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Hello, Aloha!

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 08:55AM
Komai Ed Fuentes

On the way back to the Arts District, I dropped into a new café in Honda Plaza and found a full menu with a healthy side of backstory.

Downtown’s Little Tokyo was planned to be the second location for the popular Monterey Park restaurant until chef Komai passed away. Jennifer Lee was in charge of operations, but after losing her mentor she took a year off before reopening the business starting last Friday as an owner.

First starting out as a waitress ten years ago, Lee now pays homage to Komai by having his image on the back of the staff’s t-shirts. They arrived Saturday in time to greet some Angelenos who used to travel to Monterey Park for the Loco Moco or the Aloha Bowl.

While I am not up on traditional Hawaiian fare, it will be interesting to see how Downtown’s Hawaiian Culinary aficionados will rate the extensive menu that includes Pork Lau Lau, Kal-B Beef, Kaula Pork, along with Beef Teriyaki Bowls, Kimchee Samin and of course, Spam Musibi (Aloha Café also carries a small breakfast menu).

Prices are reasonable, and according to a few who work in Honda Plaza, the portions are generous. Those not open late night hours, their 9pm close offers a resident friendly dinner addition on the east side of Little Tokyo. And as always, it’s good to see another mid-range priced café open.

Aloha Café

Hawaiian Homestyle Cooking
410 East 2nd Street
(Across from Office Depot in Little Tokyo)
(213) 346-9930
10am – 9pm Monday through Saturday
Closed Sunday


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