Monday, July 07, 2014

Island Flavor

 If you're originally from Hawaii now living in Las Vegas aka da 9th island, you must be every now and then get homesick.  Since I've met many people from Hawaii over the past 10 years, they talk about missing the ocean, going to the beach, loved ones they've left behind, and eating local Hawaiian food on a daily basis.  Being that said, I always ask my friends from Hawaii what are good restaurants to eat at since they are more of the experts!

My friends have recommended Island Flavor, a Hawaiian restaurant located along Durango Rd near Windmill Ln.  They serve huge portions of Hawaiian comfort food and just dining there makes you feel like you're in Hawaii.

My husband ordered the Chicken Katsu Loco Moco-  two eggs any style and fried katsu on top of rice, and smothered in brown gravy.  This was my first time seeing this dish.  Usually at other Hawaiian restaurants I see Loco Mocos which have hamburger patties instead of the chicken katsu:


I ordered the Mixed Plate, you can choose any two of the Local Favorites items.  I got the Furikake Chicken- boneless chicken deep fried and tossed in furikake glaze.  I think this was also my first time seeing this chicken dish so I had to get it!  I definitely tasted the furikake in the glaze and the chicken wasn't too oily for being deep fried.    The second dish I chose was the Beef Teriyaki Steak bottom sirloin with their special Asian sauce broiled and sliced thin.  I'm not that picky in how I want my steak prepared as long as it is tender.  Their teriyaki sauce was indeed special - tasted like it was custom made:


For dessert we shared this chunky slice of Guava Cake.  Guava is a tropical fruit that taste almost like a cross between pear and strawberry, but you'd have to taste the fruit yourself and see if you haven't had one yet.  This cake was light and spongy and its guava flavor was strong: 


If you need to cure your homesickness from Hawaii or if you just like Hawaiian food, check out Island Flavor and try their ono (delicious) grinds (food)!

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