Musubi Cafe Iyasume is one of the top restaurants to eat in Waikiki. Located under the Aqua Pacific Monarch Hotel is this little cafe serving up musubi, a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii. It is made up of a slice of Spam on top of rice, wrapped with seaweed. It is inexpensive and tastes great. It’s hard to find good musubi in North America, so when visiting Hawaii, this is a must have.
The cafe is narrow. One side is the area to order and the other half is seating. There isn’t too many seats but it looked like most people were taking to go. We came here twice on our trip and the first time we ate in the shop and then the last one was back at the hotel. Both times it wasn’t too busy here are we came in the evening around dinner time.
The menu is large but you will find poke, onigiri, musubi, rice bowls, and bento boxes. Everything is under $10 which is great.
When you put in your order, you get an electronic device that buzzes when your order is ready. Then you know when your food is ready.
The classic spam musubi has spam with a teriyaki glaze with rice and seaweed. Even with the big mound of rice, the saltiness of the spam and teriyaki sauce work well with all that rice. The texture and heat of the rice was spot on.
Eel, egg, shiso leaf and spam musubi
This is one of the more deluxe musubi was delectable toppings. I loved the eel as it had a great flavour and melts in your mouth.
Bacon, egg, avocado, and spam musubi
Mmmmm bacon. The avocado adds a creamy texture to the musubi, but this makes for a great breakfast.
If you’re out and about, you can grab them to go as it’s all wrapped up in plastic wrap.
Ahi Poke Bowl
The Ahi Poke Bowl is made of tuna, sesame oil, soy sauce, onion and a bed of rice. I thought it was pretty good and not overly marinated. It is a tad salty, so you’ll need to eat it with a bite of rice.
Mini Eel Bowl
The mini bowls are a good size. It has rice, sauce, two pieces of eel, and one piece of tamago. I really enjoyed it.
You’ll definitely want to come here for the musubi, but don’t forget about their other items on the menu. If you want something small as well, try their mini bowls. The eel bowls, curry bowls, and poke are good too.
We Rate Musubi Cafe:
2427 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI