town

Tuna Sashimi
Try out this new fabulous restaurant in Pahoa, next to Shaka's in the old Pahoa Village Cafe location - just 5 minutes from Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Pahoa Town.

Pele's Kitchen is a great addition to the Pahoa Restaurant mix. It just recently moved from the Hilo Town Tavern in Downtown Hilo to Pahoa and is now open to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are 7 am - 1pm daily with dinner served on Friday & Saturday. Sushi hours are Thursday - Saturday. The number to call for reservations or to order take out is 935-0550.
Fish Special with tumeric rice and mashed sweet potato
Taro & Yam Chips with Salsa
Pele's Kitchen owners, Stephen & Liz Yundt, known locally as Uncle & Auntie, serve up their country breakfast with a wild jungle flavor. Homemade breads, desserts and cinnamon rolls, banana bread and homemade tropical syrups like lilikoi, coconut & guava greet their diners every morning. Breakfast flair includes such exotic items as "Mango Blintzes", "Cinnamon-Apple French Toast" and classics like Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros.

Princess of the Jungle
Lunches include Puna Burgers, Reuben' Sandwich, Huli-Huli chicken sandwich, exotic salds like Princess of the Jungle and even homade raviolis in local style flavors like Chicken-Macadamia, Kalua Pork and Hawaiian Grass-Fed Beef. Specials include a delectable fish sandwich featuring local ono caught right out of Pohoiki.
Puna Pie

Uncle's fabulous dessert choices include such originals as the Puna Pie, Mountain Apple Pie, Chocolate Eclairs, Mango Pie, Blackberrry Pie, Pohaberry Pie and Macadamia Tarts.

Auntie Liz greets everyone at the door and is a source for information on the local area. Auntie is an artist, making customized t-shirts and showing customers how to make ti-leaf leis. She also creates delicious jungle juices like lilikoi-calamansi and local ginger iced tea.  

Japanese Sushi Master, Kiji Ichikawa joins hte staff Thursday - Saturday to present sushi creations that are renown all over Hawaii.

What impressed my kids and me about Pele's Kitchen was the quality of the food, the attention to detail and the personal atmosphere with excellent service. We went to the restaurant based on the recommendation of friends and had a variety of dishes: Taro & Yam Chips and Maui Onion Rings for starters, the Sushi Special of the day, the bacon burger with fries and the fish special with tumeric rice, mashed purple sweet potatoes and salad for our main course. For desert we tried the mountain apple and black berry pies. To drink we had the lilikoi-calamansi and a beer from the bar next door. All was absolutely delicious. All ingredients are from local growers and the owners' garden. If you are there for dinner on the weekends you may also catch the band playing at Shaka's - it's right next to the restaurant.

Pele's Kitchen offers a great variety of choices for vegetarians and vegans.

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