When I am in Hawaii it always seems to be so easy to eat vegetarian. People there are very into health and whole foods so it is always a pleasure shopping for food and dining out. During my last trip to O’ahu we stopped by Simple Joy which is an all vegetarian, all the time restaurant that sits on the outskirts of Waikiki in Honolulu. They are open 7 days a week for both lunch and dinner.
We stopped by for dinner on a Thursday evening and it was not crowded but there was people there, including a table with a vegetarian child. She was about 8 years old and I over heard her talking about being vegetarian and it was really cute. She seemed so smart and well-informed. Anyway, Simple Joy is small, clean and quite and the staff was friendly and laid back as most Hawaiians tend to be. The menu is quite extensive and spans continents such as Asia, Europe and North America. Every dish they offer is vegan, this means none of their cheeses are dairy based so vegans can feel free to chow down on Eggplant Parmigiana or a Quesadilla with no worries.
I decided to try the veggie burger since that was what I was in the mood for. I added some baked potato fries and some crispy spring rolls and fried tofu for appetizers. The vegetables clay pot sensation was also tried and loved and so was the Thai iced tea. My overall experience at Simple Joy was great, I found the portions to be well sized and reasonably priced. The service was great as was the atmosphere. I would definitely go back next time I am on the island :)
Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine. 1145 South King Street. Honolulu, Hawaii. 96814
(808) 591-9919. Lunch Hours: 10:30am-2:30pm Daily. Dinner Hours: 5:00-9:00pm Daily.
http://www.simplejoyhawaii.com/ Simple Joy Vegetarian Cuisine Homepage.