Brunch is always so comforting... you need not commit to breakfast or lunch so you brunch and get the best of both worlds. Back in 2016 Egghead Cafe opened in Kaka'ako and was a popular spot for folks who love... eggs. But they also closed their doors back in 2018 and then elegantly reopened in the midst of the pandemic in Kalihi and Kailua.
Thankfully, this fusion of crave-worthy brunch dishes still serves us some delicious eats along with some new bites that are both savory and sweet. The space in Kalihi is essentially two stores in one and they have separated the cafe from a coffee shop. But, when things get busy and tables start to fill they allow for overflow into the coffee shop side for seating. *Note, if you order for takeout you would simply enter the coffee shop side and grab your food once done there. The takeout option is very efficient and on time even on weekends.
Now back to the food. They say they are Taiwan-inspired but it is good to see the main dishes are mainly a blend of local influences with hints of Asia as well. Your omelettes are a mix of crab, pork belly, veggie and chorizo... while the Benedicts are classic, pork belly (you'll see it often), salmon, crab and California. Pancakes are a fan favorite with tiramisu, sweet potato and haupia, strawberry shortcake, s'mores and so much more. The French Toasts are also robust with toppings like berry, cinnamon and cocho creme brulee. And they also offer some really unique toasts too - specialty Toasts include: smoked salmon, prosciutto and egg, lilikoi BGTE (bacon greens tomato and eggs), pesto chicken and a new spin on a grill cheese with tomato and egg.
Overall, the space is really cute, upbeat and friendly. The service is attentive, happy and well educated on the product. I have enjoyed everything here and the portions are generous, while the ingredients are also supremely fresh and delicious. Everything is cooked perfectly and the vibe mixed with the yummy food leaves you feeling very happy and full. This is my new fave brunch spot and each time I visit I feel like I am winning!
Growing up on Kauai or Maui... you may recall something called a Flying Saucer. The savory treat of white bread pressed together with robust sloppy joe filling was hot, crisp and comforting. The reality is... after your childhood days if you moved away you likely didn't get to eat them again.
A local entrepreneur was inspired to bring this local comfort food to Oahu for others to try, reminisce and enjoy. We had the chance to chat with Gilbert from Saucer King 808 to get the scoop on his iconic and delicious saucers.
What is Saucer King 808?
Saucer King 808 is a company created to introduce the flying saucer (a Maui/Kauai seasonal favorite) to the island of Oahu.
Both islands have slightly different recipes and I respectfully decided to blend the two together in a way that unites the islands much in a way that King Kamehameha did. It’s not a Kauai or Maui saucer, it’s a Saucer King saucer.
Saucer King is a contemporary take on a classic. A saucer for everyone, no matter what island you’re from.
Why do you make these?
First and foremost, I truly love eating flying saucers. From my earliest memories of the Maui county Fair, I remember being a kid, having a bag of flying saucers and being so happy.
When I moved to Honolulu, I wondered if anyone made them here, but I couldn’t find them anywhere. And for 15 years that thought lingered in my mind. Fast forward to 2020 and the pandemic
How did you decide to do this?
After being laid off from the hotel industry due to covid, I had plenty of time to think in 2020. I was sitting down with a friend from Kauai one night and we randomly started talking about saucers. “Wait, you know about flying saucers too”? To this point I thought flying saucers were a Maui thing.
“It’s a Kauai thing”, he said and then the bantering began. Was it a Kauai thing or Maui thing? I honestly still don’t know the answer. The more we talked about it, the thought of starting a saucer business became clear. There was clearly a demand just between us two and we were sure there were more people out there just like us.
What’s your hope?
My hope is to introduce the flying saucer craze to the next generation of saucer eaters.My hope for Saucer King is to bring people together. Saucer King represents the combined ideas of a couple of guys from Maui and Kauai. And the realization that when people work through their differences you can accomplish far greater things together.My final hope one day is to have a store right on Waialae Ave in Kaimuki, where it all began.
You can follow Gilbert and these saucers on Instagram via @saucerking808