Scratch Kitchen & Meatery

Phone (808) 589-1669
2.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 1170 Auahi St, Honolulu, HI 96816
Taking your favorite foods and turning them upside down.

• Food Types: American • Food Types: Hawaiian / Plate Lunch
• Payment: $$ - Average - $15 to $30 • Payment: Cards Accepted
• Meals: Breakfast • Meals: Dinner
• Meals: Lunch • Service Type: Table
• Style: Casual • Style: Family Friendly

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Sister restaurant to Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop. Located in Ward Village.
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Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 384
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I had looked at the menu on their website before we decided to have lunch here. After looking at the menus we were given a lot of what I had planned on ordering weren't on there. They had taken away the lunch menu completely. I ordered the burger (my 4th ish choice), which there are no substitutes allowed... It took over 30 minutes to get our food, but they only bring his food and not mine. As a rule of thumb food for the whole table should be brought together not 5 minutes apart. The egg was over hard yolk wise but the top was still raw. So I scrapped off the nasty bits and went to eating. The burger itself was bland, the only thing giving it flavor was the bacon (yummy). The kimchee was mild for Hawaii. It was an ok burger. The whole place is wide open so it is difficult to talk to anyone including the servers. Every employee on the floor seemed to be our server so a few extras were forgotten. Overall not a great experience for me. It's a nice place if you like that sort of thing. But it's not really my bag baby.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
Are you the pretentious type? Then this is your restaurant! It's super trendy and attracts a younger crowd. Inside it's all open with hard materials (that reflect sound) so it's super loud. Why anyone enjoys having to shout at their dining partner just to talk is beyond me. Don't bring a first date here!

The menu is tiny with just a few items. I went with their Chimichanga. It was okay but the meat was super bland, like it had zero seasoning on it (odd for a place calling itself a Meatery). The cheese sauce was delicious so those bites were good. They cut the Chimi in half (and a diagonal of course) and then cut the ends off so they could stand it on end on the plate. You know, because presentation is all the rage at these places (even though my plate had a huge chip out of it). That means they wasted food because the ends got tossed. And the ends are the best part! The pinto beans were amazing though.

It didn't come with rice so I ordered a side of rice with black beans. For $4 I got a small pile of rise mush with a couple of black beans in it. The rice had zero flavor but mixed with the pinto beans was good.

My dining partner got their burger which was too tall to eat with your hands. It was served on a piece of wood. So here's this messy burger with a side salad on a small slab of wood with no sides / lip to keep all of the juices contained. On top of that, it's a slab of wood! How clean can you possibly get a piece of wood? The sides had bark still on it, imagine the nastiness stuck in that bark. And the bark was held on with rusty staples poking out. Seriously, who thinks of this nonsense?

The service here is odd. You don't have a single server throughout the meal like a normal restaurant. Whoever is near just takes your order and someone else delivers and someone else checks on you. It's a little chaotic and probably why I never got the hot sauce I was offered when they first checked up on us. It wasn't bad service but not great.

The prices aren't too bad for the most part but I just don't see the appeal in this place at all and won't be returning.
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