Keeping pace with Beipas’ Hawaiian food reviews, I was in Hawaii myself in Honolulu a few months ago and got a chance to sample the local fare for a very fair price.
It was our first day in Honolulu and my family wasn’t up for being too adventurous yet with what we ate so we decided on walking into the first place that offered up some traditional breakfast options. On the corner of Kuhio Ave and Kaiulani Ave, a few short blocks from our hotel, we bumped into Perry’s Smorgy Restaurants.. and I’ll admit this wouldn’t have been my first choice if it wasn’t for the group decision to eat ‘normal’ breakfast foods, but with the price of the AYCE breakfast being on point with us wanting the meal to be cheap, we ventured in.
Before we were seated we paid first which is common for buffet style places I suppose, and my first thought was that if the place totally bombed, we wouldn’t feel obliged to tip at the end of our meal. The restaurant was laid out very nicely in an open setting and the best part for me was the option to sit in an uncovered portion of the restaurant that let the diners take in the sun light and enjoy the reason why Hawaii is popular – the fantastic weather. The food itself was pretty regular buffet fare, with a hint of Chinese flavour strewn about which was a plus for my parents.
The few stand out items was the Chicken Pot Pie, which had probably the most juicy chicken I’ve had in a buffet tray. I had this over a little bit of rice and chopped green onions on top which was my own way of adding a little zing to the dish. Another item that was worth a small line to wait for was the smoked ham. The ham was sweet, tender, and was so juicy it could pass for protein rich slice of pork flavoured fruit. The best part of this restaurant, maybe not so much the restaurant but an option that the island offers to any restaurant that wants to serve it, was the fruit. Oh My Lawwwd, the fruit was awesome.
I’m already a fan of Pineapples and Papayas as it is, but the ones you typically buy in a market over on the mainland (Seattle/Vancouver/who-cares) is typically sweet-ish and in the Papaya’s case, with a tinge of bitterness that I’ve grown accustom to. This however, was not the same fruit in my opinion. The flavour it was so sweet and refreshing that I pretty much forgot about the rest of the items in the buffet and had 2 plates of anything that could be picked off of a tree. Weirdly enough, I did pair it with the French Toast for one of those plates and the French Toast held its own against the islands sexy-delicious fruits.
All in all, I’ll drop a 3.5/5 for this place because of the good dining area and selection of food. Others may rate this place a little lower, but comon’ people. For 7.95 per person which buys you an all-you-can-stuff-your-face ticket to Smorgy’s is not bad at all.
Perry’s Smorgy Restraurants
2380 Kuhio Avenue