Fresh Cafe is located in Kaka’ako nearby Ward Center and Ala Moana Mall. It’s where the hipster, musician, student, and artist comes to relax or to study. It’s common to see a doorman with a cute bow tie and crisp white collar shirt opening the front door to the cafe. What’s even more common is the location being used for film. I’ve seen twice, camera crews (professionally and amature) being filmed at Fresh Cafe. Fresh Cafe believes in that food should be fresh and local. Everything is made in-house or bought from a local vendor. By purchasing from local vendors, not only does it minimizes carbon foot print, but helps support our local economy.
The cafe is spacious with a lot of mixed match deco. There is a lot of long picnic tables that can hold up to 8-10 people. There are 2-4 seaters in the middle of the cafe, as well as outdoor seating. No cafe would be complete without free WiFi, but Fresh Cafe is smart about their WiFi. It’s free with purchase in the cafe. No smooching here.
Since everything is made when you order, the wait time can be long. Luckily, Fresh Cafe has a library. There is a lot of books, but there is no order to them. Just stroll and just find one that pops at you.
I picked up this gem right here.
I got the sandwich and soup combo for $10.95. I picked the chicken salad on an everything bagel and a cup of corn chowder. The chicken salad contains shredded chicken, Fuji apples, red onions, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, mayo, and yellow mustard. The bagel wasn’t toasted, but I bet if I requested it, there would be no problem in that. Shockingly, the filling stayed inside the middle. I hate when sandwiches falls apart in my hands, like sloppy joes (not a big fan of sloppy joes).
The corn chowder came in a mug, which made it easier to eat/drink. Besides corn, I found the chowder had bits of bacon, cream, milk, salt and pepper. Very simple.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like the chowder. It had too much corn, every bite was filled with a spoonful of corn. The chowder was watery for my liking, there was no creaminess in this chowder. I found the flavors too be a little on the sweeter side, maybe a little too sweet. I wished the flavors were a little more balanced.
No meal would be complete without something from their coffee/tea menu. I don’t drink coffee that often, so I opted for iced tea. I asked for the most popular tea, which was jasmine green tea. It was mildly sweet and refreshing. I liked the fact that it came with a nice slice of orange, instead of the usual lemon.
I love Fresh Cafe. It’s a fun place to hangout from an hour or two. I’ve had one meeting there, it was a nice environment to meet up with a group. I must admit, it’s pricy for the average college student, but it’s a nice treat when you have the time and money for it.
In a nutshell:
- Awesome menu: breakfast, lunch, and pasta!
- Friendly staff
- Love the Fresh and Local philosophy
- Parking is free, but limited and it’s a bit tight (Big trucks is not encouraged)
- Arty decor
- Hipster central
- Free WiFi (sorta)
- When busy, wait time might be long
- Everything is made to order
- Alcohol (beers and wines)
- A bit pricy for the amount of food
- Drinks are bit pricy and not refillable
- Water is not free, must buy a cup
- Corn Chowder. It should be called corn soup, than chowder.