As you know, I’m a townie and don’t drive outside of my five-mile radius very often. I complained about driving over the Pali to get to an event for my other blog this week — never mind that it was to a party for Carvill & Co.’s new affiliation with Sotheby’s, which promised fab food and wine at President Barack Obama’s Kailua vacation home. It was a drive that had me get on the H-3. That’s a drive for me!
My friend Vicki Yu, who is a realtor with Carvill & Co., wanted to make the trek worth my while, so suggested we go to a place called The Food Company after the party. Now, if you live on the Windward side, you already know and love this place, which has been open for a couple of years. It started out as more of a market, where you could buy fresh produce and food items; there was a small area for table service if you wanted to dine on owner/chef Jason Kiyota’s creations. Since then, the market portion has gradually faded away and the space is now mostly a restaurant (with a few food cases for take-out) and Kiyota’s one-man operation has expanded to include kitchen and wait staff.
The place is super casual, so you can walk in with shorts and slippas … in fact, most if not all of the patrons are dressed this way. But make no mistake, this is elevated dining. Kiyota is blogger Ed Morita’s classmate from KCC’s culinary program, and he makes brilliant dishes. We were pretty bummed out that our friends bailed on us for dinner, since you want more mouths at the table to be able to sample more things. Nonetheless, here’s what we had, and I’m looking forward to driving all the way back out there for more.