Every once in a while my family and I venture out of our comfort zone to a new restaurant. Instead of gravitating toward CPK or Kikuya, we try out a cafe or restaurant that’s unfamiliar to us. Recently, we checked out The Nook Neighborhood Bistro near the University of Hawaii and it was amazing! It’s seemingly popular to the UH students and others near the area and for good reason. The hole-in-the-wall cafe is brightly lit, well served, and delicious. While some restaurants try to be unique and take one risk too many, The Nook finds the perfect balance between familiar and adventurous.
I had the Pork Belly Benedict which was made up of poached eggs, crispy pork belly, an English muffin, Hollandaise sauce, rice or potatoes, and a baguette or whole wheat toast. My mom had the simple eggs and meat breakfast with potatoes and toast and my dad ordered the most mouth-watering breakfast in the world: mochiko chicken and mochi waffles. His meal was mochi flour waffles and crispy mochiko chicken topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Talk about a match made in heaven. The Nook not only creates delicious breakfast food but also bakes homemade muffins and scones and serves up fresh pineapple jam everyday. I will definitely be heading back soon!