By Braddah Lance
Dis time I did it right - eat breakfast at a breakfast joint.
Having done a review about a year ago (Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House) and ordering lunch instead of breakfast, it was da least I could do to at least order wat made them a popular breakfast place.
Da Wife and Da Baby shared a Koa Omelette in which Da Baby nevah waits wen food is placed in front of him
Da Keiki had her go to pancake option: chocolate chips
I had da Eggs Benedict with breakfast potatoes
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.
So hea's da breakdown:
Two Shakas and a Go Figgah
Same as last time: 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 - but da tables were still "sticky" and we had to ask for it to be wiped with a rag dat I know wasn't in da most sanitary condition. There isn't a person to seat you and it's almost like you have to call dibs on seats cause you don't know if people standing around are waiting for their food, waiting to order or waiting for a table. Plus, there are people who'll stalk you for a table.
Three Shakas and Bumbye
Their prices are in line in today's market although I personally think any plate lunch - whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinnah - at $9+ is pricey.
Da Koa Omelette was stuffed pretty good with spinach, mushrooms and meat (portuguese sausage I think). Da Wife did enjoy her choice and Da Baby wasn't complaining either. Simple kine served with two scoops rice but worth da $9? Depends who you talk to and I would only agree if da omelette was biggah or it came with anoddah side.
Da chocolate chip pancakes, well, they are wat they are. At least da chocolate chips was spread out unlike da last breakfast place, pancake & waffles bld. It was also fluffy and light which made it easier to eat considering it's "bread". If you a fancy kine syrup person, bring your own cause they only get one flavah.
Da eggs benedict was surprisingly pretty good. Normally I reserve da benny for da kine fancier kine restaurants as I know they put a little more effort into da hollandaise sauce but aftah glancing at da menu and its prices, thought I might try something different. And yeah, da whole time I was telling myself I was going to regret going "different" but au contraire mon frere, it satisfied my taste buds. It also pleased me dat they weren't frugal with da sauce too as I was able to dip da bland breakfast potatoes in which was da saving grace. For $8.65, it seemed like a good balance of price to portion ratio.
I will say one thing for certain though, I was contemplating da steak and eggs too and totally glad I didn't. I saw it being delivered to two separate tables and talk about manini! You would be sorely disappointed should you be a meat lover.
Three Shakas and Bumbye
I said it in da review last year, stick with da breakfast stuff and you'll definitely fare bettah thus da one bump up from Two Shakas and a Go Figgah to Three Shakas and Bumbye. I still think it'll be a hit or miss with their menu but at least dis time around da choices we made were more on da hit side. Da food is palatable and nothing spectacular to rave about but it's diner kine food. It definitely is not a Kanack type of establishment as aftah I was pau with my plate, I ended up eating a couple more bites of da omelette and finishing off three full pancakes as well and still could have eaten anoddah plate...... but just remembah to order breakfast eh?