Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wake up to Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast

Nadine Kam photos
My introduction to Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast was a kale and quinoa salad with roasted kabocha, tamari-toasted sunflower seeds and two poached eggs, that had me feeling light on my feet.

Here’s a look at some of the items on the new Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast menu to coincide with my review in the paper today.

The breakfast nook is the first Honolulu sitdown restaurant for Tony and Cecily Ho Sargent, but the two are no strangers to the food biz, as serial restaurateurs who ran a trio of breakfast and sandwich shops in Manly, a beach suburb outside of Sydney, Australia.

The couple returned to Cecily’s hometown to raise family, and while they paid homage to Hawaii by naming one of their Australia eateries Honolulu Grill; Tucker & Bevvy does the opposite with a name that is Australian slang for “food and drink.”

Before launching the restaurant, the couple started with Tucker & Bevvy Picnic, which opened last fall in the Park Shore Hotel at 2586 Kalakaua Ave. It offers take-out fare with a healthy bent as a convenience to visitors and Waikiki residents, but is really not a destination spot, unless you’re a vegetarian or vegan.

The Tim Tam waffle.

Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast is a destination, with a combination of “normal,” plus healthy morning options, many unique to this restaurant, including a stir-fry chunky prime rib roast beef “hash” ($14.50) with red onions, fingerling potatoes and eggs over easy, and the Tim Tam waffle ($9.50) topped with vanilla ice cream and a couple of the chocolate malt biscuit and crumbled biscuits.

A kale and quinoa salad ($12.50), and plate of lentils and chicken sausages ($12.50) take the gluten-free diner into account.

Rounding out the menu are healthful juice options; sandwiches that include a B.L.T. ($8.50) with organic greens and avocado thrown in, and a burger ($12.50) “with the lot” of bacon, cheddar, grilled onions, beets and sweet chili mayonnaise; and yes, sides that include strips of crispy applewood-smoked bacon for $4.

If you believe life is not worth living on a restricted diet, go ahead and splurge on fluffy ricotta pancakes topped with strawberry compote ($9.50).

Craveable ricotta pancakes topped with strawberry compote.

A warm lentil salad with spinach, sliced chicken sausages and two eggs.

For finicky eaters, don't worry, there's also the tried and true, such as this side of bacon for $4.

Tucker & Bevvy’s burger "with the lot."

 A roasted veggie omelet stuffed with eggplant, peppers, sweet potato, zucchini and mozzarella, then graced with pesto.

Mushroom rosti is a fresh hash brown topped with balsamic mushrooms, spinach and two eggs.

Comfort fare of fried rice tossed with morsels of garlic-pepper chicken.

Tucker & Bevvy Breakfast is in the Hee Hing Plaza, 449 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 203. Open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Call 732-0050.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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