Island Style Café – Hawaiian restaurant in San Diego, CA
Do you think L & L is good enough? Well, this place is way way better!
Island Style Café is a family business. The first time I went there because I saw a really good deal on groupon.com and decided to try it out. The restaurant is relatively small only have about 10 tables, but not too crowded. The service is ok, nothing to complain or rave about. Pretty standard! The price is pretty cheap (it was only one $ sign on Yelp.com.) For 2 big meals (with a little left over), dessert and soft drinks, we ended up with about $30 bill, so I think I agreed with the Yelpers.
My first time at the restaurant was on Sunday, so it was pretty quiet. I think it’s usual for small business, especially for its quiet neighbor (on Santo Rd. just off HW 52). My husband ordered Teriyaki Beef, I had Kalbi BBQ Mix plate, and we both shared a crepe. They were amazingly good – way much better than those we had at L & L both quality of meat and taste. The Kalbi was so great, perfectly seasoned and they also came with two sides: fried rice and side salad with their house dressing (I think it was mango dressing). The salad was so yummy, such a great comparing with a little fatty meal. The crepe was something unexpectedly good. It is more like a thin pancake than crepe to me, but so delicious.
Our second time was also great. We went on Tuesday’s evening which the restaurant had a deal 2 for $20 – big score for us once again! We tried Island BBQ Chicken and Korean Chicken with 2 sides: fried rice and Macaroni Salad (I think we had to add a dollar more for fried rice). They both satisfied our taste bud and even better with a little bit of Siracha Sauce. BBQ dish is a safe dish - good but nothing crazy about it. The Korean chicken had a sweet taste with it and its crispiness made it such a fun dish. Again, we ended our meal with a small crepe and it was still a good pick!
(These two pictures taken by my BB might not do a good justice.)
After the second attempt, my most favorite dish is Kalbi and I highly recommend the crepe!