REAL a Gastropub

Once in a blue moon my husband and I actually get to have a night out without the kids. I love my girls like crazy but it’s nice to be able to have dinner without having to worry about them banging silverware on the table or having to cut up an entire plate of food into tiny pieces.

This past Saturday my husband and I met some friends at REAL a Gastropub, located at the Ward Farmer’s Market (right next to the Ward Consolidated Theaters). It’s a cozy, slightly modern, and inviting space. We were seated in a corner that had a comfy booth on one side and regular chairs on the other. The atmosphere was quite lively, fun, and a little bit loud, mostly because the Niners and Packers game was playing on both their TVs. I didn’t mind the noise so much because it allowed us to play Zombie Dice at the table without much notice.

The staff, especially our waiter Aaron, was extremely attentive, constantly checking if we needed anything and clearing dishes often without making us feel rushed. The prices were decent for pub/bar food, not über cheap but not ridiculously expensive. Parking may be a little hard to find if you go in the evening on a weekend so I suggest getting there by 6pm.

I’m not much of a drinker anymore (for those who are, there were about 30 beers tap that night and they have a bunch more imported bottled beers, wine, and other liquors to choose from) but I’m always up for some really good food. The majority of it was tasty but there were a few misses.

Here’s what we got:

  1. Fried Buffalo Style Deviled Eggs – It had a crunchy coating (perhaps panko breadcrumbs) and was only mildly spicy.
  2. Shishito Peppers with Blue Cheese, Macadamia Nuts & Hawaiian Sea Salt – Slightly bitter bell pepper taste with a roasted eggplant texture.
  3. Beer Braised Pork Poutine – French fries, yes. Cheese curds, yes. Gravy, yes. Fried egg, hells yes. The one thing I thought was missing from this was seasoning for the pork itself. Just a bit of salt and pepper would’ve made it a lot better.
  4. Garlic Candied BaconSweet, smokey, and mapley. It tastes like Canada.* Just be sure to let it sit at your table for a minute before eating it. It’s really (temperature) hot.
  5. Duck Confit “Corn Dog” The house made Guinness mustard was spicy but was a nice compliment to the salty duck and sweet cranberry compote. It’s like Thanksgiving.* This was one of my favorites of the night. Decadent yet comforting at the same time.
  6. Spinach/Artichoke/Jalapeno Hummus with Pita Bites – This dish was just ho-hum for me. Nothing to really write home about.
  7. Duck Fat Fries – French fries cooked in duck fat. Do I really need to say more?
  8. Bone Marrow with Toast Points and Onions – Salty, gelatinous goodness slathered on crunchy bread. Might have to order two plates of these next time.
  9. Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese Fondue – Kind of blah. Nothing spectacular.
  10. Irish Car Bomb Dessert – Of course we had to get something sweet. It’s made with a stout brownie, Guinness gelato, Jameson’s caramel, & Baileys anglaise. Love love love. Will have to recreate something similar to this at home in the future.
  11. Root Beer Float (my drink of choice for the night) – Having ice cream in your drink is always a good thing.

So if you’re ever in the Ward area and are looking for a place to hang out with friends, have a pint, and nosh on some tasty tidbits, give REAL a Gastropub a try. And if happens to be a blue moon, you just might see me there too. 

*Statements made by others.

REAL a Gastropub | 1020 Auahi Street Bldg. 1 Honolulu, HI 96814 | 808.596.2526 |
Hours: Monday – Saturday 2:00pm – 2:00am, closed Sundays
Happy Hour: Monday – Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Food: Limited menu 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Full menu 4:00pm – 11:00pm
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