Hawaii Mom Blog: Istanbul Hawaii




August 23, 2021

Istanbul Hawaii

Istanbul Hawaii is one of Oahu's current hot spots for lunch or dinner.  The restaurant is a family affair, with a mother and daughter at the helm in the kitchen. I've dined here a handful of times for lunch and have never had a disappointing experience. 

For my birthday, my brother and sister-in-law ordered take-out from Istanbul for our family of 7. The menu is ideal for family-style dining, and we enjoyed getting a taste of the different items on the menu, all of which were rich and flavorful! I discovered the Meze Platter on a recent visit (thanks to my friend who wanted to order it for us) and ever since then I recommend it to anyone who's going to Istanbul with a group of people.  This was my first time trying the Hatay Kunefe for dessert (I usually order the baklava). I was skeptical at first, but decided to try it since my friend said it was really good. I ended up liking it a lot - it was crispy and sweet. 

On their website you can scan the menu, make a reservation (via Open Table), or place an online order!

Meze Platter: humus, muhammara, babaganush, su borek, spanakopita, peynir & karpuz, pita

Cauliflower Sharwarma: Ras'el Hanut, Turkish spices & EVO, taum sauce, Mediterranean salata

Izmir Kofte: USDA PRIME ribeye, minced Turkish spices, Mediterranean salata, tzatziki, saffron pilav

Iskander Doner: Turkish spiced shaved lamb on Turkish saffron pilav, Ho farm tomato reduction, coban salata, tzatziki

Lamb Tenderloin: grass-fed Kohala lamb, marinated & aged in Turkish spices for 48 hours, Mediterranean salata, saffron pilav, tzatziki

My plate of heaven!

Hatay Kunefe: fresh cheese, shredded filo, honey, syrup, Turkish pistachio, kaymak vegetarian


1108 Auahi Street
(808) 772-4440

Free parking available in Anaha's parking garage, or in any of Ward Village's parking garages.

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