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Saturday, March 19, 2016

DIEM 99 CAFE

DIEM 99 CAFE
INSIDE FORMER 99 RANCH MARKET
1151 MAPUNAPUNA STREET
HONOLULU, HI  96819
808-834-0438
HOURS:  Monday thru Friday 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
                 Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                 Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Visiting the Mapunapuna area of Honolulu with a rep and we decided to have lunch at the old 99 Ranch Market.  I had not been inside this building for years and was curious to take a look on what vendors were inside these days.  The Ranch Market is a large warehouse filled with food and retail vendors featuring ethnic and local foods.  Looked to me like they do a pretty good business during lunch with a combination of military, business, construction and locals dining here.  I took a lap to look over the different food stalls and decided on getting a Greek Gyro.  I returned to the Greek restaurant to find a long line of military personnel wearing camouflage uniforms lined up pretty deep. I looked behind the counter and saw two people working fiercely to fill the orders.  This I thought is going to take awhile so I back tracked to the other side of the Market and saw dozens of pictures of Vietnamese food.  I spent a few minutes looking over the menu and all of the pictures.  Something was telling me to eat light so I settled on Lunch Special #6.  Shrimp Papaya Salad w/Summer Roll, Spring Roll and Crepe ($8.75).  I enjoyed the fried Spring Roll first dipping it in Sriracha Sauce to add some heat.  Not bad.  Actually wished there were more of these on the plate.  Next up was the Summer Roll filled with thinly sliced Shrimp, Basil and Noodles.  Dipped this is a vinegar based sauce that was a little sweet.  Again not bad.  The Crepe was interesting.  Kind of bland with thin slices of Chicken inside.  I picked out the Chicken and left the rest on the plate.  This was not my favorite.  The Shrimp Papaya Salad was delicious but lacked heat like most Papaya Salads.  I hit the salad with some Sriracha Sauce to kick it up a notch.  Super light but fresh and filling lunch.
I would return here again and try more of the dishes.

THE FORMER 99 RANCH MARKET IS NOW THE "RANCH MARKET" I THINK
THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE MARKET SEEMED LESS CROWDED THAN THE LARGER LEFT SIDE
MARKET WAS FILLING UP DURING LUNCH TIME
LOTS OF ASIAN, ETHNIC AND LOCAL FOOD CHOICES
CATCH THE GAME AT THE RANCH MARKET
DIEM 99 CAFE
ALL OF THE FOOD PHOTOS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
DIEM 99 CAFE SPECIALS
DIEM 99 CAFE MENU
PHO, HOUSE SPECIALTIES AND LOCAL FAVORITES
NOODLES, SALADS AND VEGETARIAN MENU
COMBINATION PLATES
LUNCH SPECIALS, BENTOS AND BANH MI SANDWICHES
PARTY PLATTERS
LUNCH SPECIAL #6
SHIRMP PAPAYA SALAD, SPRING ROLL, SUMMER ROLL AND CREPE




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