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!