Just when I thought that the one thing Waikiki was missing was a charming tea-house serving up the best of a grandmother’s kitchen at ever so impressive prices, I heard about the Cream Pot – a quaint, well appointed and utterly delightful tea-house open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Don’t let its most unusual location detract from its appeal – this restaurant may be on the corner of Ala Wai Boulevard and Niu in the nonchalant Hawaiian Monarch Building, but its character and elegant ambience have you whisked away into southern-European charm in a matter of moments.
The rush of Waikiki seems instantly forgotten as you step into enchantment under the white archway to be welcomed by a cute terrace, adorned with three tables, a small waiting area and an English country garden that appears at once so natural and so whimsical. Miniature roses turn their pretty heads to greet you, an abundance of lavender in its lilac hue softens the mood, and the vines overhead reach down and smile at you with their wealth of white flowers. It’s as utterly charming as it is pristine, and the décor inside the main seating area is as appealing, with its soft wood, white accents and decorative flowers.
Unfortunately, the Cream Pot is a little clotted in terms of managing incoming guests, and although you will find numerous tables unclaimed, you will find yourself waiting until management is ready to seat you. Luckily, word on the town is that it’s well worth the wait. If you find yourself doubting this as the time ticks by, ask for a menu and let your eyes and appetite convince you to stay – it is worth the wait.
From omelets and benedicts to European baked eggs, crepes and waffles to fancy French toast, and cappuccinos and iced mochas to a selection of fresh lemonades, the Cream Pot has a menu just large enough to entice all appetites and just small enough to perfect every dish.
Try the classic omelet for a delicious home-style breakfast filled with cured bacon, creamy potatoes and caramelized onions, and served Hawaiian style with a scoop of white rice and a vinaigrette-dressed green salad. Or for the sweet tooth, the apple caramel French toast is a hearty combination of baked apple slices, decadent caramel reduction and a generous portion of French toast baguette. It’s simply splendid, right down to the lavender flower set atop the swirl of whipped cream.
But the real cream on top – the excellent pricing – Le Corden Bleu style dishes ranging from $9 to $14. Phenomenal food at good prices in Waikiki...They sure have me whipped!
Hours: 6:30am to 2:30pm daily
Parking: Validated at the Hawaiian Monarch