Address: 900 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 814-3815
Cost for Two: $60
Malasada: It’s a fried dough pastry, like a Doughnut, it was brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. Malasada at ‘āina is absolutely yummy! (see the picture). You get 3 pieces of yumminess covered with sugar and coconut filled with Guava custard which oozes out as you are trying to cut through it.
- Chicken Katsu:This was my pick, it’s marry’s fried chicken over vadouvan carrot puree. It has rolled omelet on the side with udon noodles. Sauces included are aioli and katsu gel.
Spam Musubi ‘SSAM Style‘: This is a perfect snack to start your brunch. It comes beautifully decorated with the Boston bibb lettuce, stone valley farms hog span (Pork), short grain rice topped with kimchi salad, egg yolk furikake (Aioli on the side). It’s not a big portion dish, good for 1 person as an appetizer, but it’s extremely flavorful.
- POG Mimosa: POG – Passionfruit, Orange and Guava + Champagne. POG is a pretty common drink in Hawaii and sometimes also referred as the glass of deliciousness. Weekends are when you can afford to kick off your day with a Mimosa.
The brunch surpassed our expectations and made us recall all the tropical food we sampled in our Hawaiian Vacation to Maui last October [post on how to plan the perfect Maui Vacation coming soon :)]. ‘āina is a top contender for our favorite brunch in San Francisco, WFWA approved!!
M & K