Last week our office ordered a bunch of plates for lunch from Queen Street Cafe. As you may recall, we were just here not long ago this past December.
This time around we decided instead of ordering plates for each person individually, we’d get the “ultimate combo” and share all of them together on the table, spread out family style, starting with that delicious Tofu Salad with Salmon plate shown above. Got fish? Check.
Got beef? Check…
Got chicken? Check…
More chicken? Check…
Got pork? Check…
Got rice? Yeah, we already got plenty scoops of regular steamed white rice, but none that are fried with generous helpings of Kim Chee and Portuguese Sausage!…
Lookin’ good. Let’s make a plate consisting of a little of each from all these onolicious lookin’ grindz!…
The verdict this time around?
• Tofu Salad with Salmon – Simple, yet effective blend of ingredients, including: adequate amount of tender and flavorful sauteed salmon cubes. This, plus the combination of large, firm cubes of Tofu, along with the crispy romaine lettuce, bean sprouts, grated carrots and an asian-style dressing we couldn’t quite pinpoint was a refreshing hit amongst all of us. SPAM Musubi rating: solid 4
• Pork Chops with Mushrooms & Onions – Very tender, with nicely-flavored flour-dredged crust. Mushrooms and Onions a plus, but could have used more butter or sauce base to coat the pork chops. Points for the chops being cut for service (no knife required). SPAM Musubi rating: 4
• Furikake Garlic Chicken – After this second generous helping of the stuff (reinforced by the volume of the stuff being ordered by patrons), a proven winner. SPAM Musubi rating: 4
• Kiawe Steak – Same seasoning level (salt-wise) from the last visit. Adequate variety of doneness levels just borderline plus or minus medium. Slightly more pronouced Kiawe smoke flavor vs. the last visit. SPAM Musubi rating: 3
• Kim Chee Fried Rice – Big, pronounced cuts of Kim Chee, resulting in spicy heat. Generous quantity of diced pieces of Portuguese sausage in it. Overall a little on the dry side (in my opinion), yet well seasoned and packed with flavor thanks to the sum of its parts. Single sunny-side-up fried egg a nice surprise (not mentioned on the menu). SPAM Musubi rating: 3
• Kiawe BBQ Chicken – Decent hibachi-grilled papa’a edge flavors thanks to the Kiawe-fired grill, but otherwise missing a sauce. As is, tastes like just salt and pepper. Guaranz a deep ‘n savory, thickly-glazed Teriyaki would jack this up notches unknown to Hawaii-style plate lunch enthusiasts the world over. SPAM Musubi rating: 1
Also, the Mac Salad (included on several plates) – Cool, creamy, simple and unanimously up there with the best of the best in execution of texture and flavor in the minds of Diner E, A and myself, P. SPAM Musubi rating: 5
To sum it all up, everyone thoroughly enjoyed sampling the spread on the table shown here today from the good folks over at Queen Street Cafe. Supah ono!
It was especially neat sharing each one family-style, where we could all sample a little of each dish. If you never done that before with individual plate lunch orders, try it. Truly da’ ultimate combo’!
To make it easier for you to find, they now have their sign up on the front entrance…
There wasn’t much different on the menu on this visit (last Friday) in comparison to our last visit back in December, save for the addition of Tripe Stew and Roast Pork (which could be yet more greats themselves!), and this time nevah get da’ meat loaf.
Otherwise, once again ono ‘kine plate lunches in generous portions we all thoroughly enjoyed, at a fantastic, bust-this-tough-economic-times, one-size-fits-all price. Queen Street Cafe in Kaka’ako. Check ’em out!
Queen Street Cafe
885 Queen Street
Menu (current as of 1/9/09)
$6.00 plates w/ drink
• Kiawe Steak
• Kiawe BBQ Chicken
• Furikake Garlic Chicken
• Daily Specials
Cooked to order
• Tofu Salad/Salmon – $5.00
• Poke Salad (Reg. or Spicy) – $6.00
• Fried Rice (Reg. Kim Chee or Garlic) – $6.00
• Pork Chops w/ Mushrooms & Onions – $7.00
• 8 oz. Steak with Sauteed Garlic Shrimp – $10.00
Catering also available
(former owners of Club Queen Bee)
• Kaka’ako Eats: Queen Street Cafe