Brunch in Kailua, the nexus of the island’s brunch-iverse, is about to get even better. Over Easy, a new restaurant focusing on fresh local fare by a pair of Alan Wong alums, opens today on Kuulei Road by McDonald’s.
Chef-owner Nik Lobendahn has a strong culinary pedigree. He’s cooked at Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room and Michelin-starred Ame in San Francisco and was most recently executive chef at Kapolei Golf Course. Jennifer, his wife, also worked in Alan Wong’s kitchen for a while. Their vision was always to open a brunch spot with sweet and savory dishes. Fast forward to now and with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, they’re open for business.
We tagged along with our friends at Honolulu Magazine for a sneak peek.
The brunch bowl, a tasty dish of avocado, soft poached eggs, house-made yogurt and tomato jam, comes with a beautifully baked sourdough bread. Years ago Jennifer brought back a sourdough starter from San Francisco and has been feeding it ever since.
The custard French toast ($13, half-order $8) was outstanding. Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal mixed into the batter gives it a nostalgic sweetness that doesn’t need syrup, although there’s pure maple syrup on the side.
In suburban Kailua there’s pretty much always parking nearby. For Over Easy, park either along Kuulei Road or in the municipal lot behind McDonald’s.
Today through Friday, the restaurant is open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Starting Saturday, July 16, it will open daily except Mondays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With only 42 seats, they can’t take reservations, so if you’re going plan on the early side. My prediction is that this will be the hottest brunch spot in Kailua very soon.
418 Kuulei Road
Tues-Sun 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.