Hawaii Mom Blog: Paina Cafe




September 29, 2009

Paina Cafe

According to Wikipedia, Poke 1 is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer or main course in local Hawaiian cuisine. The word Poke is Hawaiian for "section" or "to slice or cut,” and Poke is what I was craving this afternoon for lunch. So along with a friend, we set out to Paina Cafe in Ward Warehouse.

We were enticed by their "Poke Bowls." If you haven’t heard of them, it’s a bowl of white or brown sushi rice topped by your choice of hot or mild sauce and your choice of poke (Spicy Tuna, Shoyu Ahi or Hot Shoyu Ahi). For an additional charge you can include a few toppings such as Natto, Takuan or Kim Chee.
I had the large Poke Bowl with white sushi rice, hot sauce, hot shoyu ahi poke and topped with Taegu and Kim Chee. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos but the lighting wasn't ideal in that area. You'll just have to take my word that my lunch was ono and I found myself in a food coma.
My friend outdid me and went with their special "Hawaiian Poke Bowl." That's a large poke bowl but it also includes lomi lomi salmon and kalua pig. I definitely had the food envy after I saw it.
I like this place and I'd definitely go again for the quality of the food and for the selection. For those who aren't into raw fish, fear not since Paina Cafe isn't limited to just poke bowls. They have a very colorful menu that includes fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, fruit bowls, smoothies and plate lunches. You can view the entire menu at www.PainaCafe.com and while you're online, don't forget to follow them on Twitter @PainaCafe.
Paina Cafe
Ward Warehouse
1200 Ala Moana Blvd., #24
(Next to Town & Country Surf Shop)
Twitter: @PainaCafe

Mon-Sat: 10am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 6pm

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