As seen in the video above, the restaurant featured in the vlog is called CJ’s New York Style Delicatessen/Restaurant and you can read my full review below!
This restaurant is actually located in the hotel I was staying at, it’s in the awesome Rainbow Baazar in the Hilton Hawaiin Village. If you’re not there, you can use the plan a route using their physical address: 2005 Kalia Road Honolulu, HI 96815
As always, I have to start off with the tastiest and most delicious item I tried, this time I have to give it to my order of Macadamia Nut & Coconut Pancakes. All of the items you see below tasted great, especially for breakfast, but these pancakes take the top prize! What’s surreal is that this is only the short stack! I am not a big fan of coconut but these pancakes definitely knew how to incorporate them. Also, if you’re ever in Hawaii, you need to try Coconut creamers! The only thing that didn’t taste the greatest was the Macaroni Salad. You can check out their menu here.
When it comes to food in Hawaii, it is so hard to find affordable restaurants. However, certain places do have reasonable options or at least give the right amount of portions and quality for the price they are charging. This makes sense because on their website they mention that Round Table Pizza is a sister restaurant. If you haven’t checked out my review of that, then do so here.
So here comes the unfortunate part. I won’t say that the service was bad or terrible, it was just so busy that it became hard to handle which in turn led to other issues. Firstly, it was such a long wait just to get inside the restaurant and once we finally did, it took a while for our waiter to assist us because of how busy they were dealing with everyone. Therefore, it’s not terrible it just could have been handled better.
I wouldn’t say the venue is small either. It was largely big and had several sections. It had a bar, dining areas, and even single seats. They also had certain spots open for people who wanted to eat outside.
My main recommendation has to be an improvement in their service time, whether that’s integrating a new booking system or hiring more people. The waiter was still nice which is great and that’s how it should be but if CJ can put more time into fixing that it would definitely increase the overall experience!