Cinnamon’s at the ‘Ilikai (Hawaii 2017): Guava Chiffon Pancakes
When we were planning our trip to Hawaii, the one place that I really wanted to try was Cinnamon’s. You just have to take one look at their pancakes and you can’t help but start to salivate… and I’m not even a real fan of pancakes usually.
There are 2 Cinnamon’s locations on Oahu… the one on the windward side (east) in Kailua and the one that we visited in Waikiki inside the Ilikai Hotel (sandwiched between The Modern and The Grand Waikikian by Hilton). This is a popular breakfast place so we had to wait for a short while to get seated. As it happens, we wound up with bar seating facing out towards the Ala Wai Boat Harbour (this is the harbour that the Minnow left for a “three hour tour” on Gilligan’s Island).
This turned out to be a really great spot and we wound up enjoying our Lilikoi and Mango Mimosas ($7 each) while we waited for our breakfast to arrive. This dining area is open-air so there were plenty of little birds looking for crumbs (they weren’t a nuisance and there are signs discouraging patrons from feeding the birds).
We ordered the Crab Cakes ($14.25) which is made from lump and snow crab as well as bay shrimp. The crab/shrimp mix is packed loosely, pan-fried, and served with two eggs, a really nice aioli dipping sauce and fresh pineapple.
This is the Guava Chiffon Pancakes ($8.75 for a two-stack). It’s difficult to tell in this picture but these pancakes were massive. The soft, fluffy pancakes are topped with a sweet light pink syrup and a darker pink syrup that is a bit tart and topped with whipped cream. The whipped cream melts quickly so make sure to take a picture of this dish as soon as it arrives otherwise the whipped cream will slide right off.
I added a side of crispy bacon to my pancakes for $6.95. Despite being full, we couldn’t help but keep eating these pancakes.
We liked this place so much that we came back for a revisit later in the week. On our second visit, service was a bit slower and we had to ask them to check on our drink order because they forgot to bring our cranberry and guava juice.
The Hawaiian Omelette ($13.75) has kalua pork, diced tomato, white and green onions, and lu’au leaves. Yes, we got the Guava Chiffon Pancakes upgrade for this dish 🙂
I ordered the Kalua Pork Benedict Super Combo with tomato and spinach ($18.75) and country tots. Okay… before you say anything about the tater tots in this dish… they were ahh-mazing!
The kalua pork was super tender and the poached eggs had nice runny yolks which coated those crispy tots. I’m not sure if they fried these tater tots twice but they were super crunchy and I couldn’t stop eating them. This isn’t your average tater tot!
Overall, we really enjoyed our meals at Cinnamon’s… especially the Guava Chiffon Pancakes and those tots! They have a location open in Las Vegas so we might need to check them out the next time we’re in Sin City.
1777 Ala Moana Boulivard #180 (in the Ilikai Hotel)
Honolulu, HI waikiki
Posted on June 14, 2017, in Breakfast, Brunch, Hawaiian, Restaurant Review and tagged Breakfast, Brunch, Crab Cakes, Food, Guava Chiffon Pancakes, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Honolulu, Kalua Pork, Kalua Pork Benedict, Mimosa, Oahu, Pancakes, restaurant review, Tater Tots, Waikiki. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.