The Kale Okonomiyaki is a must-try!
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Brunch fanatics, get ready! HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is checking out the Nook Neighborhood Bistro, a boozy spot for foodies located in the heart of Honolulu.
Owner and chef Anicea Campanale enjoys cooking food that’s creative, fun, and makes people feel good. She believes it’s important to always be learning and seeing food and flavor around the world.
“Growing up in a family that valued food is for sure my foundation,” says Chef Campanale. “My mother is Japanese and my father Italian, so I like to say Shoyu and Olive Oil made me. Beyond that foundation, my love for travel has been a huge inspiration for my cooking.”
One of the Nook’s most popular dishes? The Kale Okonomiyaki. Inspired by her Japanese heritage, this Osaka-style savory pancake is given a breakfast twist at The Nook. Chef Campanale incorporates kale into the batter and tops it off with a local island egg — sunny style! You can’t have brunch without a cocktail. Try a Puck’s Alley Mimosa or an Almost Irish Coffee to enjoy with your meal!
Also available for a limited time is a new winter risotto. The Nook likes to always have rotating specials and new menu items for guests to try and to support local farmers by using ingredients that are fresh and available.
You may recognize Chef Campanale from her appearance on the Food Network during an episode of “Guy’s Grovery Games,” a reality TV show where four chefs compete to win $20,000 by testing their culinary skills.
“We were challenged to cook with secret ingredients, specialty tools and budget restrictions all filmed in a grocery store,” she explains. “Think ‘Super Market Sweeps’ meeting ‘Top Chef.’ It’s hosted by Guy Fieri and was an absolute blast. I hope to be invited back again!”
The Nook Neighborhood Bistro
1035 University Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96826
Validated parking anywhere in Puck’s Alley. After the intersection of University Avenue and Coyne Street, look for the entrance into Puck’s Alley immediately after Study Hall/The Greek Corner.