Personally, I’ve never been a scone girl but after trying 9bar Hnl’s scones, I have been converted. When you make your way over to the register, the most appetizing beauty will be revealed to you: the pastry case. My eyes locked with the matcha one instantly because of its gorgeous green color and the texture from the white chocolate chips and I knew I had to get it. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets but at a certain point, some things are too sweet to enjoy. I was nervous when I first tried it expecting the scone to be overpoweringly sweet but it was perfect. When I say perfect, I mean like once I bit into it, I ascended into scone heaven! The matcha was a perfect balance of sweet and rich which is what real Japanese matcha should taste like and the white chocolate chips added a touch of creaminess. Pro tip: Ask for it warmed up to get that buttery and crumbly texture! 

Their Okinawan Sweet Potato Mochi gets an honorable mention award and if you are a fan of butter mochi and that type of texture, you’ll love this!

Left: Banana chocolate chip scone, Matcha white chocolate scone | Right: Okinawan sweet potato mochi

Aside from their finger-licking good scones, they offer a delicious variety of coffee and other drinks. If you’re wondering what the 9 bar in the coffee shop’s name is, it describes the perfect shot of espresso and how it’s made. To create the perfect shot of espresso, it has to be pulled with 9-bars of pressure which is the practice that 9bar Hnl conducts in order to provide quality coffee. As a lactose intolerant person, I am always on the search for coffee shops that provide oat milk which has the closest resemblance to real milk. So dairy-free coffee lovers rejoice! 9barhnl provides dairy-free options so we can enjoy their coffee too. While coffee is their specialty, they also offer other unique drinks like Li Hing Soda and Chocolate milk with toasted marshmallows for the kiddos!

9bar HNL
Iced mocha & iced vanilla latte with oat milk

If you are hungry for more than a pastry, 9bar Hnl offers food too! Their Cali Bowl is my personal favorite and it comes with bacon, potato, eggs,  housemade guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and other delicious ingredients. Packed with delectable flavors, this dish will give you the energy you need wherever you are in your day!

9bar HNL
Food: Burrito & Cali bowl Drink: Yuzu Matcha Soda & Chai with oat milk

Next time you visit SALT At Our Kaka’ako or are around that area, make sure to give 9bar Hnl a try and let us know how you liked it! 

Salt at Our Kaka’ako
679 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: 808-369-2299