A delightful Cantonese cuisine experience at Honolulu Cafe

honolulu cafe in greenbelt 5. photo by joel nigos.

Honolulu Cafe, a beloved culinary institution hailing from Hong Kong, continues to delight guests with a menu of sumptuous Cantonese cuisine in a casual dining experience. While staying true to its roots, Honolulu Cafe adds a unique twist to its offerings, delivering stronger and more pronounced flavors. 

The first Honolulu location opened in the Philippines in 2019. Despite the challenges faced, the cafe has managed to establish itself as a popular dining destination, thanks in large part to its signature dishes, including the awesome egg tart, beef curry in a casserole, bo lo bun, and roasted soy chicken.

bo lo bun. photo by Kenneth m. del rosario.

Honolulu Cafe provides a casual dining experience where guests can relax and savor their meals. A standout feature is the ability to adjust the spice level according to individual preferences. Simply inform the friendly staff when placing an order, and they will accommodate your request, allowing you to tailor the flavors to your liking.

At the helm of Honolulu Cafe’s Philippine venture is Chef Jerry Kho, the company’s executive chef, who brings his expertise and passion from Malaysia to create a unique and unforgettable dining experience. His culinary expertise allows him to infuse their menu with a distinct fusion of Cantonese and Malaysian influences, resulting in a captivating blend of tastes.

beef curry in a casserole. PHOTO BY KENNETH M. DEL ROSARIO.

For those seeking heartwarming flavors, the beef curry in a casserole is a standout dish, with tender chunks of beef and a fragrant and aromatic curry sauce, resulting in a dish that delights the palate. The slow-cooked beef melts in your mouth, while the curry sauce delights with its rich and complex flavors. 

There’s also the roasted soy chicken. The preparation for the dish starts with the chicken marinated in a flavorful blend of soy sauce, ginger, and aromatic spices, then roasted to perfection. 

Honolulu Cafe’s bo lo bun is also a wonderful treat. These soft, fluffy buns with a crumbly, buttery top and pork in the middle (think of toasted siopao) are a delightful combination of textures. 

egg tart. PHOTO BY KENNETH M. DEL ROSARIO.

No visit to Honolulu Cafe would be complete without indulging in their renowned egg tart. With its buttery and flaky pastry crust enveloping a luscious egg custard filling, the egg tart has become a favorite at Honolulu Cafe. This is perfect to pair with a cup of hot coffee for a light afternoon snack.

Honolulu Cafe promises an exquisite dining experience. Chef Jerry’s dedication to culinary excellence and his fusion of Cantonese and Malaysian influences create a unique and unforgettable menu. Visit any of their three branches in Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Place Manila, or SM Aura Premiere for a hearty meal that exceeds expectations.

roasted soy chicken. PHOTO BY KENNETH M. DEL ROSARIO.
cold drinks. PHOTO BY KENNETH M. DEL ROSARIO.
Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.