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Sunday, June 8, 2014

DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN

DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN
HONOLULU, HAWAII

DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN
1006 KAPAHULU AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI  96816
808-734-4444
HOURS:  Daily 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Cruising down Kapahulu Avenue has been a habit for 30 years.  This street is known for restaurants and over the years I have seen dozens come and go.  Seems like the location of Diamond Head Kitchen is cursed because this great location has had trouble keeping restaurants here for long periods of time.  What used to be a pretty good looking restaurant has been converted into a mess of a building complete with a Blue Shrimp Truck in the parking lot.  What is now called Kapahulu Square is now home to Diamond Head Kitchen, the Shrimp Truck and a Japanese restaurant.  A tent covers a dining area on the side and there is indoor seating in the back.  We ordered the Half Chicken ($9.45) with a Side Salad.  The Chicken looked good on the plate.  Lightly covered in spices with a soft brown color.  We cut in and found the chicken to be very moist and not greasy at all.  The meat was cooked perfectly and bright white.  Nice piece of chicken but there was really not much flavor.  The history of this restaurant stated that the owner traveled to over 30 countries to find the right spices for their chicken.  Well where are they we thought.  I tasted the white meat chicken by itself.  Let it melt in my mouth and then took a big piece of the seasoned skin and did the same.  Really could not distinguish any flavors and was not satisfied with the amount of seasoning.  The others in our party agreed.  Needs more seasoning.  The Avocado Burger ($8.89) included a side salad or fries and soft drink.  I went with the salad but wished I would have tried the fries.  The burger arrived in looked large.  I picked it up and found that this is not really a burger patty.  The chicken is shredded and placed on a bun with onion, tomato and lettuce.  All of the produce items were fresh but again the chicken did not have much flavor.  The Avocado which was to be the star of the dish was absolutely tasteless and seemed to be frozen and not fresh.  The food here was not bad but we all felt it was not satisfying enough to make us come back.  There were no flavors or tastes here to make you want to make a trip back to Diamond Head Kitchen.  Oh...how I wish there were.

DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN ON KAPAHULU AVENUE
SPACE IS SHARED WITH JAPANESE RAMEN RESTAURANT THAT SERVES BEER
ORDER AT THE WINDOW
CHICKEN WILL TAKE YOU AROUND THE WORLD?  
DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN MENU
CHICKEN DIPPING SAUCES
HALF CHICKEN WITH FRENCH FRIES 
THE STORY OF DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN.  ABBREVIATED VERSION:
SURFER TRAVELS AROUND WORLD TO FIND CHICKEN RECIPE AND SPICES.
COMES BACK TO HAWAII AND OPENS CHICKEN RESTAURANT
ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING AT DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN
DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN DINING ROOM LOCATED BEHIND THE TAKE OUT WINDOW
COOL AND COMFORTABLE IN HERE
FIRE ROASTED CHICKEN SURFBOARD
LIKED THE DECORATIONS
BEACH THEME AT DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN
OCEAN THEME IS NICE
PRETTY COOL LITTLE SPACE
DIAMOND HEAD KITCHEN IS JUST A FEW MILES FROM WAIKIKI BEACH
OUTDOOR COVERED SEATING AREA IN BACK TOO
HALF ROASTED CHICKEN WITH SALAD
CHICKEN COMES WITH YOUR CHOICE OF TWO SAUCES.  BBQ CHILI PEPEER AND HONEY MUSTARD SHOWN HERE.  THE HONEY MUSTARD WAS GREAT ON THE SALAD TOO!
CHICKEN IS MOIST AND NOT GREASY
CHICKEN WAS COOKED PERFECTLY AND MOIST.  JUST LACKED FLAVOR
AVOCADO BURGER WITH SALAD
AVOCADO BURGER FEATURES SHREDDED FIRE ROASTED CHICKEN
SHREDDED CHICKEN, GRILLED ONIONS, LETTUCE, TOMATO AND WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS FROZEN AVOCADO.  AVOCADO HAD NO FLAVOR 
BURGER WAS LARGE BUT REALLY LACKED FLAVOR

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