Lunch Break: Food, price are right at New Wave
By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer
|Hazel Rilles (right) and Rosie Nimz are ready for customers at New Wave on Halekauwila Street.
Jeff Widener The Honolulu Advertiser
And the line actually moves.
It happens a lot at New Wave Kitchen, 568 Halekauwila St.
From 11:30 a.m. to noon the big rush time every weekday, regulars and hungry downtown prowlers patiently wait in line for the restaurant's ono-kine specialties.
The charm of New Wave, only 2 years old, is in its a la carte menu, which features about 60 items daily. It serves everything from local-style saimin ($3.95) to chicken katsu plate ($4.50) to miso-based eggplant ($1.35 a scoop).
Popular dishes include the garlic chicken ($1.70 for three pieces) and garlic potato salad (85 cents a scoop), made with baked potato chunks.
We could see why the garlic potatoes are so popular. Addictive and oh-so-worth the walk.
Another popular dish that we enjoyed, though were hesitant about because of its name, was the seafood dynamite ($1.60 a slice). A fish casserole of sorts, it has become a hit with the regulars with its combination of ahi, ogo, salmon, tomatoes and onions.
For veggie heads, New Wave also has a modest salad bar. Large plates are $4.95,minis $2.95.
Some advice: If you're in a hurry, a la carte is faster than ordering a plate lunch.
Our favorite part was the cost. What a bargain: For a plate of chow fun, eggplant with pork and miso and a slice of seafood dynamite, the bill totalled $4.11. That's what we call a complete meal.
Hours: 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m. weekdays. Catering available. 540-1010.