Words + Photos: Vina Cristobal
I’m a selective foodie. In terms of trying new restaurants, I’ve always either been picky and refuse to eat anything on the menu, or on rare occasions, adventurous with a curious appetite for the unfamiliar.
When walking into Kan Zaman, I was the latter.
First Fridays was in full swing at that time, which has been at on Nuuanu Avenue in Downtown for nearly three years. Though a familiar location to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Honolulu for some time, it was our first time strolling into the Moroccan-centric venue.
Red walls streamlined with teal-colored patterns, along with the sounds of upbeat Moroccan music, greeted us. The restaurant seemed small, but the waiter had led us to a tiny patio with crystal chandeliers, located at the back of the restaurant.
Fast-forward to the food. I’ve had my share of Mediterranean food when ordering from The Fat Greek, but prepare your tastebuds for a spicy, flavorful venture.
The chicken shawarma is a blend of all types of flavors – ranging from the spice of its grilled chicken to the creaminess of the baba ghanouge, which complements the pieces of pita bread on the side.
Meanwhile, the grilled rack of lamb topped off with soft Moroccan mashed potatoes smothered in a subtle porcini mushroom sauce.
Most of the menu selection contains beef, lamb and chicken, but fish and vegetables are also on the list. A vegetarian version of the restaurant’s signature couscous is available, as a variant for its customers.
For a traditional Mediterranean meal with a contemporary vibe, Kan Zaman promises to bring the “good old days” (the English translation of the restaurant from its Moroccan origins) of the owners’ pastimes into the present.
1028 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817
Mondays – Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
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