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Don’t call The Street Food Hall in Waikiki a food court. Instead of chain restaurants, it spotlights 10 chef-driven stations showcasing international street food specialties and fresh Hawaii ingredients.
Located on the ground floor of Waikiki’s International Market Place, the 6,900-square-foot dining venue is curated by Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina, and it features indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Here are five of our current favorite dishes at The Street. Since the stations are constantly evolving, these items may not always be on the menu. However, the epicurean gathering place promises a delicious selection of options for hungry clients, whenever they stop by.
Chermoula-Roasted Salmon Lafa at Little LafaLittle Lafa, chef Mina’s own contribution to The Street, honors memories and flavors from his Egyptian roots and recipes from his mother’s kitchen. Front and center are pocket sandwiches called lafas, made with Middle Eastern flatbread.
Our lafa of choice starts with roasted salmon and adds pickled vegetables, avocado yogurt, tangy tomatoes and peppers, a piquant vinaigrette and crispy shallots. Other lafas come with harissa-grilled chicken, beef meatballs or veggies.
Additionally, Little Lafa serves plates with the same ingredients, for guests who would rather not eat with their hands.
Elote at Mi Almita CantinaA collaboration between Mina and award-winning chef Hugo Ortega, Mi Almita Cantina touts authentic coastal Mexican fare with ingredients made in-house and meats cooked slowly.
Our pick, elote, replicates the luscious, charred corn on the cob that’s sold on the streets in Mexico. Served hot, it’s smothered in a chipotle-lime crema spread, a dash of cotija cheese and ancho pepper.
Elote makes a great snack or side dish for one of Mi Almita Cantina’s main courses, such as tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas. Better yet, guests can pair it with one of the station’s refreshing frozen margaritas.
North Shore-Style Garlic Shrimp at Prawn StarIf clients can’t drive to Oahu’s famous North Shore food trucks — known for succulent sauteed shrimp from adjacent aquaculture farms — then they should head directly to Prawn Star for a comparable tasty treat.
Its garlic shrimp adds pizzazz to the classic plate lunch, with spicy crustaceans accompanied by rice, potato salad, coleslaw and kimchi.
For folks who don’t like shrimp, Prawn Star also serves plate lunches with an entree of chicken katsu or kalbi-style ribs, partnered with the same sides. We recommend savoring it with a Hawaii brew from the Beer & Be Merry station.
Pineapple Aloha Bowl at Indie GirlHealth-conscious diners gravitate to this wellness bar, home of salads, smoothies and bowls aplenty.
Our No. 1 menu item here is the pineapple aloha bowl, which loads half of a Maui Gold pineapple with shredded coconut, acai, granola, Hawaiian honey, strawberries and blueberries. Superfood never tasted so super.
Indie Girl’s toasts are winners as well; try one with peanut butter, hemp seed granola, blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, honey and mint. The vegan loco moco takes wholesome liberties with Hawaii’s traditional — but less-nutritious — local favorite, while fresh juices and kombucha keep clients up to snuff.
Tokyo Shoyu Ramen at The Ramen BarFollow the sounds of happy slurping to this station, where Mina and acclaimed chef Ken Tominaga put their own spin on the time-honored Japanese noodle soup.
Their Tokyo shoyu ramen is chock-full of braised pork, seaweeds, a soft-boiled egg, green onions, bamboo shoots and fish cakes. Clients can opt for two other types of ramens or dig into a bounteous bowl featuring grilled salmon, Japanese beef curry or deep-fried chicken.
Add a bun stuffed with either pork or chicken for a satisfying end to this dine-around-the-world experience in Waikiki.
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