return to writing: Aloha Kitchen ResaurantFebruary 1st, 2011 by Leslie Gilbert
I have been on a bit of a vacation since my last post. The holidays where just so busy I didn’t have a minute to write and then afterwards I just kept thinking oh I will do it next week. Well you know how that goes. So for the 1st of February I have big plans. First I will share a recent restaurant visit, second something from my kitchen, then my plans for Valentine’s Day.
My husband and I went to Aloha Kitchenin Silverdale on the 31st of January. This was our second visit. I have to say that our first trip left us unimpressed and we probably wouldn’t have returned except for the really good deal in the 2011 Kitsap Card. Our second visit was so much better they definitely worked all the kinks out.
We had Kalua Nachos for a starter. Very tasty! They had freshly fried flour tortillas for the chips, nice and crispy. I have never had pork on nachos before and they used their shredded Kalua pork and wow was it good. Also I was a little apprehensive of the Mango salsa because I am not fond of fruit salsas. This one was great; it has just an extra hint of sweetness to the spicy tomato goodness. The only slight issue I had was that some of the cheese wasn’t melted all the way. I think that they were rushing to get it out to us because we were waiting a little long. Not too long, but just on the cusp.
I had the Big Island Saimin. An Asian influenced soup. It had ramen noodles, pork, beef and even Spam. I have to say that I am not a huge supporter of the Spam but I understand how popular it is on the islands. Also in the soup, the Spam worked. The beef was super good, you could still taste the marinade even though it was in a soup. Very yummy! The noodles where described as being made fresh, they tasted very similar to the noodles you get in top ramen. They where good but not exactly what I expected. Overall I enjoyed this soup very much.
My husband had the Mochiko Chicken. I had to say it was very tasty. I stole several bits when he wasn’t looking. It was light and crispy. The rice that they make there while it is just plain rice, it is just exactly right and yummy. It came with macaroni salad which I can’t stand (the whole unfortunate picnic mayonnaise incident) my husband liked it very much. He said it wasn’t to dry or to wet and had a nice spice on top.
Overall, I really enjoyed this trip to the restaurant and will be making a return trip in the future. I think the only thing that they could change is the tables the look like rejects from a fast food joint when they redecorate. It kind of adds to the charm but they are too narrow and are really unattractive. I think they got them because they where a good deal. I hope when they make lots of money from their yummy food they replace them. I was also impressed on how clean the place was. There was a family with two or three kids who left just after we arrived and the kids had gotten rice all over the place. The staff took the time to make sure every grain was swept up. A lot of places just let it sit until later or just get the big stuff up. I think this is a very good addition to the peninsula and think lots of people should visit.