HONOLULU -- One
of the best deals in town for a buffet lunch can be had at the
Pyramids on Kapahulu Avenue for $9.95.
It seems as
though people from all walks of life know about this place:
celebrities, politicians, news anchors, beachgoers and tourists.
Its hard to keep a secret when it comes to good food.
The cuisine is
Egyptian and Mediterranean, so I always begin with the Greek salad.
Its a light, refreshing and crunchy start.
Fresh pita bread
sits next to the hummus, a creamy, blended concoction of garbanzo
beans, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice and olive
oil. This is such an addictive dip that almost anything tastes good
with it. The fried falafel balls (deep-fried patties of ground and
spiced garbanzo and fava beans) make a great sandwich when combined
with the hummus and served on pita bread.
Im not shy, so I
venture back for some tabouleh, a mix of bulgur wheat, fresh
tomato, onions, chopped mint leaves, lemon and olive oil. There are
also some out-of-place, spiced french fries on the line as well as
a dish called bamia, which is okra braised in thick tomato sauce,
and basmati rice.
For a meat dish,
try shwarma, a blend of spiced and marinated beef and lamb cooked
vertically on a spit and sliced into thin strips. A little tip:
Take the meat from the lower part of the pan because thats where
all the juicy pieces are; the top strips tend to dry
In another pan,
youll find shwarma chicken, tasting of Middle Eastern spices and
char-broiled smokiness. Top the meats with a tangy and creamy
follows, seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with crushed
an a la carte menu. The spanakopita is a spinach and feta cheese
marriage, wrapped in phyllo dough and baked until golden brown and
moudammas is a simple dish of baked fava beans with lemon, olive
oil and seasonings. Fava beans are a soft, almost creamy bean,
popular in Middle Eastern and Italian cuisines. Another popular
appetizer is stuffed grape leaves with a filling of rice, parsley,
chopped tomato, onions and lemon, steamed and served with a yogurt
An entree to try
would be moussaka, a baked dish of layered, fried eggplant and
ground beef topped with a creamy bechamel sauce. Another is reiash,
lamb ribs that have been marinated for two days and charbroiled
slowly. Then theres shish kabob, cubes of lamb served with basmati
rice. They do a shish shrimp, as well. One more interesting item is
the kibbeh, a mix of ground beef and lamb, cracked wheat, onions,
raisins and pine nuts.
Belly dancing is
the entertainment weeknights at 7:30 and 8:30, earlier on Saturdays
and Sundays; call for times. There is free parking behind the
is a former food writer and restaurant reviewer for the Honolulu
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