Wednesday, January 19, 2011

When the Work is Done: Pau Hana!

This week's date night was a double-date plus one. We met up with The Ja(y)sons and Craig to check out a new Hawaiian hot-spot on the North end of Capitol Hill: Pau Hana.

Literally translated as 'finished work', Pau Hana is the Hawaiian version of Happy Hour - when the work is done, and you can go out and enjoy your evening with friends and family, food and drink. So what bettah name fo' a Hawaiian kine bar/restaurant?

We kicked things off with some cocktails - Plantation & Hawaiian Iced Teas, Lava Flows, Mango Margaritas, and of course, Mai Tais (just $5!)

Then we dug deep into the delicious menu of pupus and ono grindz. Dan & I started with an Ahi Poke that was bright and flavorful, and paired with some crispy wontons and baby bok choy.

And we devoured (with a little help) a HUGE helping of Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, that was so good and so tender, and paired with plenty of steamed rice and spinach.

After explaining what musubi is, we sold Jason, Jayson and Craig to get a couple orders of Spam Musubi, which was a big hit. For the uninitiated, it's like salty-sweet Spam sushi, and makes a perfect snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Although I didn't taste it, the Crispy Tuna Belly over noodles looked amazing.

And once I get down to my goal weight, Pau Hana's Kalua Pig Quesadilla with be on my short list of first things to indulge in.

The bartender was really friendly and took great care of us, including calling his partner to bring in more Li Hing Mui powder, so he could offer us their Li Hing Mui Margarita. I couldn't resist, and was surprised by my first margarita with Li Hing Mui in the drink itself - not just on the rim. And it was great!

Pau Hana has that feeling of Aloha - the warm welcome when you arrive, the friendly conversation and great service, and delicious food and drinks. You really feel transported to the islands, and it's a perfect spot to meet up with friends for happy hour. Plus, the brunch menu looks AMAZING.

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