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New Kailua breakfast, brunch spot, ready to open

July 12th, 2016
Kailua Eggs ($12), a Nik Lobendahn signature dish riffing on congee, comprising rice, Portuguese sausage, rice and two sunny-side-up eggs from Waimanalo, with Lobendahn's special bacon-cabbage broth poured tableside.

Kailua Eggs ($12), a Nik Lobendahn signature dish riffing on congee, comprises rice, Portuguese sausage, rice and two sunny-side-up eggs from Waimanalo, with Lobendahn's special bacon-cabbage broth poured table-side. Photo by Erika Engle.

A media preview this morning offered a glimpse of savory and sweet breakfasts, and savory lunches to come, starting Wednesday morning in Kailua. Those who aren't early risers but still love breakfast fare will appreciate that breakfast is served as long as the restaurant is open.

Over Easy, at 418 Kuulei Road, is the fruition of a longtime dream for Nik and Jen Lobendahn, both alumni of chef and restaurateur Alan Wong's culinary empire.

Put the toast and bacon on the side, mix up the remaining ingredients in the bowl, and dig in using toast and/or bacon. Photo by Erika Engle.

Put the toast and bacon on the side, mix up the remaining ingredients in the Brunch Bowl, and dig in using toast and/or bacon. Photo by Erika Engle.

The Brunch Bowl (above, $11) is served with sourdough toast made from a starter that Jen Lobendahn has been feeding for seven years. It is delicious. Also served with the bowl, the bacon and the toast can be used in place of utensils once the remaining contents in the bowl are mixed together, stone-pot-bi-bim-bap style. Lobendahn makes his own yogurt and tomato jam, and adds avocado, spinach and soft-cooked OK Farm eggs from Waimanalo.

Okinawan sweet potatoes, lomi tomato, OK Farm eggs, green goddess dressing, cilantro. Photo by Erika Engle.

Okinawan sweet potatoes, lomi tomato, OK Farm eggs and cilantro atop a bed of restaurant-made kalua pork, surrounded by a swirl of green goddess dressing. Photo by Erika Engle.

 

Potato puree, bacon crumble, French bread, topped with poached eggs, served with greens. Photo by Erika Engle.

French bread, topped with poached eggs, potato puree and crumbled bacon, served with greens. Photo by Erika Engle.

The Potato n’ Eggs ($13) is Chef Nik's playful take on Eggs Benedict, using flavorful potato puree in place of Hollandaise sauce, perfectly poached OK Farm eggs from Waimanalo atop French bread, topped with a bacon crumble and served with greens. Because you may share the writer's interest in egg-yolk porn, the following photo is provided as a bonus.

Because you too, might enjoy a close up of the luxurious, silky egg yolk the dish offers. Photo by Erika Engle.

Sigh. Photo by Erika Engle.

 

Soaked in custard and coated in crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, this thick and hearty French Toast is crunchy and creamy. The restaurant-made blood orange creme fraiche adds another dimension of dreaminess. Photo by Erika Engle.

Soaked in custard and coated in crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, this thick and hearty French Toast is crunchy and creamy. The restaurant-made blood orange creme fraiche adds another dimension of dreaminess. Photo by Erika Engle.

Custard French Toast (Full order $13, half-order $8). The thick-sliced Punaluu sweet bread from Hawaii island is soaked in custard and coated with crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and is served with blood orange creme fraiche and berries. The toast takes 15 minutes to bake, and is absolutely worth the wait. It could just be the best French Toast you will ever encounter.

Chef-made pork sausage by Nik Lobendahn of Over Easy, in Kailua. Initially porky and sweet, the kick of chili pepper flakes intensifies slightly at the end of each bite. Photo by Erika Engle.

Chef-made pork sausage ($5) by Nik Lobendahn of Over Easy, in Kailua. Initially porky and sweet, the kick of chili pepper flakes intensifies slightly at the end of each bite. Photo by Erika Engle.

A side order of Crispy Mixed Potatoes ($4) is just that, crispy and flavorful outside, soft and comforting inside. Photo by Erika Engle.

A side order of Crispy Mixed Potatoes ($4) is just that, crispy and flavorful outside, soft and comforting inside. Photo by Erika Engle.

 

Lunch at Over Easy is served beginning at 11 a.m., though breakfast is available during all hours of operation.

Fried chicken sandwich ($11). Buttermilk-brined chicken breast, breaded with signature mixture and fried; served with cole slaw and Asian aioli on a French roll, and a choice of mixed greens or French fries. Photo by Erika Engle.

Fried chicken sandwich ($11). Buttermilk-brined chicken breast, coated with a signature breading mixture and fried; served with cole slaw and Asian aioli on a French roll, and a choice of mixed greens or French fries. Photo by Erika Engle.

One of the four standard lunch choices is a Fried Chicken Sandwich, comprising buttermilk-brined chicken breast, breaded and fried, and served atop a French roll with Asian aioli. Also on the menu are a Quinoa and Mixed Seed Salad ($10); the Over Easy burger ($10); or the Coconut Shrimp Burger ($13).

Keiki can choose a grilled cheese sandwich ($6) or fried chicken strips ($8) for lunch, offered with a choice of carrot sticks or French fries.

Over Easy serves Kailua-based Chadlou’s Roast Coffee, made with beans grown on Maui, roasted especially for the restaurant. Other drinks include its signature Bloody Mary made with fresh tomatoes, onion, wasabi, celery salt, house-pickled vegetable and bacon; a lilikoi mimosa, and among other non-alcoholic choices, bright and refreshing  Calamansi limeade.

The Bloody Mary at Over Easy is a unique and eye-popping blend of fresh tomatoes, wasabi, pickled vegetables and bacon. Photo by Erika Engle.

The Bloody Mary at Over Easy is a unique and eye-popping blend of fresh tomatoes, wasabi, pickled vegetables and bacon. Photo by Erika Engle.

In addition to traditional mimosas, Over Easy offers a lilikoi mimosa. Photo by Erika Engle.

In addition to traditional mimosas, Over Easy offers a lilikoi mimosa. Photo by Erika Engle.

The non-alcoholic drink includes calamansi and lime juices, lime zest and simple syrup. Photo by Erika Engle.

This refreshing non-alcoholic Calamansi Limeade includes calamansi and lime juices, lime zest and simple syrup. Photo by Erika Engle.

Over Easy will open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. It will open for its regular hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays, its regular schedule will be Tuesdays through Sundays, 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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One Response to “New Kailua breakfast, brunch spot, ready to open”

  1. Jennifer Leobendahn:

    Thank you for such a nice article Erika!


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