From time to time, there is a debate as to which restaurant gives the most food. One place that normally comes out on top is Da Kitchen, but at one point, it was only located in Maui. I attempted to go with my girlfriend and her family while in Maui, but the 1.5 hour wait relocated us to eat elsewhere. Fortunately, I was still able to eat at Da Kitchen, since they have another restaurant located on Oahu at the Moilili location on Isenberg Street.
First of all the place was PACKED. This restaurant looked a tad smaller than the one on Maui, but it was definitely filled up. Due to the limited seats, we decided to go for takeout. We ordered their famous fried spam musubi, garlic chicken katsu plate, and their special of the day which was opakapaka.
The fried spam musubi ($5.49) was extremely large and took me by surprise. It is made of spam wrapped with rice and nori (dried seaweed), panko battered, then deep fried and drizzled with teriyaki sauce. It was really delicious! I thought I was going to have a hard time eating the entire thing myself (my girlfriend is a vegetarian), but surprisingly it didn’t make me full.
What did was my entree, which was the garlic chicken katsu plate lunch ($11.99…this was a special). Easily the LARGEST PORTION of chicken katsu I’ve had in my entire life. I had at least three full boneless chicken thighs panko battered, and drizzled with garlic BBQ sauce. The picture does not do it justice either…you have to see it, and hold it, to believe the enormous size of this plate lunch. Somehow I found it within myself to finish this off as well.
I definitely felt that had to work out for at least 30 days after having this much food. My girlfriend’s opakapaka was also very large just like my katsu plate lunch. I wasn’t able to taste it but she said that it was very tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. Unfortunately, it was the special of the day, so you might not be able to try it. But she definitely recommended it.
If you are starving and in need of massive portions of food, Da Kitchen will not disappoint. Though the prices look somewhat steep to begin with, it is definitely worth the amount of food you receive. Get ready for a food coma at Da Kitchen!