The Alley at Aiea Bowl

Reid, 20. July 2007, 16:06

I sometimes complain to Larri about the dearth of good restaurants on the Leeward side. Well, I recently discovered two places that deserve more attention.

If you haven’t heard about it yet, you need to check out the tasty chicken at the newly established restaurant, The Alley at Aiea Bowl. Yep, the bowling alley. They’ve created a slightly upscale dinerish space in the mode of the nicer Zippy’s restaurants. Like Zippy’s The Alley serves local Japanese-American food. The one dish that sure to be a hit is the tasty chicken which is basically a boneless deep-fried chicken karaage. The batter is on the whiter and lighter side with sweet and spicy sauce. The price for a plate is around $9, but the portions are large. I believe this dish can challenge Mitsu-Ken and Sugoi’s garlic chicken (And don’t even mention En Fuego’s).

I can’t remember the other dishes, but most of them are standard stuff. They’re garlic fries were pretty good. Instead of using minced garlic, I think they just use garlic powder or salt. They also serve ochazuke bowls, which I never tried. Finally, they have some fancy desserts. The waitress recommended a lemon tart/cake that was quite tasty. It was one of those sponge cake layered things, with some crispy crumbling on top.

2 Responses to “The Alley at Aiea Bowl”


  1. Reid

    Larri and I went here just for dessert recently. I had the pecan tart, which basically seems to be a pecan pie. When pecan pie goes wrong, the sweetness is often the problem, but I’ve never had a pecan pie that wasn’t sweet enough. The pie tasted as if it were made without sugar.

    Larri got the pumpkin crunch, which looks really good with it’s thick creamcheese(?) frosting. It was decent, although not spectacular.

  2. pen

    I enjoy the tasty chicken, which may rival, but does not beat Mitsu-Ken’s garlic chicken. The boneless kalbi was also very good. The spicy shrimp was okay…I’m glad I tried it, but it isn’t something I would necessarily order again. Blah, blah, blah…

    Okay, here’s what I really want to talk about…blonde brownie sundae. Just thinking about it puts me in a tiny foodie-trance. Something about the heated, soft, cakey brownie with a faint but discernable caramel/brown sugar/molasses flavor running through it and the addition of chocolate chips coupled with the vanilla icecream on top…simply divine. I have to go back and make sure it wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan experience, but rather a deep, soul-shaking revelation. It seems so simple…blonde brownies and vanilla icecream. Simple, yet sublime. Can’t wait to get back to The Alley.

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