'āina

'aina, a "modern Hawaiian eatery" is a welcome new addition to the Dogpatch neighborhood. Hawaiian food traces it's roots to indigenous Hawaiian culture, with more modern influences from Asian countries, such as Japan and Korea; other island cultures, such as Polynesia; and the U.S., such as the introduction of SPAM. (Fun fact: Hawaiians eat 5 million pounds of SPAM  a year)

'aina cooks beloved Hawaiian foods using seasonal ingredients both from the Bay Area and from Hawaii. The name "a'ina" means "the land which feeds us", and 'aina successfully feeds the patrons that enter the doors. 

The brunch dishes are heavy, but filling and tasty. We debated which dishes to try- they all sounded so good! We settled on the following three dishes.

Breakfast Potatoes with kennebec potatoes, aïoli, furikake, compound butter, sunomono, micro mustard greens

Breakfast Potatoes with kennebec potatoes, aïoli, furikake, compound butter, sunomono, micro mustard greens

Punalu’u Bakery Taro French Toast with taro bread, apple wood smoked bacon, macadamia nut crumble, salted coconut caramel, fresh grapefruit, vanilla whipped cream, mint

Punalu’u Bakery Taro French Toast with taro bread, apple wood smoked bacon, macadamia nut crumble, salted coconut caramel, fresh grapefruit, vanilla whipped cream, mint

Smoked Lomi Trout with whole baby greens salad, toasted sesame vinaigrette, radishes, grilled taro sweet bread

Smoked Lomi Trout with whole baby greens salad, toasted sesame vinaigrette, radishes, grilled taro sweet bread