Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lanai~Blue Ginger Cafe

On our first day out and about in Lanai, Lauren and I ate at the Blue Ginger Cafe. It came highly recommended, and we were excited to go there. I had been there when I was really young, but couldn't remember anything about it.

Here's a picture of the front counter. It's a cozy little restaurant, with lots of food. It is pricey, but that's to be expected in an outer-island. A plate of chicken katsu is $10, and they don't give a lot. Lauren and I settled on fried saimin and calamari.
The fried saimin was $4. I thought it was tasty, but heavy on the sesame oil. The portion was pretty small. In flavor, Zippy's is comparable and maybe a little bit better. As much as I'm complaining about the high prices in Lanai, it probably cost the same at Zippy's.
The calamari was also $4. There were only 8 rings. That's $.50 a ring. Plus, they weren't that good. Crunchy and freshly fried, but just not that good. At least it came with lettuce!
Blue Ginger was disappointing, but maybe we should have tried a burger or a plate lunch. I guess it's also tough for them because I'm comparing them to Oahu restaurants that can afford to give far more food for the same price.


How much would I pay?

Mike: Fried Saimin - $3, Calamari - $2.50
Lauren: Fried Saimin - $4, Calamari - $4, but only because it was on Lanai. $3.50 for the saimin and $3 for the calamari if it was on Oahu

Blue Ginger Cafe
409 7th St,
Lanai City, Lanai, HI 96763
808-565-6363

3 comments:

Lori said...

Sorry to hear it was disappointing. It was ages ago, but the last time I was there I had the roast pork which was very tasty and soft. This was something like 10 years ago though.

genkitummy said...

lori-the food was not bad. i personally like zippy's. mike doesn't like it, so i think that's why he didn't care for it.
i should have asked for suggestions on what to order. i'm sure mike would have liked the roast pork.

Mike said...

Roast pork sounds yummy!