First look_ vegan hills – biting commentary – march 2017 – honolulu, hi

Food-friendly Wai‘alae Avenue this month welcomed a new eatery with an eclectic approach to vegan dining that can appeal even to omnivores.

One standout: Coco Cove ($17): a big, steaming bowl of fragrant, spicy, Singapore-style coconut soup full of rice noodles, kale, bok choy and deep-fried tofu. Best homemade cinnamon rolls without yeast It comes topped with two patties of baked organic oyster mushrooms with a tempura texture, which the server says play the role of vegan chicken. Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing The spicy broth includes kaffir lime and makes it easy to crave this dish on a rainy day or when you feel a cold coming on.

A bowl of tomato bisque also proved comforting, warm and bursting with fresh tomato flavor.


While the vegetarian at my table wished for more than six pieces of deep-fried tofu in the Coco Cove dish, we understand that a restrained approach is part of the restaurant’s philosophy. Cinnamon swirl bundt cake recipe Owner Megumi Odin says the focus is on fresh, delicious, healthy, natural, non-GMO foods, with an emphasis on organic and local ingredients. Cinnamon roll pound cake recipe By not serving animal-based foods, the restaurant aims to promote kindness, compassion and a Zen minimalist approach.

“Why Not Chos” ($14) is a platter of organic corn chips topped with a scattering of black beans, fresh tomatoes and jalapeno slices, a creamy cashew sauce in place of cheese, avocado, cilantro and a house-made tofu-lime substitute for sour cream, which was a standout. Cinnamon roll bundt cake recipe This nacholike dish is great to share with a group as a first course.

The restaurant decor echoes the minimalist approach to food: white walls, concrete floors, white plates and bowls, with spare tables of white with white-washed wood accents.

On March 6, the restaurant began serving breakfast and lunch daily with a mix of bowls and bread-based dishes as well as soup, salad and baked sweets. Quick cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch The previous week, the staff held a soft opening with friends, family and news media as guests.

Chef Odin was the founder and original owner of Peace Cafe on King Street, which she sold in 2013. Cinnamon rolls cinnabon copycat recipe Vegan Hills also offers vegan twists on local favorites including Crazy for Avo, a tofu-avocado version of a poke bowl ($15).

A rainbow Cobb salad ($17) comes full of tomatoes, carrots, purple cabbage, zucchini, beets, sunflower seeds, tofu ricotta and chunks of spicy tempeh. Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting recipe Early bread choices include sandwiches and toast. Pillsbury cinnamon roll king cake recipe We tried an Avocado Tempeh Melt ($15) with grilled country bread, avocado, kale, tempeh bacon and vegan cheese, plus a side of country potatoes with rosemary. Cinnamon rolls recipe homemade It’s a good lunch choice as long as you like tempeh, since that’s the flavor that dominates. Cinnamon rolls recipe easy quick We’re told the breads are baked by Ba-Le.

Vegan Hills offers a fresh new option for vegan/vegetarian food with a higher price point that often comes with an organic and local focus. Cinnamon rolls made with yellow cake mix The variety and quality make it worthwhile.

Homemade desserts will be part of the mix, including cinnamon rolls, some days. Cinnamon roll dough recipe with yeast The day we were there, we sampled a chocolate cake that was a bit crumbly, paired with a creamy coconut topping and fresh berries.

The restaurant plans to remodel in a few months to redo the bathroom and expand the hours to dinner.

8 a.m. Cinnamon roll dough recipe no yeast to 3 p.m. Cinnamon roll dough recipe without eggs daily, 3585 Wai‘alae Ave., 735-3585, veganhills-hi.com

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Born and raised on O‘ahu, Food & Dining editor Catherine Toth Fox worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawai‘i for more than 10 years and has freelanced—in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight—for national and local print and online publications since 1997. Pillsbury cinnamon roll coffee cake recipe She earned her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1999, with a focus on magazine writing and publishing. Easy cinnamon buns recipe no yeast And she received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, graduating with distinction in 1996.

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