On the North Shore Ė
where surfing is the breath of life and wearing a watch means youíre
really dressed up Ė thereís a new restaurant as tasty as the famed
& Bar, located in the North Shore Marketplace in Haleiwa, opened its
doors this spring and is quickly gaining a following.
Our dining companions
had been to Breakers soon after its debut and had experienced rocky
service. We talked them into trying the place again and were pleased to
discover that the res-taurantís early kinks have since been smoothed
The atmosphere is
lively and the place is decorated in homage to the surfing world. The
walls are covered with striking photographs of skilled athletes conquering
giant waves, a video loop plays footage of world-class surfing and the
ceiling is covered with a variety of boards.
Itís a laid-back
spot, yet polished enough for a Saturday night dinner with friends.
Although we only had
to wait a few minutes for a table, I would recommend making reservations
if youíll be eating during peak hours.
Iím a sucker
(forgive the pun) for squid, so I started off my meal with the Lemon
Pepper Calamari ($6.95). A generous portion was piled onto the plate and
served with a rich chipotle/mayonnaise dipping sauce. The cala-mari rings
were crisp, hot and lightly battered,
although Iíd prefer just a touch more seasoning to stir things up
Since mangoes are in
season, I sampled a frozen mango Offshore Daiquiri ($5.50). It was
delicious: refreshing yet not overly sweet.
We also tried two
other appetizers. Shaneís Seared Sashimi ($8.95) featured ruby-hued,
bite-size squares of flash-seared tuna served with a ginger-soy dipping
sauce. It was excellent fish; chilled and tender.
The Shrimp Satay
($6.75) arrived with a thick, spicy peanut sauce on the side. The grilled
shrimp, plump and fresh, had been basted with a tangy sauce, keeping them
moist on the skewers.
For our entrees, we
selected Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken Breast ($14.95), which was tender
and well-seasoned. It was served with a tropical avocado-papaya salsa and
a side of steamed rice. The Tandoori Salmon Filet ($14.95) was pan-seared
with Indian influences evident in the choice of spices. This dish was
served with slightly sweet jasmine rice, an eggplant relish and stir-fried
Vegetarians will find
plenty of options on the menu, including the Garden Pizza ($10.95), a
10-inch pizza fired in a Keawe-wood-burning oven. The pizza had a
garlic-pesto sauce, chopped artichoke hearts, fresh tomatoes, sliced
zucchini, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. It was large enough that
two people could have shared and indeed, we enjoyed the leftovers the next
day at lunchtime.
The Indonesian Tempeh
with Noodles ($12.95) had a thick peanut sauce, chewy vegetable protein,
mixed vegetables and wok-tossed pasta. It was hearty and again, large
enough to share.
Although we were quite
full, we had saved just enough room to split a slice of Kauai Pie ($5.95).
The towering, frozen confection came with an Oreo-cookie crust, Kona
coffee-flavored ice cream and a layer of fudge, topped with macadamia nuts
and coconut flakes.
Overall, we found the
service at Breakers to be very pleasant, quick and enthusiastic. After a
small snafu where the pizza arrived with uninvited mushrooms, the server
immediately offered to replace it and also reduced the itemís price on
Whether youíre looking for a family-friendly atmosphere or a night out with friends, I would definitely recommend Breakers. It has the relaxed spirit of the North Shore, good food and a menu varied enough that everyone will find something to their liking.
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