Waikiki’s Cream Pot restaurant is a noodle scratcher. This European influenced restaurant with Japanese sensibility is decorated like a house out of Grimm’s fairy tale. But we heard they served a nice breakfast with eggs, so we followed the cookie crumb trail to the Monarch Hotel.
(Above: Classic omelette with maple cured bacon, mushrooms, onions, potatoes and gruyere cheese — served with a side of salad and rice.)
Inside, the country cottage interior seems almost Disney like (the witch dangling over the cashier doesn’t help matters). But it was all cute and adorable. The menu is mostly breakfast: omelettes, benedicts, waffles and crepes — all with a slight twist, either a touch of Japanese or a hint of local flavours.
(Above: Tropical eggs benedict — two poached eggs on English muffins topped with maple cured bacon, mornay sauce and fresh pineapples.)
I had the classic omelette: a competently executed, fluffy omelette rolled and stuffed with maple cured bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onions, potatoes and gruyere cheese. It was served with a thing of rice and a small side salad.
Case had their take on local flavours — the Classic Hawaiian benedict: two softly poached eggs on crusty English muffins and topped with maple cured bacons, mornay sauce and chunks of fresh pineapples. Sure, we felt all tourist-like, but the dishes were comforting and nicely executed.
(Above: A miniature sized crepe with cherry dressing.)
My meal came with coffee and a small dessert: a miniature crepe topped with candied cherries and syrup. Our breakfast, with tax and tip, came to over $32 which felt a bit pricey. The service was polite, but noticeably slow. However, for a nice egg breakfast in a charming setting, Cream Pot is a step up from any chain restaurant.
Perfect for: classic egg breakfast in Hawaii, with a slight twist.
444 Niu Street, Honolulu