I’m always looking for great breakfast spots.
And it didn’t take much convincing on the part of my pal, Melissa Chang (@melissa808), to get me to meet her at 7 a.m. on Wednesday for some ricotta pancakes and roast beef hash at a new breakfast spot on Kapahulu Avenue.
It’s called Tucker & Bevvy (Aussie slang for “food and drinks”) and it’s located in the space vacated by an okonomiyaki shop on the second floor of the Hee Hing Plaza.
Actually, its first location in the Park Shore Waikiki Hotel opened last year, offering ready-to-go picnic food such as turkey cranberry sammies, smoked ‘ahi wraps and veggie stack panini with eggplant and sweet potatoes.
This second location, which opened today, offers fresh and hot breakfast items, from Italian baked eggs to croque madame.
Owners Tony and Cecily Ho Sargent spent the last 17 years running three food businesses in a beachy suburb of Sydney, Australia before moving here. (Cecily is from Hawai‘i and an alum of Punahou School.) So they know what they’re doing — and it shows.
Here’s what the first day of operation looked like and, of course, what we ate:
I dined with fellow — and hapa! — bloggers Lena Strong-Morris and Sean Morris. It’s always great eating with foodies because 1) they order everything and 2) they don’t get mad when you want to take photos of their food.
We ordered the Lean Green ($7.65) with kale, cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon and ginger; and the C Holiday ($7.65, with pineapple and orange juices with some mint. It’s a bit pricey, but the quality of the drink is worth it.
The restaurant makes a few house-made breads including this cornbread, which comes buttered and grilled. (I asked for extra butter.) It’s not sweet, more of a traditional cornbread, and it was a great way to start the meal.
One of the standout dishes was this chicken fried rice ($9.50). The chicken is seasoned with garlic and pepper and the rice is tossed with a variety of ingredients including carrots, onions and scallions. It comes topped with two eggs, any way. I seriously couldn’t stop eating this — and it wasn’t even my order!
We also tried the roast beef hash ($14.50) made with small chunks of prime rib roast and paired with roasted fingerling potatoes and red onions with two eggs. The saltiness of the beef went well with the potatoes and eggs. A very hearty breakfast, for sure!
I was very fond of this omelet with roasted veggies ($10.50), including eggplant, peppers, sweet potato and zucchini. I loved the house-made pesto and melted mozzarella cheese on the top. It really added something special to this omelet.
Another favorite of mine was this mushroom rosti ($12.50). I loved the combination of the salty and crispy potato cake (hash browns) with mushrooms and wilted spinach tossed in balsamic vinegar and topped with two eggs.
The most intriguing dish on the menu was this Tim Tam waffle ($9.50) topped with vanilla ice cream and syrup. The waffles are beer-battered and super light. And, of course, there’s the Tim Tams, those super popular cookies from Australia that I can’t get enough of. And now they’re in a waffle? Oh, I’m so coming back!
Tucker & Bevvy (breakfast), 449 Kapahulu Ave. Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 732-0050.