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Mexican in O’ahu
As part of our eating adventures in O’ahu we stopped by for some mexican.
Here’s how the team at mexican restaurant Buho Cantina describe themselves:
“Mexican food should be more than soggy tortillas and refried ideas. At Búho, we’re elevating Mexican cuisine one ingredient at a time. Locally-sourced poblanos, tomatillos, cilantro and lime mix with fresh thinking to reinvent Mexican food and raise the bar. More than street food, it’s haute stuff.
Búho’s staff of mixologists have created an array of signature cocktails to refresh the palate and remind you that this is no ordinary cantina. Our bar also boasts an impressive list of wines, beers and, of course, tequilas—as well as a full complement of whiskeys and aperitifs. Viva el Búho! “
They also talk about being a 5000 star restaurant on the Waikiki strip. This relates to the fact that it is perched on the top of a building right on Kalakaua Avenue, right in the heart of everything, but quite hidden unless you are in the know. That’s the interesting thing about Waikiki. So much happens at street level, and with all the noise, movement and goings on, it’s easy not to lift your head up. To do so means you may miss out on a whole range of cool bars and restaurants. The Buho Cantina is accessed via a lift to level 5 of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Once there, a groovy open air bar occupies the left hand side, whilst tables for dining are spread right across the floor. Sitting at the bar gives you access to a great view of the fireworks down near the Hilton on a Friday night.
They do a mean margarita here and I discovered my new favourite flavour that I have been searching out continuously ever since. Lilikoi is the Hawaiian version of a passionfruit, but in my opinion much more delicious. The lilikoi is not as sweet as the passionfruit I know, leaving a subtle but still noticeable sourness in your mouth. Had as a fruit, syrup, puree, butter, jam, or with tequila as was the case this time, I absolutely love it.
The service was good without being fantastic and the food was very good. HUGE portions once again. ‘Doggy bags’ are still widely used and seen as a normal practice in the US and Hawai’i is no different. We’ve seen quite a few guests at restaurants and cafes taking home the meals they can’t finish!
As you would expect with a great bar and restaurant in Waikiki on a Friday or Saturday night, it gets very busy so I would recommend making a reservation to ensure you get a table when you want it.