Review: Kona Cafe Breakfast: Polynesian
I visited “The Kona” (as it’s known in my family) on a bright and busy Saturday morning to meet a friend for breakfast. After a brief moment of confusion at the host stand to figure out whose name the reservation was under, we were seated within 5 minutes of checking in.
Our server, Maria, was incredibly thoughtful. As we walked up to the table, we noticed that she was pulling it away from a much larger table so that we could have some space to ourselves, which we very much appreciated. She was consistent (but not obtrusive) in checking to see that we had everything we needed throughout the meal—including the suggestion of a To Go cup for our drinks.
I ordered the blueberry pancakes, a perennial favorite of mine, with sausage. The pancake batter is slightly sweet, and the blueberries are dropped right into the batter. The pancakes are served with macadamia butter and syrup, although I went light on both since the pancakes are pretty good on their own. The sausage was also well done.
My dining companion ordered the Big Kahuna, which truly lives up to its name. I’ve seen it many times before, but it always continues to shock me when an enormous platter shows up with bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, potatoes, French toast, and pancakes! He reported that everything was well done and the Lilikoi juice (a blend of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices) was “awesome”.
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The Kona Café rarely disappoints with quality or quantity of food. If you’re looking for a restaurant that has a little world flavor but still has a crowd-pleasing menu, this is it!
Food: Always well done. Don’t be afraid to ask for cheese in your scrambled eggs if you like it. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Lilikoi juice!
Atmosphere: It can get noisy at times since the restaurant is in an open-air part of the hotel, but the space is comfortable and cozy.
Service: Very attentive and willing to handle virtually any request.
Tips: Make sure you’re not ordering with your eyes—some of the menu items are huge!