I’ve blogged about Johnny Kahuku before,
and I loved dining there ever since. This time around Johnny Kahuku’s
Hawaiian Shrimp House rolled out new stuff for their menu, geared for
the corporate lunch or dinner crowd. The additions include shrimp
baskets and buckets, Hawaiian Trucks, and Solo Shrimp Trucks, perfect
for those seeking a filling lunch set.
Coconut and Pineapple Glazed Shrimp Basket (Php 248)
- coconut crusted crispy shrimp tossed in pineapple glaze
- I was honestly surprised at how the coconut and pineapple worked so well together. SInce it’s on the sweet side, it’s actually also perfect for families and kids with picky palates
Salt and Pepper Shrimp Basket (Php 228)
- deep fried crispy shrimps sauteed in bell pepper, salt, and five spices
- probably the safest choice in the menu. it reminded me of the salt and pepper flavored streetfood in Taipei
Honey Garlic Shrimp Basket (Php 248)
- buttered garlic shrimp tossed in honey butter and crispy garlic
- this was soooo good! The perfect balance between sweet and salty! It was the crowd favorite and seriously addicting
Crispy Drunken Shrimp Basket (Php 228)
- crispy gin marinated shrimps drizzled with butter and crispy garlic
- if the honey garlic was the crowd favorite, this one was my personal favorite. The shrimps were perfectly seasoned, with just a hint of gin, sort of like beer battered fish, with a cleaner taste
Johnny Kahuku’s really know how to treat their shrimp. The shrimps were very crispy even when they sat long (We took photos for more than 30 minutes) and had great flavor.
They also have another shrimp basket that we didn’t get to try, the Mixed Seafood and Tempura Basket (Php 399) which included
tempura of oysters, shrimps, fish, and crabsticks, and served with sriracha aioli and tempura sauce.
I also love how they have this cute condiment toolkit that houses utensils, bibs, and condiments like sriracha hot sauce and vinegar, perfect for pairing with their Hawaiian dishes.
These and the solo shrimp trucks are good for solo diners because you get great value for money meals.
Aloha Shrimp and Fish Skewers (Php 175)
- shrimp and white fish with pineapple, onion and peppers served with Hawaiian Fried Rice
- the shrimp was juicy and not overcooked, which is great since grilled shrimp dishes tend to be on the gummy side
Samoan Pork Barbecue (Php 175)
- hickory barbecue pork skewers with grilled pineapple, sauteed vegetables and hawaiian fried rice
- tender, juicy, tangy and sweet, this one would fit well with the Filipino palate
Huli Huli Chicken Skewers (Php 175)
- Huli Huli glazed chicken skewers with grilled pineapple, stir fried vegetables and Hawaiian fried rice
- just like the pork barbecue, this one was grilled just right
Root Beer Glazed American Ribs (Php 225)
- root beer glazed twice cooked American barbecue ribs, spiced corn and plain rice
- for this one, I honestly couldn’t tell that it was marinated with root beer, but it was pretty good nonetheless
Hawaiian Pit Roasted Chicken (Php 195)
- lemongrass marinated chicken quarter with stir fried vegetables and coconut Hawaiian rice
- This reminded me a lot of Aristocrat’s chicken barbecue, except this one is sweeter
All of their Hawaiian Trucks have pretty generous servings and a heaping mound of rice, so you really are indulging when you get one of these.
Sweet Endings (Dessert!)
I was very delighted to see that they offered Acai berry bowls because not a lot of places in Manila offer these, and at good price points too!
Macai Bowls – Mango Acai Berry fruit bowls
Banana Chocolate and Peanut Butter Macai Bowl (Php 238)
- this one was very decadent and rich, perfect for those with a sweet tooth
Strawberry Smoothie Macai Bowl (Php 258)
- very refreshing, I wouldn’t mind having this often!
Mango Yoghurt Macai Bowl (Php 268)
- I’d say this was the perfect mix of our and sweet, perfect way to end a shrimp feast!
All in all I loved Johnny Kahuku’s new offerings. What do you think? Is it a thumbs up?
Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimp House (2 branches: Eastwood and Newport Mall)
Ground Floor Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
For reservations contact: 02 9167518 +63 9064035822
Store Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sun 11am to 10pm