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Your Next Lunchtime Destination: Carval Café

An everyday-gourmet restaurant and a kamaaina catering company under one roof may seem like an unwieldy prospect. But Carval Café has made it a winning combination since opening in March 2011.

At the restaurant, executive chef Ceferino Maduli offers bistro-style gourmet plate lunches, including crowd-favorite Slow Braised Spicy Garlic Sauce Short Ribs, Panini sandwiches, fresh salads and fresh fish daily. Trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America and with more than 20 years of culinary experience, Maduli brings fine-dining flair to such specials as Seared Ahi with Lobster Brown Butter. Freshly baked breads and dessert pastries are created daily by pastry chef, Jill Yamashita, the owners’ daughter. The Café’s signature Sweet Potato French Fries have become the not-to-be-missed specialty.

“We wanted to raise the bar at our newest location and the response has been tremendous,” says owner Carl Hamada, chief executive officer of Shopping Services of Hawaii (the parent company) which has been doing business for more than 20 years delivering Lunch Bunch meals to schools and senior centers.

The company also operates Carval Catering and Carval Express lunch wagon out of its Waterfront Plaza location.

Carval Café plans to offer fully catered holiday “meals to go” for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Currently serving lunch, the Café is exploring a breakfast menu featuring Island favorites, such as Sweetbread French Toast and more.

Find it at: Waterfront Plaza
Building 2, Suite 2B, 500 Ala Moana Blvd


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