I love that you can order small plates and taste everything on their menu yet not feel weighed down by the...heavy food. Submit corrections. While tasty, house chili water isn’t necessary on such perfectly seasoned food. Short answer...yes you can eat gluten free here. The prices are reasonable, and this restaurant has a long history of tradition that makes it one of the best. Anyway, it’s something you have to try when you come to Hawaii. Explore best places to eat stew in Helena and nearby. Helena's has the best we've tasted on multiple islands, creamy, perfect texture with right amount of sweetness and coconut. We ended up with:- short ribs - unanimous fav dish - mac salad - yummy - poi - had to try but not one of our favorites. Fried Butterfish Collar - $6.50 pork , the ribs, the fried fish. never again!! pork has a the flavor of the tara leaves and is very moist and delicious. Support a wonderful local business with amazing food any time you can.
We really enjoy this dim sum style small dishes: you can almost try everything. It was more so the poor quality food, The indifferent staff and the completely over rated reviews. We chose a few dishes to try , their famous (!?) I could have many reasons not to like Helena's. The beef stew was also a hit. Enjoy your visit. Perpetually packed, but the service is snappy. Chili pepper water will be given by request for take-out orders. I believe it comes with the combo plates but you dont have to eat it. I wish I can transport the meal back to the mainland with me, but i guess it's just another reason to come back to Oahu.
Other than that the food is ok. Strawberry â¢ Orange â¢ Root Beer â¢ $2.25 Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor. Short Ribs Pipikaula Style (U.S. Helena's Hawaiian Food, Honolulu: See 841 unbiased reviews of Helena's Hawaiian Food, rated 4.5 of 5 on Tripadvisor and ranked #55 of 2,217 restaurants in Honolulu. fine dinning for sure. Helena's is a staple for local cuisine.
The Lau Lau is just veggie and meat, the squid luau is as well. Specifically that would be an order each of (Hawaiian style) Beef Stew, Helena’s ever-popular Short Ribs Pipikaula Style, Haupia and a bowl of fresh Poi… Short answer...yes you can... As long as you don't get rice or macaroni salad with your meal.
We chose a few dishes to try , their famous (!?) Lau lau, the most traditional of luau dishes, is butterfish and pork compressed in taro leaves and pit smoked. They don’t take reservations. It is as soft, rich, and complex as pate, and as saline as caviar. We got the small and wish we'd ordered the large. It is cash only and limited parking but so worth it.
It comes layered between cabbage leaves that are steamed soft, but remain green and aromatic. The popularity of this place keeps it packed during its limited hours, so get there early and look forward to a real treat. They're known for their short ribs which we ordered plenty and they were delicious. and is conveniently located near the Bishop Museum. We got lucky and managed to get a parking spot and didn't have to wait for a table to open up (this was around 4pm on a Thursday). Very much a family restaurant with very friendly staff. Buttered fish was perfectly cooked, just the right amount of crisp with the fish amazingly juicy and flavorful.
Helena's remains the simple and unpretentious eatery it was over 6 decades ago. The collar is the fattier part of the fish and it was perfectly seasoned and crispy. Liliha, a bakery/cafe famous for such island classics as malasadas and taro donuts, is best-known for its unique Coco Puff. It was also our first taste of Hawaiian hospitality - the staff was so friendly, warm & welcoming and was super patient walking through the menu with us and recommending what to order. I personally rely on eating out for Hawaiian food because it's among the many things I'm unable to cook on my own. They take cash only, parking can be challenging.
Luckily, we did a take out order. We also ordered the fried ahi and butterfish collar which was AMAZING. It is one of the few places to get traditional Hawaiian banquet food without having a whole luau. I love how they give you haupia and onions with salt with your meal. Small portions. Gotta’ say, great choice! Good butter fish and poke. This place is also cash only! Fried Ahi* - $5.35, 1/2 lb: $3.50 â¢ 1 lb: $6.00 â¢ 1 Pan: $19. The pork and short ribs are hands down my favorite. Get quick answers from Helena's Hawaiian Food staff and past visitors.
My husband and I went on a first date there and ate, Friendly people greeting you with a big smile & made me a fresh, Disgusting cold rubber soft shells not even steamed, the. It was a bit out of the way from our hotel so Ubered over.