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Sunday, March 3, 2013

MONKEYPOD KITCHEN - KO'OLINA, HAWAII

 MONKEYPOD KITCHEN
KO'OLINA, HAWAII

MONKEYPOD KITCHEN
92-1046 OLANI STREET
KAPOLEI, HAWAII  96707
808-380-4086
HOURS:  11:30 AM - 11:00 PM DAILY

The buzz around Ko'Olina is that the Monkeypod Kitchen is the "the place" to be at Happy Hour.  Locals and tourists have been waiting for something new to excite this resort community that has been dominated by Roy's for so many years.  The Monkeypod Kitchen is located on the 10th hole of the Ko"olina golf course.  The two story restaurant is huge and features a large bar, indoor seating and a large outdoor patio that is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails and pupu's.  This place is hot and I expect it to stay hot for many years.  The food, ambiance and service are all good.  I also hear that the place really heats up at night with live music.  The Happy Hour here may just help revive Hawaii's non Happy Hour crowd.  From 3:00 to 5:30 you can get beers that normally cost $7 to $9 for $4.75.  Ocean Vodka drinks are $6.  Fu-ful tourists drinks are $8 and wine is $6 per glass.  All appetizers with exception of the Raw Bar and Poke Tacos are 50% off and Pizza's are only $9 excluding the lobster pizza.  These are rockin prices for a resort community and the food is much better than what you get at Disney's Aulani which is across the street.  I can honestly say that every single dish that we tried here was good.  Loved the Poke Tacos ($17.95)  These miniature little tacos are filled with sushi grade Ahi Tuna and topped with an avocado creme sauce. The Wonton taco shell is perfect.  The Bourgeois Pizza ($24.95) is a  Lobster Pizza.  Nice pieces of Kona lobster and a hint of truffle oil.  The Garlic Truffle Oil French Fries ($4 Happy Hour) are addicting.  Perfectly seasoned with salt and lots of garlic.  Infused with Truffle Oil that makes these one of my favorites.  The house made ketchup was good too. The Margherita Pizza ($7 Happy Hour) was also delicious.  Fresh tomatoes, basil and sauce on a thin crust just they way I like it.  The Fresh Fish Tacos ($8.50 Happy Hour) were really good.  They serve up three nice tacos filled with local fish dusted in Cajun seasoning.  Topped with cabbage, tomato salsa and avocado creme.  Loved the salsa and locally grown fresh cilantro.  The Pumpkin Patch Ravioli ($5.50 Happy Hour) was perfection.  Kiawe roasted squash in pasta with a toasted walnut sage pesto.  Full of texture and flavor.  Highly recommend this.  The Wood Roasted Chicken Wings ($7 Happy Hour) were a big hit too.  Everyone loved the flavor and heat.  The Dry Mien Noodle Dish ($6.50 Happy Hour) was a nice surprise.  Locally made saimin noodles with broccoli, bean sprouts, onion and fresh cilantro.  Served with a thai chili sauce.  Ended the meal with a slice of the house made Strawberry Pie ($4 Happy Hour).  This is one of the best pieces of pie I have ever had on Oahu.  Almost like a New York Cheesecake.  YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!  Highly recommend the Monkeypod Kitchen and I cannot wait to get my little fat butt back over there soon.
Click link below to view updated post on Monkeypod Kitchen;
http://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2016/01/monkeypod-kitchen.html

MONKEYPOD KITCHEN IN KO'OLINA IS "THE" PLACE TO BE FOR HAPPY HOUR
LARGE BAR AND INDOOR SEATING AREA
OUTDOOR PATIO IS HAPPENING PLACE AT HAPPY HOUR

LIVE MUSIC AND FAMILY FRIENDLY
MAKE IT FOR HAPPY HOUR AND GET 50% OFF
SALADS, PIZZAS, FISH AND NOODLES - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
BURGERS AND PIE IN KO'OLINA
OUR FEAST ALL CAME OUT QUICKLY FROM KITCHEN
AHI POKE TACOS
FRESH AHI TUNA AND A WON TON SHELL
BOURGEOIS PIZZA
BOURGEOIS PIZZA IS A LOBSTER PIZZA WITH TRUFFLE OIL
MARGHERITA PIZZA IS FRESH AND DELICIOUS
GARLIC AND TRUFFLE FRENCH FRIES ARE ADDICTING AND GREAT!
FRESH FISH TACOS
I ATE MY TACO WITH ONLY ONE TORTILLA.  SERVED WITH TWO TORTILLAS PER TACO
KIAWE GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS
PUMPKIN PATCH RAVIOLI
DRY MIEN NOODLES
DRY MIEN NOODLES ARE GOOD
STRAWBERRY PIE IS A MUST TRY AT MONKEYPOD KITCHEN.  LOVED IT!
 UPDATE 4/20/13 - ANOTHER VISIT TO MONKEYPOD KITCHEN

We hit Monkeypod Kitchen after the LPGA Lotte Championship at Ko'Olina Golf Course.  Walk off the 10th tee and you are literally at Monkeypod.  Pupu's and dinner again were fantastic.  Super great service on this evening.  


HAPPY HOURS HERE A GOOD VALUE WITH HALF OFF APPETIZERS AND $9 PIZZAS.
LIVE HAWAIIAN/CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
INSIDE BUSY AS USUAL
SMALL MERCHANDISING AREA AT THE ENTRANCE
THIS MOTTO IS SO TRUE - LUCKY LIVE HAWAII!!
FARM TO TABLE INGREDIENTS FROM LOCAL SUPPLIERS
COLD BEER IS ALWAYS A PLUS
SO TRUE
HAWAII WATERS ARE ALWAYS WARM
GARLIC TRUFFLE FRIES ARE THE BOMB
OVEN FIRED SPICY CHICKEN WINGS
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES
PERFECTLY COOKED PASTA, SAGE AND BUTTER
HALF ORDER OF CEASAR SALAD - THEY WILL SPLIT THE DISHES FOR YOU IN THE KITCHEN
BEET SALAD WITH BACON AND GOAT CHEESE 
GRILLED BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH VEGETABLES
SPICY GREEN BEANS ARE DELICIOUS
FRESH CATCH SPECIAL - OPAKAPAKA WITH LOBSTER AND TABOULEH
TRIO OF POKE BUT WE ORDERED ALL THE SAME
NEW YORK STRIP STEAK
CHOCOLATE PIE
STRAWBERRY PIE

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