Kissaten Coffee Bar / The onslaught of FOB-hipster-chic casual dining continues. Giving Yogur Story a run for its hangout money is Kissaten Coffee Bar. (“Kissaten” means “coffee shop” in Japanese. No smooching allusions, please.)
Located in Hawaiki Tower, the condo that shares space with KHON, the new java shop is a comfortable place to pass the time with a serviceable selection of beverages and meals.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The Smoked Salmon Salad ($8) has a light tarragon vinaigrette with decent-sized slices of the fish scattered among the baby spinach and wedges of Mandarin orange and grapefruit. The Panini Grilled Cheese & Hamakua Tomato Bisque ($9) is an adequate substitute for tomato soup and a Gouda cheese, bacon and apple sandwich–in case the Melt truck isn’t nearby. The Potato and Leek Soup ($5) also does the job nicely with a poached egg and…more bacon.
The coffees and espressos are strong but their selection of flavored cold beverages is unique. The Green Tea Iced Latte ($3) is fun and milky but not overpoweringly sweet.
The big draw here is that it’s open 24 hours. (Dinner ends at 9pm and breakfast begins at 6am.) Not many cafes on Oahu can make that claim. Couches, overhead ceiling fans and a bookcase brimming with magazines create a welcoming environment that encourages one to spend time in the very orange space. With many a wall outlet to plug laptops into, Kissaten just might be the best place on the island to work on that novel or to cram an all-nighter study session.
88 Piikoi St., open 24 hours, [kissatencafe.com], 593-1200