UPSCALE BRUNCH

My next brunch adventure is just steps away from my last one at the International Market Place. And like the last one, the Herringbone Waikiki Brunch is a rather bougie take on the mid-morning meal.

BRUNCH VIBES

If you’ve never been to Herringbone Waikiki before, you’ll find it on the top floor of the International Market Place in a space they call the Grand Lanai. It’s across from Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 and is an airy space much like that of the former Yauatcha. By the way, both chains are owned by the Hakkasan Group, which is why you’ll notice some similarities.

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Brunch time at the restaurant (Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm) is always a lively affair. There’s no live entertainment here, but you’ll often find family gatherings, bridal showers, birthday celebrations, couples, and more here. It’s a VERY popular spot thanks to their Flowing Rose ($25) and Flowing Tropical Mimosa ($25), as well as their occasional Haku lei classes. Service, by the way, is generally well-intentioned but is often a bit slow. So this isn’t a good breakfast spot if you’re on any kind of a timeframe.

MENU & FOOD

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The Menu

Much like brunch at the Hideout Waikiki, the menu at Herringbone is a smattering of fan favorites and morning specialties. So, on the menu, you’ll find items like the Buffalo Octopus and their giant raw boats mixed in with eggs benedict and pancakes. 

To start, my wife ordered the Umbrella Not Included mocktail ($9), which combines orgeat, guava, pineapple, ginger ale, lime. It’s an interesting combo, but she liked it. Me? I got a straight-up lilikoi juice. I would’ve gotten the Lilikoi Mojito, but I don’t care for Koloa rum and only realized later that they have Ko Hana rum too. Oh well.

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Lilikoi Juice and "Umbrella Not Included" mocktail ($9)

Not wanting to break the bank, we skipped on the delicious-sounding Yellowtail Crudo ($23) as a shared app and got an order of Furikake Fries ($15) instead. In hindsight, it isn’t much cheaper, but this heap of perfectly cooked fries is doused in scallions, tobiko and rooster sauce, making for a delicious, if artery-clogging, combo.

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Furikake Fries ($15)

For her main, my wife decided to give the Herringbone Eggs Benedict ($28) a try. This behemoth takes two split and toasted King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls and piles them high with bacon, king crab, uni, and caviar. Then, the whole thing is drizzled with hollandaise sauce, further amping up the richness. Thankfully, there’s some sauteed spinach and a sprinkling of green onion on there to help counter all that cholesterol-busting goodness. And, yeah, you’ll definitely want to kanak after eating this. Ask me how I know.

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Herringbone Eggs Benedict ($28)

For my main, I went with their other brunch signature, the Mochi Pancakes ($21). Yes, $21 is a lot for pancakes, but this stack of three pancakes are HUGE. Plus, being like butter mochi, these things are really dense too. In fact, our server says he’s never seen anyone finish it and offered to pay if I could. Yeah, no. I finished a third of it before calling it quits. By the way, the pancakes come with a side of lilikoi butter, tree sap (lilikoi syrup), and seasonal fruit. All of these things add a lot of flavor and introduce a pleasant, tart, fruitiness to the dish. I love it.

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Mochi Pancakes ($21)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Again, like brunch at the Hideout Waikiki, brunch her will set you back at least around $100 for two. The significant deciding factor here is how crazy you get with your small plates and how big you go with your drinks. After all, we were one of the few tables that didn’t order the bottomless rose or mimosa. But, I would go back for the mochi pancakes, cuz they’re damn good! I’d also go back for the fries, though I think I’d try to get them during Oyster Hour because they’re cheaper then.

Herringbone Waikiki
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Ph: 808-797-2535
www.herringboneeats.com