Sunday, June 12, 2016

First bite at Johnny Kahuku's Hawaiian Shrimp House

Place: Spacious and comfortable. The lighting is warm, so are the colors. The decor is tough looking, with the wooden furnishings and steel-laden walls.

Food: Delicious and fresh!

We ordered the Scampi Set (Php 999, for 2-3 people). It came with the Kahuku Special Scampi, Asian Crispy Squid, Steamed Rice, and Tropical Iced Tea.

The Kahuku Special Scampi featured white shrimps, corn, and baby potatoes, all smothered with sweet garlic butter. All the ingredients were fresh and of high quality. The sauce was well balanced and satisfying. Its sweetness was not sugary but garlicky. Really good!

The Asian Crispy Squid had fried baby squid, chopped peanuts, and crispy dilis. All these ingredients were drizzled with a Caramel Tamarind Glaze. Delicious! Crunchy all around! The baby squid wasn't tough. The saltiness of the peanuts and dilis complemented the sweet sauce. Yummy!

The Tropical Iced Tea was too sweet and had hints of artificial fruit flavor.

We also ordered the Pork Belly Buster (Php 349): grilled pork belly flavored with a sweet garlic soy sauce. It came with a thick sweet-tangy dip. The pork pieces were juicy and tender. The charred flavor of the meat went well with the sweet sauce. The dip was good but this dish worked better with the spicy vinegar found on the dining table.

Price: Considering food quality, taste, and serving size, we found the fare here reasonably priced.

Service: The waiters were friendly and attentive. Waiting time was acceptable.

Johnny Kahuku's Hawaiian Shrimp House is at the New Eastwood Mall.

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