Overall Review: CorkCork

Service: The service was surprisingly good at Burgundy. The waitress and bus boy were both very nice and attentive but the restaurant was also half empty so it wasn’t like they had alot to do. One thing to point out is that our waitress told us that the Kajiki was a white light fish like cod and it turned out to be swordfish which we would not have ordered had we known. Upon leaving the restaurant we asked for a take out menu (to write this blog) and they didn’t have any printed but said they would email it to us. We figured this would be the last time we would hear anything from the restaurant but low and behold, by the time we got home we had, in fact received each page of the menu! Excellent services indeed.

Food: The food was average. The dishes we had tasted good, and were interesting but lacked a little wow factor. The menu is french through and through. For an appetizer we had the warm mushroom salad (Salade aux Champignons Chaud) which came on just regular romain lettuce (yawn). The mushrooms were well seasoned but overall it was pretty boring for $12. The french onion soup had delicious broth but no guerrier cheese (or any cheese for that matter) or puffed pastry over the top which is a staple in a good onion soup (both elements missing was disappointing). The best entree was the Wine-steamed “Kajiki” and Fried Vegetables which came with fried celery root, turnips and other unique textural elements. The scallops are so small you might as well order calms. The last thing to mention was that the first time we went we ordered Pomme Frites and they were crispy and delicious (could have been a touch more crispy but pretty good)! the second time they brought us waffle fries. When asking the waitress what happened she said the Japanese owners ordered the wrong item and they didn’t have any money to order new ingredients. This was frankly unacceptable. But not as unacceptable as misspelling chicken on the menu – Confit de Poulet – Preserved Chicken. Yup….It’s featured below for your enjoyment. Shocking we know.

Favorite Dishes: Salade aux Champignons Chaud (Warm Mushroom Salad), Espadon Vapeur en Friture Légumes (Wine-steamed “Kajiki” and Fried Vegetables), and the Pomme Frites (when they were the real deal and not waffle fries!)

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Burgundy is average like the food. They have both indoor and outdoor covered seating. The inside has a small bar and a few tables. The outside seating is covered by a tent / canopy and has a wall separating the restaurant from the street and the cars zooming by on the busy kapahulu. The wall does a good job of keep the restaurant quite. Overall the decor lacks a bit of imagination and could use some art, plants or statues to make it more memorable.

Consistency: In the two times we have been it has not been consistent. The first experience was much better than the second. Its safe to say its consistently inconsistant.

Parking: Parking is pretty easy at Burgundy (if you go early). They have a small parking lot out front with about 10 spots. You can also find street parking near by on Kapahulu.

Price: Medium-High ($18-$48) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Recommend
Take Out Not 

1006 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 739-5000

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Monday to Saturday
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

burgundy mushroom salad

Warm Mushroom Salad

burgundy french onion soup

French Onion Soup

Wine-steamed "Kajiki" and Fried Vegetables

Kajiki & Fried Vegetables

Burgundy Pomme Frites

Pomme Frites


Teddy’s Bigger Burger

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork Cork

Service: The staff was super friendly at Teddy’s. They are fast on their feet and full of smiles. They where quick to whip down the tables between eaters despite how busy and managed to get the food out in a timely manner. We give Teddies Bigger Burger on Beretania Street two thumbs up.

Food: The food is pretty tasty at Teddy’s Bigger Burger in Honolulu. The food is what you would find in a common dinner with ice cream, onion rings, burgers and fries. What makes Teddy’s so good is that the burgers are made fresh to order and from 100% ground chuck. The chicken on the combo was also very juicy, moist and well seasoned. The buns were fresh and soft and all the ingredients from salads to fries where high quality. They also have a happy hour Monday – Thursday 2pm-5pm for $1 OFF any combo order.
Teddy’s Bigger Burger Menu For Download

Favorite Dishes: Baco Salad (7oz hamburger, avocado, cheese, tomato, bacon), Chicken Combo Sandwhich, Fries

Atmosphere: We really like the atmosphere at Teddy’s Bigger Burger. They are fun and designed like an old dinner. The color scheme is red, yellow and black and from the tables to the art on the walls the casual and hang loose 50’s theme keeps this restaurant young, trendy and fun.

Consistency: We only have been once so far but the restaurant was absolutely packed! we promise to update this section again next time we visit Teddy’s for a quick burger fix.

Parking: The Teddy’s location on Beretania has a good sized parking lot with over 10 spots making this an easy restaurant to go for lunch or a quick bite while shopping in town.

Price Range: Low ($4.99-$11.99) per Entree
No Corkage Fee! (But you have to bring your own bottle opener)
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals

134 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 926-3444
Website: http://teddysbiggerburgers.com/

2424 S. Beretania Ave #101
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 949-0050

Kailua Village Shops
539 Kailua Rd., #101
Kailua, HI 96734
Tel: (808) 262-0820

Hawaii Kai
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., E124
Honolulu, HI 96825
Tel: (808) 394-9100

Hours of Operation:
University, Hawaii Kai, Kailua Locations:
Mon-Thu: 10am – 9pm
Fri-Sun: 10am – 10pm

Waikiki Store:
Hours of Operation
Mon – Sun: 10am – 9pm

teddy's bigger burger restaurant review hawaii

Cheese Burger Combo

Teddy's Burger Hawaii

Delux Burger

Zap’s Cafe & Lounge

Overall Review: Cork

Service: The service was pretty good at Zap’s Cafe & Lounge in Honolulu. When we arrived our waitress informed us of a Happy Hour martini rate of only $3 which we where excited about. Upon asking the type of well liquor we where surprised that not one of all our group had heard of the vodka type. The upgrade for any name brand (Smirnoff, Sky, Absolute, Kettle, Grey Goose, etc) was no less than over double priced at $7 per a drink! Our friend had to then negotiate them down to $5 to be competitive with the bars in the area and seeing as we expected a large group to join us for Pupus after work we wanted to get a good deal. The waitress and manger were very accommodating and even called the owner to get approval for our request which was awesome. So we give the service at Zap’s a thumbs up but would hope the owners research the happy hour rates in town before setting themselves up for failure.

Food: The food was …..in the words of a friend….”Meh” –  Everyone in our group was left feeling like the food wasn’t that bad… but it really wasn’t that great either. The best thing by a long shot was the sweet potato fries, so if you go make sure you order at least 2 for the table to munch on. Other items on the menu included breakfast all day, pasta, burgers, salads, pupus, steaks, mac and cheese and other American classics & local favorites. Everything overall needed more seasoning and a little more pizazz.
Download Zaps Cafe & Lounge Menu

Favorite Dishes: Sweet Potato Fries, Edamame (a bit sweet), Pork Chop (Ok but dry and needed some dipping sauce to spice it up a bit). TIP: Don’t order the Eggplant Katsu it was really overcooked and like cardboard

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Zap’s is pretty basic. Nothing really is exciting about the interior of the restaurant or interesting for that matter. They do have a pool table and darts which are fun bar time activities but we didn’t play them while we there. The interior has both lounge seating, a bar and restaurant style seating which is nice for all types of social engagements.

Consistency: We have only been once to Zap’s and don’t think we will return anytime soon. It was OK but nothing very exciting or delicious. Unfortunately we don’t think Zap’s has a long future ahead of it.

Parking: Zap’s does have a small parking lot in front with room for maybe 10 cars.

Price Range: ($4.50-$14.95) per Entree (some market price items)
Corkage Fee $ per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

1018 McCully St
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 942-0012
Website: http://zapcafelounge.com//

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: Open for Private Events After 4 p.m. Only

Zap's Cafe Pork Chop Image

Pork Chop

Zaps Cafe in Waikiki Eggplant Katsu picture

Eggplant Katsu

The Counter

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service The Counter is very good while seated at the counter, however seating in the main restaurant can prove challenging. They only have one or two waitresses and they struggle to keep up with the drinks and orders which gets old real fast.

Food: The food is pretty good at The Counter. When you go, you go for only two things, Hamburgers and French Fries.  Each eater is given a check list to “create” there burger in a bowl or on a bun upon arrival and they have endless toppings to choose from including a special topping of the month to tantalize its customers. We recommend ordering some fries for the table to share they are not only  delicious  but come out fast (TIP: If you seat at a table these table treats could keep you from eating the silverware or getting the grumpy)

Favorite Dishes: Turkey Burger – In a Bowl – Mixed Greens – Red Onion – Jalapenos – Blue Cheese – Cranberries – Avocado, Hamburger – On a Bun – Mixed Greens, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Roasted Garlic Aioli (on the side), The “Fifty-Fifty” Sweet Potato Fries & Regular Fries

Atmosphere: The Counter has a great atmosphere and the concept of the restaurant is to build your ultimate personal burger in a trendy diner. The layout is clean, bright and feels a bit industrial. The music is fresh and they often play sports at the bar making it a great place for a quick bite or after-work drink.

Consistency: When The Counter first opened we felt the food was better cooked and the service was faster. As time as moved on its gotten a little more generic and not as good as it used to be, however, if you are in the mood for a burger I can’t think of anywhere else better to go.

Parking:The Counter is located at the Kahala Shopping Center right next to Whole Foods. It’s easiest to park on the second floor of the parking garage then walk down the stairs to the restaurant.

Price Range: Low ($8.95-$12) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per bottle

Reservations Not Available

4211 Waialae Avenue E-1
Honolulu HI 96816
Telephone: 808-739-5100
Fax: 808-739-5102
Email: kahala@thecounterburger.com
Website: www.thecounterburger.com

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

The Counter in hawaii restaurant review

Chicken Burger

The Counter burger salad in hawaii

Turkey Burger Salad