7945 S Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Mon-Sun: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Located across the street from the Southwest Marketplace, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ is a friendly establishment that makes patrons feel at home. After walking past the restaurant on my way to Loftti, my parents and I decided to give it a try.
Clean, contemporary, comfy–I was immediately impressed by the setup. Wall outlets with USB ports are available at every table, so patrons can charge their phones or laptops while they eat. The staff is friendly and know the menu very well. Bonus: There is a giant can of Spam painted on the wall, which I thought was a quirky way to add some style to the place.
The menu is displayed on electronic screens above the front counter. It is sectioned off by type: beverages, rice and noodle, Chinese dishes, seafood, pork, bowls, burgers and sandwiches, musubis, chicken, beef and combo plates.
The first item I ordered was the “Chicken Cutlet” ($6.50), which consisted of katsu chicken, brown gravy, macaroni salad and rice. The chicken was very crispy, yet easy to bite into. The side of gravy enhanced the chicken’s flavor and reminded me of the chicken katsu from Kabuki. However, the sauce from Kabuki is tangy while Ohana’s is saltier.
While the other Hawaiian places I’ve been to tend to use too much mayo in their macaroni salad, this one had just the right amount. It’s not drowned in sauce and doesn’t make the salad messy. The flavors from the katsu overpowered the macaroni salad, though, making it taste plain.
Growing up with seafood lovers, my family and I couldn’t leave without trying the “Fried Calamari” ($5.95). Resembling onion rings, the calamari was crisp and left breadcrumbs on our fingers. However, the calamari was dry, so adding sauce to the dish would’ve given it more texture.
The next dish I chose was the “Half and Half Combo” ($10.26). At first glance, the portions looked generous. Unfortunately, the meat components of the combo were a bit disappointing. Although packed with flavor, the beef was thinner than I thought it would be, so putting a lot of it made the meal look more filling than it really was. The teriyaki chicken was decent, but more sauce could have been added to give it more taste.
I needed something to drink, so I ordered the “Milk Trio” ($4.50). This was one of the more confusing items on the menu because despite containing three different types of milk, the drink tasted like it came straight from a carton of Horizon. I could tell that most of the sweetness came from the egg pudding that I added. There was also a layer of finely crushed ice that floated to the top, so I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a slush or not.
Ohana Hawaiian BBQ is built around good customer service and comfort. It doesn’t serve the best Hawaiian food I’ve tried, but there are decent flavors that’ll satisfy my appetite when I’m hungry. I recommend stopping by with a few friends if you’re looking for a place to hang out.
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