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Sunday, June 28, 2015

BREAD + BUTTER

BREAD + BUTTER
1585 KAPIOLANI BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-949-3430
HOURS: Daily 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
www.alohabreadbutter.com

The owners of the longtime successful Shokudo Restaurant on Kapiolani have designed a beautiful little restaurant and bar right next to Shokudo.  Bread + Butter is their new venture and to tell you the truth, I do not know what to make of this place as it is a bit confusing.  When you walk in there is no reception desk and it has kind of a coffee house feel.  There is a bar, tables, Deli Counter, Take Out Counter and another counter near the kitchen.  We walked around and did not know whether we should take a seat.  Some of the staff smiled but nobody greeted us or told us what the concept was here.  We finally realized that you order at the counter near the kitchen.  Menus were on clip boards on the counter so we picked one up.  We ordered the Margherita Pizza ($12.95).  This was a very cheesy Margherita Pizza.  So much cheese in fact it was all you could taste.  I ate one slice and did not go back for a second.  The Lobster Bisque Mac n' Cheese ($9.95) came out in a bubbling hot skillet and was a bit brown.  The dish was super greasy and cheesy.  There were some pieces of Lobster in the dish and you could really taste the Bisque.  My Daughter enjoyed it.  The Ham + Salami + Cheese Sandwich ($12) surprised me with its nice size.  The taste however missed on all marks.  First off they use a very soft sweet bread that does not go with the Italian meats.  This sandwich needs to be on a Hoagie Roll or Baguette.  The sandwich also needs some kind of dressing, sauce or condiment like mustard to add some flavor and maybe some lettuce for texture.  Probably one of the blandest sandwiches I have ever tasted.  I ate 1/4 of the sandwich and threw in the towel on this one.  The salad served with the sandwich had so much dressing that the lettuce was actually soaked and limp.  The Chicken Liver Pate +Truffle Oil ($7) was disgusting and non eatable.  Again they used a soft bread.  Pate needs a harder bread or even a cracker would be better.  The taste of the Pate was fowl.  It had an overpowering aftertaste that I am still trying to shake off.  I think Bread + Butter has some good things on the menu and I would like to find them.  The Wine Bar looks interesting and I may go back in the evening to enjoy a glass here.  This place needs an identity.   Seems like great location as the place was pretty filled at lunchtime.  Good looking younger crowd.

BREAD + BUTTER IS LOCATED NEXT TO SHOKUDO ON KAPIOLANI BLVD
IS IT A BAR, RESTAURANT, DELI OR COFFEE HOUSE?
BREAD + BUTTER IS A BIT CONFUSING AT FIRST
CHEESE, MEATS AND WINE BAR
AFTER WALKING AROUND WITH NO RECEPTION WE FINALLY WERE TOLD TO ORDER AT THIS COUNTER
BREAD + BUTTER MENU
BREAKFAST, SOUPS AND SALADS
PIZZA, SANDWICHES, PASTA AND TAPAS
PREPARED FOODS INCLUDING SPAM MUSUBI WITH QUAIL EGG
THE OREO COOKIE MUFFIN CAUGHT MY EYE
RICE SNACKS
PREPARED SALADS TO GO
SANDWICHES TO GO
SEVERAL STATIONS WHERE YOU CAN PICK UP SMALL PLATES AND UTENSILS
NICE LOOKING PIZZA OVEN
WATER STATION AND UTENSILS
YOU KINDA WONDER AROUND THE PLACE TO FIND THINGS LIKE CONDIMENTS
LOBSTER BISQUE MAC N' CHEESE
HAM + SALAMI + CHEESE SANDWICH
SANDWICH SERVED ON SOFT SWEAT BREAD AND HAD VERY LITTLE TASTE
MARGHERITA PIZZA
CHICKEN LIVER PATE + TRUFFLE OIL

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