Tilia Exquisite Aloha is a cafe located directly beneath the yoga studio I teach at in Waikiki (Yogaloha). If you haven’t already surmised by the name, it is a very Japanese-targeted (and possibly/probably owned) place. When I saw it pop up on Groupon, I figured it was a good time to check it out. One weekend after my class, Kiyo and I went for brunch. It definitely felt like a tourist destination and I don’t enjoy the decor, which combines retail along the walls of the restaurant.
We split two items: a waffle sandwich (I don’t know… but their menu seemed to feature this oddity, so we went for it) and a pitaya bowl. The sandwich sounds like it would be good (turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese, green apple) but it just wasn’t. So far, all waffle-sandwiches I’ve tried have been terrible (remember this one?) and this was no exception. It sounds like possibly a good idea to make a sandwich on a waffle, because you’d get salty and sweet, but it just doesn’t work. The salad and small side of fruit I liked a lot, except the dressing was way too sweet and ruined it for me.
Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, has gained a lot of popularity lately in Hawaii. It can be used to make pitaya bowls, similar to the beloved acai bowl. Our bowl was awesome; it came with yogurt, granola, honey and lots of fresh fruit. I really enjoyed it, but it would have been pricey without our Groupon.
Tilia Exquisite Aloha
Location: 403 Kaiolu St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Phone : 808-888-2011