Cafe Kaila: Food Like Tutu Used To Make, And More

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - December 05, 2007
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The Cafe Kaila team: owner Chrissie Castillo, Chef John Service and servers Gina Restani and Gino Gosiaco. Photo courtesy of Cafe Kaila.

Chrissie Castillo loves to eat breakfast any time of day, and she has a passion for cooking - which led her to open Cafe Kaila where breakfast is always on the menu.

Located in the former Blockbuster store on the Fun Factory side of Market City Shopping Center, the new restaurant also serves lunch and baked goods.

“For breakfast, people really like the frittata,” said Castillo, whose middle name is Kaila.“It’s like a baked omelette; it’s light and fluffy.”

She said customers also enjoy the breakfast wrap, which has scrambled egg, breakfast meat, mushrooms, spinach, onions, potato and Cheddar cheese in a tortilla.

For lunch, they’ve been ordering her roasted pesto chicken, chicken Parmesan and grilled salmon salad.


The cafe opened its doors Oct. 8 with the help of one cook and four servers. Pitching in whenever and wherever needed are Castillo’s parents, Al and Sharlene. Her two brothers can be counted on to be on the master taste-testing team.

“The cafe has all my favorite foods and everything I know how to make,” added Castillo, a Punahou graduate who grew up in Hawaii Kai. She recalls eagerly volunteering to help her grandmother make marble cake.

“She let me mix it, and then I’d get to lick the bowl.”

Sweets at Cafe Kaila include cheesecake, brownies, chocolate indulgence cake, chocolate fondue pot, s’mores and La Gelateria Gelato and Sorbet.

“I want the plates to come out right and look good,” she explained. “I put my whole heart and soul into this.”

Cafe Kaila is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 732-3330.

 

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