Finding a consistently good caterer for company functions can be a challenge, especially when you’re on a tight budget. Fortunately we’ve come across a hidden gem over at Kahai Street Kitchen.
We’ve been so satisfied by several catered experiences from them in the past, that we went with “KSK” once again just this past week. It all started from early 2007 when we ordered their fantastic, broke da’ mout’ bento…
Kahai St. Kitchen’s bento includes (top to bottom): (1 pc.) Panko Shrimp, (2 pcs.) Spicey Fried Chicken Wings, (2 pcs.) Teriyaki Beef BBQ Short Ribs, (1 pc.) Herbed Mahimahi Dore style, (2 pcs.) Takuan, all served on a bed of shredded cabbage and white rice with a light sprinkle of Furikake. Wow!, $5.75. What a deal.
What really sets Kahai Street Kitchen’s catering service apart at this price point is owner Nao Iwata’s attention to detail. He delivers the entire meal to the office himself with pride and confidence, and he does his best to make sure it arrives in prime, ready-to-serve condition. All trays are sealed tightly both in plastic AND aluminum foil wrap to preserve ideal moisture, temperature and flavor at time of service.
Check it out…
Another tray of grilled Teriyaki skirt steak from a past order, with extra Teriyaki sauce poured over it. Yum.
Kahai Street Kitchen catering – Dessert (from a past order)
Of course steamed rice was also included, which was also cooked to perfection – something sometimes overlooked. Ehem.
This all totaled out at approximately a meager $7 per person, making it an exceptional value, as was that bento, and all other orders from KSK.
Most importantly, Kahai Street Kitchen puts tender loving care into each and every dish.
Just look at it!…
The skirt steak was so moist and tender. Being this type of cut, it was slightly chewy, yet soft and easy. The teriyaki sauce complimented without overpowering it, which is important. Nice.
Both the chicken and steak had that smokey hibachi grilled flavor to them, with defined blackened sear markings. You can tell that they were tended to carefully, making sure every piece was grilled to perfection; not overdone, not undone.
The only thing I didn’t care for was the sauce on the chicken, which tasted like it had Hoisin in it. Bleck. No problem though; just scrape ’em off and she go.
The tossed greens were fresh and crispy, accompanied by a tangy and spicy Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.
Portioning was also perfect for our head count of just over 60 people, with adequately-enough, but not too much of any particular item, except the greens. We obviously have more T-Rexes than Brontosauruses.
While this particular order appears to be rather plain and simple, the end result was complete customer satisfaction, and another great execution on the part of KSK. In fact hardly anything was left in the trays after all was said, done and eaten. That says a lot. The carnivorous part of our office crew devoured every last bit of beef and chicken, and we all certainly savored everything, mostly quiet during the meal. The unspoken seal of approval.
For a great catered dining experience, Kahai Street Kitchen is highly recommended.
Kahai Street Kitchen
Plate Lunch and Catering
237 Kalihi Street (Kalihi and Kahai st., makai of Nimitz)
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