Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House.... For Lunch

April 24th, 2014
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No bring one knife to a gun fight.

Das da case of dis review. As da name implies, they serve (focus) on breakfast food and I made a classic WWD! mistake of ordering....... lunch.





Combo Plate consisting of Meat Juhn & BBQ chicken with home fried potatoes and mac salad

Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:





So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Three Shakas and a Bumbye



Typical no flash, sit your okole down, grind your grindz and pau. Da décor is not a let's take it easy and talk story and for wat it's worth, you won't feel like staying long anyways. It is busy in da morning - as expected - so wen we walked in during lunch time, it was fairly quick to order, grab a table and wait for our food.



KANACK VALUE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



Da prices are a bit on da high side for wat they offer but again, dis review is about their lunch, not breakfast, but dat nevah mattah cause personally I nevah care for da grinds dat I had to ingest. I should have taken da hint to order breakfast food at a breakfast place but I wasn't feeling like breakfast so I opted for a plate lunch. Big mistake.

Da chicken was ok - only one piece too, WWD!. Da meat juhn was edible. Da mac salad was "watery" (prefer da "thicker" kine) but I was especially disappointed in da home fries. Now das a breakfast type food no? I love potato kine foods but felt like I was eating.... starch. It wasn't seasoned at all which by da way their meat juhn and chicken was bland as well. There was absolutely nothing special about da food and da plain ole paper plate it was served on proved it. btw, we had it to go and it was wrapped in foil.

I can't imagine their rent being exorbitant compared to places like Ala Moana or Pearl Ridge so to go as far as serving bland food on paper plates beats da heck out of me.



OVERALL


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah



To be fair, keep in mind dat dis is a LUNCH review and not a breakfast review as I've had their breakfast albeit was a few years ago and from wat I can remembah, it was a lot bettah than wat I had recently.

Bottom line, no order lunch stuff - or anything else for da mattah - at a breakfast joint. Stick to da stuff dat keeps them successful and your opu won't be disappointed.... but leave it to me to figgah dat out for Da WWD! Hui. :grin:








10 Responses to “Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House.... For Lunch”

  1. Annoddah Dave:

    BL: This place is ok for breakfast if you are desperate for pancakes and waffles and don't care for taste, cost, or ambiance. Isn't this place run by a Korean family? If so, you would think they know how to make juhn!


  2. Lowtone123:

    I only go there for the buttermilk pancakes, it's pretty good. Light and fluffy. I guess hard to screw up pancakes. Ev'ryting else is...meh.


  3. Kage:

    I only go there for their pancakes. Easier than having to make it myself.


  4. Ocean Lover:

    Hey BL.......you gotta go and review "Angry Korean Lady". Coming from a (joke) "Angry Korean Man" that would be one heck of a review!

    Da teenager went there a few months ago and said she makes the best Korean food and she's actually nice. Me........I sked fo go.


  5. M:

    Howzit BL!
    Ainokea fo pancake or waffo. I like da eggs or omelet with da rice and da potagee sausage.


  6. DIO:

    OL: I heard as long as you follow AKL's rules, she's okay. Otherwise...... :lol:


  7. kamaaina808:

    Not my kinda grindz, but I love your review, BL - especially the 'Two Shakas and a Go Figgah' :-)


  8. wafan:

    Never been there. I just make my own pancakes/waffles and b'fast meats. Cannot figure why I would want to pay more for what I can already make.

    But, I would agree, if you are going to a b'fast place . . . order b'fast!


  9. cojef:

    Been preparing breakfast since retirement in 1990. Roast imported green coffee beans ground fresh every morning served with sliced mango or papaya, banana and some kind of melon(honeydew or cantaloupe), plus La Brea French bread toasted and buttered heavily complimented by half an omelet and center cut bacon. Except when in Waikiki substitute Portegee sausage. Love breakfast eaten leisurely.


  10. sally:

    Poho da money! Better to go Original Pancake House. I've never been disappointed!