Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

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Service: The service at Salt is typically very good. Every once and a while you will get slow service upstairs but most of the time its excellent. The staff is very knowledgeable (especially the bartenders!) and very nice overall.

Food: The food is very good at Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar on Waialae avenue. The menu consists of tapas, a few burger/ sandwiches and seasonal entree items. The tapas are not spanish in theme but more like a mixture of fusion and italian with items like cheese & meat plates, ahi bites, stuffed tuna peppers, fried egg, fresh beet and arugula salads, squid ink pasta (a favorite of ours), Taco, Butter Gnocchi and some other interesting and unique items like the pork stuffed calamari. It’s the type of place you go with a group and share so you can try a little of this, and a little of that. They also have a large wine list (but where out of a few key choices) – keep in mind the corkage fee is a whopping $50 per a bottle! the highest so far in Hawaii we have encountered so you are better off drinking what the restaurant has to offer which is a lovely assortment of drinks including Whiskey Business, and the Chilango which is a tequila drink with grape fruit juice, oranges and mexican chili flakes for a kick. They are soooo good and on Happy hour they are only $6 per drink.  Also we noticed that sometimes it was cheaper to drink the wines by the glass than to order a bottle which was pretty strange so watch out for that as well. 

Favorite Dishes: Beet Salad, Cheese & Fig plate, Butter Gnocchi, Taco, Squid Ink Pasta (when they have it), Fried Egg, Daily Crudo, Chevre cheesecake with Caramel Popcorn and the drinks of course!

Atmosphere: The ambiance is nice at Salt. THe downstairs i like a big sushi bar which seats facing the kitchen and the only table seating is upstairs and is very limited, only about 6-8 tables. The artwork is black and white photographs that where cool a few years ago (trendy) but a little out of touch now… they also have some interesting colored pig paintings which give the room a pop of color and really work with the black and white decor.

Consistency: Since it opened Salt has become a regular bar for us and our friends. They are open late and consistently the food, drinks and service are wonderful! The seasonal menus are very exciting and we love trying new things and bringing new people to experience Salt.

Parking: You can park in the Kaimuki shopping center for a pretty minor fee of about $1 per an hour (or on the side closest to Big City Dinner they have metered parking which is more expensive but also close by). If you are lucky you can find some street parking on Waialae but its not easy!

Price Range: Medium ($5 – $21) per Tapa
Corkage Fee $50 per Bottle!
Reservations Accepted Upstairs & Recommended (bar is open seating)
Take Out Available

3605 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 744-7567‎

Hours of Operation:
Dinner & Tapas – Monday-Sunday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Salt Kitchen restaurant review meats

Assorted Meats

salt kitchen in hawaii cheese plate

Assorted Cheese’s

Salt Kitchen mixed appetizers beat salad and tuna

Daily Crudo & Beat Salad

Salt Kitchen calamari stuffed with pork

Pork Stuffed Calamari

Salt Kitchen in Hawaii popcorn goat cheese cake

Popcorn Goat Cheese Cake

Salt Kitchen Tapa Bar bread pudding

Bread Pudding

Squid Ink Pasta at Salt

Squid Ink Pasta

To Impress Pita Chips

Servings: 1 Pita (or 4 pieces) per personal

Whole Wheat Pita Bread (one per person)
Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Brush the pita bread with olive oil and season with salt. Cut into 4-6 pieces and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min or desired crispness. Serve with Edamame Hummus or any other cheese spread.

Edamame Hummus Recipe

Curry Deviled Eggs

Serves: 10-12 people as a appetizer
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

12 Egg Carton of Large Eggs
4 Tablespoons Light Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoons Minced Cilantro
¼ Teaspoon Sriracha Chili Sauce
3 Teaspoons Mild Curry Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt & Pepper
Optional Garnish: Cilantro leafs

Begin by hard-boiling the eggs and then placing them in a bath of ice water to chill. Once cool, peal off the shells and cut the eggs in half-length wise and carefully separate the yokes into a bowl and the egg whites onto a platter. Now add the mayonnaise, cilantro, curry powder, sriracha, salt and pepper to the egg yokes and mash together with a fork. Place the egg yoke mixture into a quart size plastic bag and cut a small portion of the corner tip off making a pastry bag. Now squeeze egg yoke mixture into the center of the egg whites. Serve chilled perfect for an appetizer or a must have item on your Easter buffet or a Superbowl Sunday Party!!

Deviled Egg Image Recipe

Lemongrass & Ginger Poached Shrimp Cocktail & Wasabi Pineapple Sauce

Serves :4-6 people as appetizer
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

2 lb Bag Frozen Shrimp size (13/15 or 16/20 Uncooked Headless, Peeled & Deveined Shrimp with Tails.)
Poaching liquid
6 Cups Water
1 Lemon, cut into rings
3 Lemongrass Stocks, ends only (about 3 inch) chopped finely
1 Head Garlic, cut in half
3 Tablespoons Ginger, chopped finely
2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
Cocktail Sauce
1-12 ounce Bottle Chili Sauce
1 Tablespoon prepared Wasabi Paste
½ cup Dole 100% Pineapple Juice Concentrate

Carefully cut away the cantaloupe peal and discard the seeds. Cut the melon into small piece, toss into a blender and blend to a fine puree. Measure 2 cups of water and heat up in the microwave until it reaches a boil. Pour the hot water into a bowl with the lemon Jell-O mixture and stir until completely dissolved. Add the cantaloupe puree and set aside. Next wash and peal the Asian pear and dice into small pieces. Wash the blueberries and add all the fruit to the puree. To complete the dish you can either pour the entire mixture into a glass dish/bowl or distribute evenly between the individual plastic cups or glass cups. Place into refrigerator for 60-90 minutes or until firm.

Lemongrass and ginger poached Shrimp cocktail with wasabi and pineapple cocktail sauce

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Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Wings

Servers: 4 to 6 people
Cooking Time: 2 Hour

3 pounds Chicken Wings

3 Tablespoons Garlic
3 Tablespoons Ginger
2 Tablespoons Tum Yum Paste (optional)
5-ounce Kikkoman Tempura Sauce
12-ounce bottle of Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 Bunch Cilantro

Place all marinade ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. In a large bowl or pan evenly incorporate half of the marinade over the chicken wings and mix well. Reserve the remaining marinade for later. Place the marinated wings back in refrigerator for one hour. For best tasting wings marinate over night. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grilled chicken wings tend to flare up quite a bit on the grill, so it’s a good idea to get a squirt bottle and fill it with water (or glass of water ready) just in case. If you see a flare-up, just squirt it down with a little water so it doesn’t char the wings. A squirt bottle is the favorite tool of many grillers I know! Pick up a cheap one at the supermarket if you don’t have one already, it’s the cheapest and most important tool you can have near the grill for these more fatty meats.

Grill over medium high heat until crisp and lightly charred about 20 minutes. While grilling preheat oven to 400 degrees, Once you achieved a nice grill marks, place wings in a oven safe dish and pour remaining marinade over wings and place in oven to cook for another 20 minutes or until well cooked. Serve with your favorite side dishes such as brown rice or potato salad.

Avocado & Alaskan King Crab Salad

Serves: 4 people
Wine Paring: Point Grigio


1 ½ Pound Alaskan King Crab
1 Medium Size Ripe Mango, Small Dice
1 Clove Garlic, Finley Chopped
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Lemon, Zest and Juice
2 Ripe Hass Avocado
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste


Remove crab meat from shells, cut into bite size pieces, and place in a bowl set aside. Peal off the skin of the mango and cut into small dice, place in a bowl and set aside. Meanwhile place a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic, cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the garlic is golden brown. Add crab meat, lemon juice and lemon zest to the garlic mixture and toss together, reheating crab meat for 2 minutes.  Cut the avocados in half-length wise, remove the seeds and peel off the skin, then cut strait down into thin slices and place avocados onto plates. Season avocados with salt and pepper and place crab meat mixture over avocados. Garnish with diced Mangos on top of Crab meat- serve immediately.

crab and avocado salad