Bombay Palace Brings Pakistani Cuisine to Hawaii

bombay-palaceBombay Palace, which opened late last year in the former Monsoon India space in the Discovery Bay Center, augmented its menu by introducing a few new dishes from the home country of owner Imran Khan and his chef, Gul “Kenny” Khan.

The restaurant, which specializes in kebabs and northern Indian dishes such as Vindaloo, Korma, Kadhai, Saag, and coconut curries, also showcases authentic Pakistani dishes not readily found in the islands. However, the restaurant does focus on using ingredients purchased locally so they are the freshest.

The menu at Bombay Palace is replete with northern Indian Halal dishes popular with locals such as Tandoori chicken made in their own clay oven, Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh (tender lamb in a home-made yogurt sauce), Fish Tikka, Baingan Bartha (tandoor-roasted eggplant cooked with tomatoes and onions), along with a variety of naan, paratha, and biryani.

However, the restaurant has also decided to specialize in kebabs—rack of lamb, lamb Boti (boneless pieces of lamb), minced lamb, and chicken, all made fresh to order on a sizzling platter. To throw in a new twist, they decided to include a few Pakistani menu items, such as the Chicken Handi/Kadhai (“handi” refers to something made in a clay cooking vessel), which takes tender chicken cooked in a tomato-based sauce with onions, bell peppers, and spices.

Other dishes from Pakistan include Dhaniya Chicken of Ghosht, a stew made with fresh cilantro, onion, a touch of tomato, and spices and Chicken Reshmi Kebab boasting a creamier marinade than the other kebabs. Most entrees are affordably priced from about $15 to $22.

“Being from Pakistan, it is difficult to find authentic dishes as well as Indian meals that we would traditionally enjoy at our home, so we thought we would prepare them for everyone to enjoy, since Hawaii is now our home,” says Imran Khan, owner of Bombay Palace. “Having been here for only a few years, we found that good kebabs are hard to find, so we decided to also focus on serving a good variety of skewered dishes.”

Bombay Palace is located at the Discovery Bay Center, 1778 Ala Moana Blvd., Space 213.

Four hour parking is available for $1 with validation. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, 365 days a year. For more information and reservations, call (808) 941-5111 or visit For media inquiries, please contact Sean M. Morris at (808) 781-8888.


Epic Kaukau Time Manapua

The 130plus0 creative team (@130plus0) reached out on Twitter to let us know about their new video, “Epic Kaukau Time: Manpua Man Manapua.” On its own, the video is a hoot, documenting the creation of a truly epic manapua. Measuring about two feet across, the crew estimates it at 12,311 calories.

But the real genius comes from the fact that the video is a pitch perfect parody of the “Epic Meal Time” show, a YouTube phenomenon that’s among the top 100 most subscribed shows in the country, and that gets over a million views for each of its videos (one hitting over 5 million views).

The “Epic Kaukau Time” video has certainly struck a nerve, garnering over 13,000 views since it was posted a week ago. It’s also earned mention in Eater NationalFoodbeast, and Serious Eats.

The 130plus0 creative team had posted only five other videos since launching their YouTube channel two years ago with “Monopoly.”

Another “Epic Meal Time” parody is “Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time,” which is already the fifth most subscribed YouTube channel in Sweden.

Miso Ramen at Kiwami Ramen

Miso Ramen at Kiwami RamenFrom foodie and Flickr fanatic Kyle (!!wat_dat!!) comes this beautiful photo and brief essay titled, “It’s about the noodles…

i’m a noodle guy. what you put on the noodles is secondary. so with that in mind, here’s one of my hidden carb loading favorites. kiwami ramen serves a thin noodle that is always cooked al dente perfect. their simple soup bases and toppings do not overwhelm the primary player…the noodles. they don’t serve gyoza or fried rice or chicken katsu…just noodles.

The miso ramen was $9.25 (plus tax). Kiwami Ramen is located in the basement of the Waikiki Shopping Center. You can check out the Kiwami Ramen menu online.

Kiwami Ramen
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
2250 Kalakaua Ave., Suite LL102
Honolulu, HI 96815

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew by Burt Lum

Burt Lum (@bytemarks) lunched today at Downtown @ the HiSAM Restaurant, the restaurant at the Hawaii State Art Museum. He tweeted us this shot of the Lamb Stew. His Twitter review? “Good stew although I had to return the bread because it was burnt. Stew had small bits of lamb and lots of garbanzo beans.”