Lucky Belly

Before my husband and I went walking around Kaka’ako to check out all the street art, we grabbed a bite to eat in Chinatown at Lucky Belly.

We arrived around 11:30am and were immediately seated. The restaurant has a loft-ish vibe with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and chairs, and some Japanese school girl/maid paintings hung on some of the walls. For those who like to get their drink on, there is also a full bar. Since there’s only one table that can seat a party of 8-10 (the other tables seat 2-4 people), I don’t recommend coming with more than four people, unless you don’t mind not sitting together or just sitting at the bar.

We shared the pork belly bao and the lucky bowl. The pork belly bao was plated with cilantro, a cucumber slice (that tasted like namasu), sesame seeds, and a hoisin sauce. The bao was über soft and the pork belly was tender and just slightly sweet. You get three pieces with one order. The one bad thing about this dish: you’ll end up wanting to get another order or two.

The lucky bowl consisted of ramen, a soft-boiled egg, wakame (seaweed), bean sprouts, sesame seeds, grated ginger, and dashi (soup base). It’s a good thing my husband and I were sharing because it came in a ginormous bowl. The noodles had a nice chew to them and the dashi had good flavor. The only thing I thought was missing was a little bit of heat. We noticed bottles of chili oil on neighboring tables after we had finished eating.

Our waiter Sean was very polite. He didn’t rush us and kept our water glasses constantly filled. The total price for both dishes was $15 plus tax. Oh and on a totally random note, at one point during our lunch, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer came on. Of course I sang along with it.

Overall verdict: Will return. Next time I’ll remember to ask for the chili oil before I start eating the ramen.

Lucky Belly | 50 N. Hotel Street Honolulu, HI 96817 | 808.531.1888 | luckybelly.com
Hours | Lunch Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm Dinner Monday-Saturday 5pm-12am 
‘The Window’ Thursday-Saturday 10pm-2:30am
Credit cards accepted
Photo Credit | Marcus Hoapili and Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili

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