If one takes the time to read Johnny Kahuku Hawaiian Shrimp House’s menu, they will be introduced to the restaurant’s fictional owner – A young Honolulu man named Johnny Kahuku whose passion for surfing and cooking delicious food led him to create this huge project – A Hawaiian shrimp house! In reality though, the restaurant is owned by the Red Crab group – The team of restaurateurs behind Red Crab Alimango House, and Seafood Island.
Menu: Starters, Greens, Soup, Oysters, Poke, Bucket of shrimps, The shrimp truck, Bucket of crabs, Bucket of seafood specials, Noodles and pasta, Meats and BBQ, Kahuku Ricing, North shore sandwiches, For kids, Sweet endings
I tried their Shrimp and Lobster Roll – With buttered lobsters, tempura shrimps, apple celery slaw, old bay mayos, crunchy bread roll, and double fried fries. Everything about this dish was perfect, it’s just unfortunate that they were fresh out of lobsters when we ordered it (and I’ve always wanted to try a real lobster roll too! ><). The shrimps have this lovely and clean taste, and the bread roll was wonderfully toasted.
Island Pride – A platter containing garlic butter shrimp, crab fat sauce, lato salad, island ceviche, and grilled pork belly bits.
Turon Turon – Chocolate banana turon, toasted coconut, sweetened jackfruit, and sorbetes ice cream.
Not to be confused with the guys who sang ‘Rio’ and ‘Hungry like the wolf’. Look at that gorgeous nest of spun sugar!!! The turon pieces were fabulous, but the mango sauce was a little bit too tangy for my liking.
My parents thought that the whole thing was too overpriced, but I personally liked it, and I would even give Johnny a handshake if he were a real person, hehe. I’m always willing to give certain restos a second chance, and this place is no exception. I just hope they don’t run out of lobster meat the next time I order their sandwich again.
Food: 4/5 (taste) 5/5 (presentation)
Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimp House is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City. Tel no: (02) 8560087. You can also find them at Resorts World Manila. Links: Facebook.