M&M eats: Monkeypod Kitchen

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Happy new year, people! Nonstop’s M&M opens the year with a girls’ night far from our usual townie haunts, out in Leeward Oahu for a look at Peter Merriman’s new Ko Olina spot.

The place was buzzing on a recent Friday, weeks after its late December soft opening and just before the Feb. 1 grand opening. True to Merriman’s formula at his six other restaurants and partnerships, the locale is geared toward visitors as well as locals. Think tiki torches, lava rock columns and a beautiful monkeypod staircase, all within a stone’s throw of the Ihilani resort.

But the food! Worth the drive? Worth the buzz? Sit back and find out.

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
Ko Olina Station
92-1046 Olani St.
808-380-4086
www.monkeypodkitchen.com

29 comments
bettydalycity
bettydalycity

Mari, like the drinks they serve there.  Heard of SushiSan 1411 Kapiolani Blvd.  Since I living in San Francisco but heading later to Hawaii.  1.00 sushis sound like good deal there.

EurekaGal
EurekaGal

Now I want a gluten-free Merriman's samin... :(

bettydalycity
bettydalycity

Melissa, planing to visit Maui and cousins who own a grocery store in Wailuku.  Not sure there good Chinese restaurants there.  Guess Honolulu.  CNY soon any big feast?

cai_mommy
cai_mommy

Fun! Good thing we live on the westside... going to give Happy Hour a try soon. Kid friendly?

Soos808
Soos808

Too funny. Bet I'd like the Ocean Breeze. Ted will say that's not saimin, but I'd probably like it better than his favorite. Maybe we could share...

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

So exactly how drunk was Mari? LOL

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

EO & Delicate Blossom:  What a gas!  So after a "long ass drive" (LOL..yeah my ass would be too) and lot of cocktails, just to  see EO eating and enjoying "Saimin" is quite a treat.  Especially, since we know her disdain for saimin as a fuud!  I busted a gut when she said "Saimin, Saimin, Saimin..." .  How many cocktails did she have?  Been to Merriman's and the background noise is very familiar, like eating in a train station or Roy's.  Thanks, for the fun post, but, I pass on this place even if I like "Saimin".  Who in their right mind eats saimin with broccoli?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @bettydalycity I think the quality has gone downhill but if you want cheap, that's pretty good!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @bettydalycity will you come through Honolulu? I believe there is ONE Chinese restaurant on Maui, it's across the Old Lahaina Luau. We always talk about this and wonder why no one has thought to open one on Maui. Weird, huh?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @cai_mommy kind of! They didn't have a kids' menu (that I could see) but my recommendation is to take yours upstairs. More quiet and removed from other adults!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Soos808 haha now that I think about it, it's kind of not a purist saimin.

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @Soos808 idk if ocean breeze is strong enough for u, but it was so citrusy-good i had 2! we also tried kula cougar (not that cougarrific), hoopono potion, something elixir and whatever else melissa ordered

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @MyongChoi I wish you could see the outtakes so you'd know!! hahahaha I believe she'd had 2 or 3 drinks to my one, which I nursed. Because, you know, I do everything in moderation. Bwahahahahaha

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave i liked the broccoli! and the roasted peanuts. it was a fun saimin, and i never thot i'd put those two words together

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @Annoddah_Dave Well, there's more to it than the saimin. I felt the food was special, not like some (similar) places even in town! And they use as much local products as possible, which we really liked.  As for the broccoli......a lot got cut out of the commentary, but I thought it was interesting that the broth & noodles were on the salty side, whereas the vegetables were sweet. It was an interesting contrast. 

EurekaGal
EurekaGal

 @Melissa808  I wish, I wish. I think wheat flour gluten is what makes saimin noodles so nice and chewy. :(

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @Melissa808  @MyongChoi diane and i got there an hour before melissa, during which time we acquainted ourselves w/ the cocktail menu. did i say i recommend the ocean breeze?

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

 @nonstopmari  @MyongChoi you always use "flunk calculus" as if that's the measure of being a dummy. Hellerrrrrrr I flunked Algebra 3! 

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @MyongChoi stop w/ all the % volume engineering talk, i nearly flunked calculus. i don't do drinking contests!! i merely enjoy. but yes, let's all enjoy!

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @nonstopmari See, you were so buzzed that you don't even remember the conversation! LOL I'm willing to go by % volume if weight is an issue. Let's all go out drinking! Hahaha....

 

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

 @MyongChoi u weigh twice as much as i do. there was a question of strongest drinker??

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Melissa808  @nonstopmari I think that answers the question of who Nonstop's strongest drinker is. If Mari is getting tipsy from 2 glasses of a drink with a frou-frou name like Ocean Breeze, I have my doubts she can hold her own. ^_^ LOL

 

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