FUUD: Cafe Miro in Kaimuki

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It’s that restaurant I’ve always wanted to try — but never got around to it.

Until tonight.

We were going to check out J2, JJ’s Bistro’s new restaurant in Kaimuki, but the wait was too long and, frankly, we weren’t into the incense clouding the dining room.

So we stepped onto Waialae Avenue and looked around. Champa Thai — been there. Town — been there and loved it. And then I saw it, the red and gold sign that read “Cafe Miro.”

I pointed to it. “There,” I told my boyfriend. “That’s where we going.”

We looked at the menu posted outside. I won’t lie, the fact that it only offers prix-fixe options — a three-course ($38) and a four-course ($49) dinner — was a bit intimidating. But hey, we were here!

So here’s what we ate:

Outside Cafe Miro

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Cafe Miro has been around for 13 years, once in half the size. About six years ago, the restaurant expanded into the space next door vacated by 9th Avenue Bakery. This is the only restaurant Chef Shigeru Kobayashi — originally from Kumamoto, Japan and lived in Avignon, France — owns.

All photos shot with my iPhone 4

Cafe Miro, 3446 Waialae Ave. Hours: 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Phone: (808) 734-2737

18 comments
harrycovair
harrycovair

Mmmmm, fuud p0rn. I've been there a few times. My fave is still the Short Rib in a Merlot (or was is Marsala) Reduction. Simply ONO! Had it first as a Prix-Fixe item and when I returned went for the full portion.

You can look out of Miro and see Town and vice versa. So J2 has incense burning inside of the eating area. That might intefere with your dining experience. Thanks for the heads up.

russkar
russkar

Beautiful Review, we're heading over to MIRO soon.

Just went to J2 for lunch, awful small portions for the price , especially the Rack of Lamb=one bite, boo!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks. How was the wine list?? The plateau de frommage looks great...I'd go for that instead of the dessert.

bumper
bumper

I've been wondering about this place. Thanks for the review. Crossing my fingers that they'll be on Groupon so I can afford to check them out! :)

mjc_808
mjc_808

Great review Cat. Thx for the info. My sister went there a long time ago and I keep wanting to go there. Great price for good food. I've gotta get over there soon!

Eric
Eric

The food looks really, really good. I am surprised to see the empty tables.

turkfontaine
turkfontaine

what a find. haute loco moco. i knew it was too good to just stay in the plate lunch line up

M
M

Hello Cat!
Fuud pics Friday!
That's right in my neighborhood. I got to check it out.
It's a 4 day weekend for me! Going to the beach house!
Have a Great weedenk everyone!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

outstanding! this one has been under the radar for a long time; the only ppl i know who've eaten there are my friend's parents. must try now.

kelike
kelike

The Loco Moco was turn so chic with demi glace sauce is very nice indeed. I would like also if if they have it Coqu Vin.

matti2d
matti2d

wowwowwow!!! great pics and, it looks like, great food. such a reasonable price, too. def. on the must try list for next trip home.

808marv
808marv

Such a shame to have that good of a loco moco with a manini portion of rice. Gotta pick up that gravy ya know? ;-) I looked at the website and apparently you can dine at the bar, maybe I can do that one night per @melissa808 's advice lol. Lots of places in Kaimuki I still must try!

harrycovair
harrycovair

@Annoddah_Dave Their wine list isn't that bad. We bring our own though and pay the corkage fee. It does help that the buds are Wino's (make that Wine Afficionado's) but it doesn't help that there are more bottles of wine than there are people dining.

harrycovair
harrycovair

@bumper Actually the Prix-fixe is a great deal. A little of everything (read smaller portion) but it includes appetizer to dessert. The 4 item Prix-fixe included a Seafood item the few times I've order it (Scallops was a choice).

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@nonstopmari you never went??? OMG. I have, but have not been in super long time (for no good reason, just no time)

Vick
Vick

@808marv @melissa808 I think it come with bread or rolls with the meal so that much rice is not needed since it not takeout diner style place. It indeed fine dining in a local neighborhood

Cat
Cat

@808marv @melissa808 There was only two seats at the bar — and you have a great view of the kitchen! I love sitting at bars, actually. You don't usually have to wait for a table and you get a show with dinner! :)

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