I was happy to hear that Ed Kenney, the chef of Town Restaurant, opened another restaurant on Waialae Avenue called the Kaimuki Superette. I also learned that the Superette catered more towards the lunch crowd, serving menu items similar to the ones they used to have at Ed Kenney’s old Downtown Restaurant at the HiSAM that closed down a few years ago. Downtown used to be one of my favorite places to go for lunch, so I was excited to try out this new restaurant.
When you first step into the restaurant, you can immediately feel the casual, retro vibe of the restaurant. In front of you, you see the register and the menu on the wall behind it, and to the right of you, there are two rows of tables and chairs, enough sit about 15-20 people. Playing nicely with the restaurant’s theme, Seasonal Sandwiches & Sundries, in addition to selling ready-made food to eat, the Superette also sold various sundry items, including fresh Shinsato Farms sausage ($7.85), MA‘O greens ($6 a bag), pickled root vegetables and watermelon rind kim chee ($.6.99). After you order and pay for your food at the register, they give you a number and a staff member brings the food to your table when it’s ready.
The lunch menu had a nice selection of sandwiches, salads, and side dishes. Some notable sandwiches were the Porchetta sandwich, the Ahi Clubhouse sandwich, and the Shinsato sausage sandwich. At first I wanted to order the Porchetta Sandwich, but all the sides were looking so good, that I decided to get the Side Sampler, which was a selection of 5 sides of my choice for $12. I decided to go with the Roasted Beet Salad with dandelion greens and goat Cheese, the Ho Farm Tomato salad with ricotta cheese, the Watermelon Salad with Jalepenos, chilantro, a lime-chili dressing, a Roasted Root Salad of Ma’o carrots, radish, and hakurei and the Quinoa Salad with long beans, kabocha pumpkin, tomatoes and okra.
Ev decided to order the South Shore He‘e (octopus) Roll with celery seed and tarragon on a buttered bun ($14). The sandwich came with a small side salad and two pieces of pickle. The octopus was delicately cooked and bread was nicely buttered and toasted perfectly.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable meal. My only complaint is the limited parking in the area. Aside from the three parking stalls next to the restaurant, the only parking in the area is street parking. While we were lucky enough this time to get one of the three stalls next to the restaurant, I’m sure there will be many more times where we won’t be as lucky. Other than that, I know I’ll be back soon. Maybe I’ll try the Porchetta Sandwich next!