Ginza Kimuraya (closing in 4 days!), Satura Cakes & Wahoos

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In four days, this bakery will no longer be here. Ginza Kimuraya will be gone. Why? Because Whole Foods is coming. That’s so stupid. Here, read this article. Doesn’t that make you angry? There’s no good reason to kick out these perfectly fine (food) tenants because Whole Foods is coming. We don’t even need Whole Foods! We’ve got Down to Earth, Kokua Market, Umeke Market, and Lifestream…that’s more than enough! But whatevers :( The point of this blog isn’t to raise your blood pressure, but to make you happy :)

I’ll be the first to say that Ginza Kimuraya isn’t my favorite among bakeries on this island, but still, it was nice to have options. Past visits to Ginza Kimuraya involved the smallest French Toast I’ve encountered, and a trio of decent, but far from original pastries.

So while I was at Kahala Mall the other day, I figured I should stop by the bakery for one final visit…so sad, so final! For myself I had the half moon shaped pastry stuffed with ham, mustard and cheese. It was really good cause they put like a ton of mustard inside! A light crusty surface, melting cheese binding the ham to the buttery white innards and a rich smear of mustard. What made me laugh though, was just looking at the jalepeno and olive pressed onto the surface of the pastry. Every single one of these ‘turnovers’ had a single jalepeno and olive pressed in…even though those ingredients were not incorporated into the pastry in any other way! I didn’t have a taste of the pretzel bread which I saved for mom.

Here’s the Bacon Roll, a light, somewhat sweet, spongy bread with bacon and mayo rolled in. I liked it even better than the ham/cheese/mayo turnover. It was like eating a loaf of Ani’s Sweet Bread with savory fillings rolled in. Did you know that my favorite food used to be the Ham Roll at Saint Germain? My grandpa would take me after school to get one on the days I had a “junky” school lunch! Well this roll is similar to the Ham Roll, salty meat, lots of Japanese mayo and wrapped up in a yeasty pastry!

I also got a baguette for dad. It’s not as good as Saint Germain, they never seen to get the crust right…it’s like crisp, but still too soft, you know what I mean? But I felt sad that they were closing, so this was like the ‘final baguette’…

So sad.

But back to reality.

Let’s backtrack a bit!

Last week I had dinner at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos with a bunch of friends. Why were we at Wahoo’s? I don’t know. I didn’t pick it. The place was completely packed, and judging from the other times I’ve passed this restaurant, they are doing quite well. Figures. It’s a chain. And this island embraces CHAINS in magnitudes like no other states. Need examples? Try drive past the Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki, the CPK in Ala Moana and Kahala Mall. And before you know it, we’ll be taken over by Walgreens, Wal-Mart and stupid Whole Foods.

Here’s the #1 combo which comes with a choice of a taco or enchilada. I chose the enchilada with blackened fish (as stated on the menu: “marinated with our Cajun Blend of spices“), topped with their Spicy Green roasted pepper-cilantro sauce (the other option is a mild red sauce). The actual eating of the enchilada was not nearly as exciting as what the menu descriptions would have led you to believe. It was a decent enchilada by all matter, but it was so hopelessly unexciting that I wanted to chuck it out the window. The order is completed with a side of their ‘famous’ Ahee rice, and savory black beans or spicy Cajun white beans. I couldn’t decide which type beans I wanted, so I asked for half and half. Turns out the spicy white beans are much better, the black ones are kind of boring, reminding me of not so fond memories of college dining halls, while the white beans had a good bit of zest to them (though they were not at all spicy). Rice was dry, which is disappointing, cooking rice isn’t that hard…and if there’s one thing you should be able to do right, it should be cooking rice!

After dinner, we walked over to Satura Cakes at the other end of Ward. You can’t go wrong if you stick with the pastries and cakes in the display cases. But the madelines, financiers, and brownies displayed in the middle of the store are disgusting.

After enjoying the Kona Coffee Blancmange on my first visit, I thought I should try the Chocolate Tiramisu, which looks nearly the same. They named it wrong though. It should not be called Chocolate Tiramisu. It should be called a trifle. Or named ‘thin piece of chocolate cake with okay boring chocolate pudding on top’. But not tiramisu. Cause that’s just deceiving. The only fun part of this dessert were the cubes of coffee and chocolate gelatin on top. The coffee cubes and crisp and refreshing, which the chocolate ones are creamy, milky with the taste of pudding and texture of jello. The coffee gelatin also shows up in the Kona Coffee Blancmange, which is a bazillion times better.

P.S.

I just read over this post to check for grammar, spelling errors, and you know what I realized? I sound awfully unhappy and even mean in some parts! “…chuck it out the window…” I would never actually do that in real life…but it’s always interesting to wonder. Sorry. Today must have been one of my bad mood days.

Here’s a picture of my dog. I’ll be back in a better mood tomorrow! :)

Ginza Kimuraya

Kahala Mall

4211 Waialae Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

(808) 735-9600

Wahoo’s Fish Taco Hawaii

Ward Gateway Center

940 Auahi Street

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 591-1646

Satura Cakes

Ward Center

1200 Ala Moana Blvd.

Building 6, Suite 601

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 537-1206

15 Comments
  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 30, -0001

    Hey Ron!lol, I wouldn’t be surprised if the hurricane did have something to do with it…this weather, it’s driving me mad, it’ll be pouring in manoa and then super windy near kapahulu and super hot in hawaii kai!…off to get another cough drop and antibiotic and cough syrup…Hey Kirk!We’re coming dangerously close to “chain-hell!” By next year there’ll be a billion Walgreens all over the island! And the PF Chang’s here is also doing brisk business, even though there so much better Chinese food 10 minutes away! :(Hey Kat!I have to say, I’m with you on the CPK bit. I’m guilty of patronizing the ala moana location far too often! But still. Local business HAVE TO SAY, otherwise we’ll be no different from other states! We lost too many small places this year, and gained too many national chains! bah! :(Hey Kat!I’m just worried about what will happen to other health food markets on the island – they’re such small stores (Umeke Market) or co-ops (Kukui Market)…how can the compete with whole foods!

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Whenever I have a craving for the Ham Roll @ Saint Germain, I go online longing to find a recipe or even acknowledgement of its existence and goodness… I’ve finally found someone waxing nostalgic about it–you! I’m not sure if you ever got a taste of their muffins bak in the day (circa 80s)–but they used to serve a mean chocolate chip one when I was a child that they discontinued for some reason. All in all, if I had to choose what they kept on the menu–the Ham Roll wins, hands down! And so, now I’m off to figure out how to make my own version since I no longer live on Oahu… I’d say Japanese Bakery Rolls have more of a challah/brioche consistency, add the ham, onions, kewpie sauce and a sprig of parsley and your there!

  • J. Lo
    August 18, 2007

    damn you, corporate scum! you can take yen king away from me, but you can never take ginza kimuraya away from me!!!!!! (sadly, i love whole foods….a lot. to be fair, they deny any involvement in the current crisis at kahala mall. who are we to believe?)in other news, i just remembered: we forgot to get the cheesecake mochi at the made-in-hawaii festival!!! i need to go back tomorrow and get some. and maybe a few chocolate truffle mochi. and maybe some of those awesome chocolate mochi crunch butter cookies. cheer up! i have moody days too. the best solution is angry rock music and a little something warm and emo (like an americano). emo = emotional. lol.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 18, 2007

    Justin!whoa, you are FAST! I just put up this post like 2 seconds ago! lol. I totally forgot about the cheescake mochi! I think I’m going back with my family tonight…I still want the ginger graham cookies and towel. Oh that towel! :)

  • anonymous
    August 18, 2007

    Hey there! Delurking to tell you you didn’t sound mean, and it was in fact a very entertaining entry! I think if something tastes bad, chucking it out the window is a perfectly acceptable response. I almost cried when I went to a restaurant specifically for one item the other night and they had switched to their late night menu already and I couldn’t get it. :)-alisonmyspace.com/gooteelicious

  • anonymous
    August 18, 2007

    yes Kathy, for some strange reason, I kinda sensed something burning on the stove, while reading today’s post….but whata I know.anyways, it’s de rigeur to have options such as Ginza Kimuraya bakery, otherwise we’re all too familiar with the alternatives. Also, I’ve seen it, too, The Cheeze Cake Factory “always” has a long line outside during dinner hours. Brilliant obsevation about Hawaii people being ape about chain restaurants.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 18, 2007

    Hey Alison!I’m glad you de-lurked! lol, I’m always curious to learn who reads this blog! :) lol, it’s good to know I have some support when it comes to chucking out bad food, hehe. It just makes me angry to be eating mediocre food when I know there’s much better stuff to be found out there! :)Hey Ron!That line for the Cheesecake Factory drives me insane – Waikiki is flooded with restaurants…and dinner at Cheesecake isn’t necessaily a ‘bargain’ by any means! Bah. No worries. Bad moods are wearing off as I type! :)

  • anonymous
    August 18, 2007

    Hi again Kathy, that line at The Cheeze Cake Factory even has to stand next to a construction zone. They’re still doing major renovation at the Royal Hawaiian Center, which Cheeze Cake Factory is a part of.P.S., I was watching the late night news, and the weather gal Sharie Shima started coughing and couldn’t stop, so Dash had to step in. I only mention this because I’ve been feeling easily irritatable today, and I’m surmising if my mood isn’t connected to the hurricane blowing abouts some industrial dust into the community. Just a theory.

  • KirkK
    August 18, 2007

    That is sad….the “Whole Paycheck” causing Kahala Mall to force out tenants……Yen King had been there forever! Pretty soon, Honolulu may become a “chain-hell”, which San Diego has become, where PF Chang’s wins Best Chinese in the Newspaper’s Reader Poll! Sad, very sad. Oh, I’m not a big fan of Wahoo’s……..

  • Kat
    August 18, 2007

    I know it is so sad when establishments you come to know and enjoy get booted out by large mainland chain companies. We’ve lost a lot of good local establishments this year. I guess all we can do is make the best of what we have now and support the local eateries : )I don’t mind CPK (gosh we’re addicted to them) but I agree we don’t really need a Whole Foods. There is one being planned on Maui too which is taking over the old Star Market there. My parents have been shopping at that one since as long as I can remember (and I’m 27) and I know it’s been there forever. They are sad that they will have to shop at Safeway or Foodland after next year. I don’t mind Safeway but I guess when you’ve come to know all the workers by first name, know where everything in the store is located, it’s a little unnerving to shop anywhere else.Anyway, there’s my little rant ^_^”

  • K & S
    August 18, 2007

    I was looking forward to Whole Foods, but not if they are going to step on “local toes”, I mean Patisserie, Yen King and recently Ginza Kimuraya have been in Kahala Mall since I can remember!

  • anonymous
    August 19, 2007

    I never pick Wahoo’s either, for some reason Ray and Shane love it there. I go to Bale get a sandwich and bring it to Wahoo’s. As for the chain restaurant thing, I’m not a big fan of chain anything, but there are some good ones out there, like Target, I love Target and I know your hating on Whole Foods but I’m from S.F. and whole foods was God sent there so I have nothing but love for them.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 19, 2007

    Hey doodoolicious!What a good idea! I should have brought over Bale instead of eating Wahoo’s! It’s not that I hate WF, it’s just that I’m so mad at them for kicking out all these local tenants…more mad/sad than hate, lol…I think that makes sense! :)

  • anonymous
    August 20, 2007

    Hey Kathy,I was not going to comment but reading all the other comments got me fired up. Yeah Oahu’s mentality, we’re all a bunch of Chain Restaurant freaks! All my friend looove going to all these Chains, I have a difficult time finding people to go to “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants with.The only type of non-chain restaurant that could open, and be successful on Oahu, would be a Japanese restaurant just check out S. King St. around Sanoya. There have been a bunch of Japanese restaurants open lately though I think a number of them are Japan chains. Unless you have deep pockets it’s difficult to start up a restaurant, especially in Hawaii, these Chains have it.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 21, 2007

    Hey Anon!I agree completely! And the thing is, most chain restaurants here aren’t even cheap! A dinner at Cheesecake Factory or Chili’s would cost you more than a local Japanese restaurant (like any one on King st)! Bah. Oh well. At the rate we’re going, all the local okazuyas will be replaced by chains and fast food joints!

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