we saw this new italian restaurant called banana leaf pasta cafe at mccully shopping center, and the menu sounded pretty good, so we tried it out.
the restaurant has a nice casual modern decor. they play concert dvd’s in the background. andrea bocelli and sting were on when we went there. cameron said he used to think sting the singer and sting the wrestler were the same person. anyway, it’s very nice.
so we got the calamari as an appetizer, plus they give everyone tasty bread:
good bread is always a good sign. it was nice and hot when we got it. the calamari had a small salad too, which was nice.
cameron got the spaghetti and meatballs, and i got the chicken pasta:
both were really good! we both really liked their tomato sauce. the vegetables were also good, and the chicken had a nice texture and flavor – maybe they fried it first? cameron is like mr. meatball, and he really liked the ones here. there was like a strong cheese taste or something that i didn’t like as much, but that’s just me.
anyway, we went there again the other day and got the $15 special – soup or salad, choice of main dish, and ice cream for dessert. we both got it, so we had the minestrone and cream of tomato soups, vegetable lasagna and chicken alfredo, and vanilla ice cream. all really good! especially the two soups. i’m a big soup person, and i thought both were great. lots of summery veggies in the minestrone with a nice light soup and nice creamy balance of flavors in the cream of tomato. the vegetable lasagna was kind of like a more dainty lasagna – usually lasagna is like super rich and cheesy and cut from a big casserole of lasagna. this one was individually made, didn’t have much cheese, the tomato sauce was not thick like it sometimes is, and the flavors weren’t so in your face – different than how i expected, but still very good. cameron liked the chicken alfredo a lot, esp the chicken (like the chicken i had the other time) and the strong garlic flavor in the sauce. and the dessert was good too – some ice cream with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
so we’ll definitely be eating here again. nothing has disappointed so far! also, they have a bistro restaurant at market city shopping center, so next time we’ll have to try that out. YUM.
banana leaf pasta cafe
1960 kapiolani blvd. #103
honolulu, hi 96813