Kaimuki’s Superette focuses on fresh, local ingredients


Lunchtime dishes are prepared and displayed behind the window counter.

Near the intersection of Wailae and 10th street is a quaint little café called Kaimuki Superette. Business officially opened last year in mid August, and it specializes in seasonal sandwiches and sundries.

The Superette is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a deep focus of providing fresh and local food to use in its dishes and meals.

Unfortunately the quality of the food reflects in the price and is a bit more expensive than I would have liked for example my meal set me back $14, not including the tip, and that was just a sandwich and drink. The meals combinations go for even more.

But besides the high prices, the food is good and the employees there at the time were kind and friendly.

Upon entering the establishment, I was greeted to the soothing sound of reggae and the calming breeze of the air conditioning.

The sky blue walls and bright wood make for a bright escape from the busy street outside with a really chill vibe. On the left is a window that displays the morning’s poke and other dishes. The right side is dedicated to seating, which there is plenty of, both at the window and tables in the middle.

On the door that leads to the back of the business is a sign that is from the Hawaii Lowline Cattle Co., which guarantees 100 percent grass-fed beef. I assume that this is practiced, and it feels good to be eating local healthy meats.

Since I was prepared to order breakfast, I was a little surprised to find that I was the first person at the beginning of the official lunchtime that starts at 11a.m. A bit flustered I scrambled to the nearest menu and asked the friendly employee which sandwiches are popular. He recommended the Sloppy Jose, which is braised Hawaiian Island beef, pickled red onion and sour cream on a potato bun, or the Shinsato Sausage sandwich that features Choi sum and Ricotta on Focaccia bread. I went with the Shinsato sausage sandwich.

The sausage was fresh and the bread had a nice crunch on the outside and yet gooey in the middle along with the ricotta cheese came together for a savory and good tasting brunch. Served along with the sandwich came a simple green salad with a light drizzling of vinaigrette this comes standard with each sandwich order. It was a great meal and I am excited to go back and explore the menu further.

Breakfast is served beginning at 7 a.m. The menu for that time features classics like an egg, bacon and cheddar sandwich or a healthier egg kale and brie sandwich. There is also a breakfast quesadilla and all three of these items cost $6 each. Other items include quiche, Chia Seed Pudding, croissants, scones, crumpets and coffee.

The lunch and breakfast menu include sandwiches and soups until closing, which is at 7 p.m. Along with the Shinsato Sausage and the Sloppy Jose, other options include a Downtown Ahi Clubhouse and a Sprouted Lentil Terrine. Prices on these items range from $8 to $12. Sides are assortments of vegetables that are subject to change daily depending on the season.

The Kaimuki Superette is a good place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle going on outside and enjoy a good cup of coffee and a quality meal as you go along with your day. It is a bit pricey, but worth the quality.