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Sep 10, 2010 06:54 PM

After Dinner Coffee and Desserts (O'ahu)

My friends often like to go for coffee and desserts after eating dinner. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be many good places to do this. What's a "good place?" For me, a good after dinner place has a good ambiance to sit and talk, plus good dessert and coffee. That's about it.

Our favorite place is probably Cafe Laufer (although I don't care for the interior decor, but it's good enough). Love both the desserts and coffee there. (I wish they would stay open later.) Some other places:

Satura Cakes
Kaka'ako Kitchen. They're not known for their desserts, but you can get good cake here and at a good price. (Most coffee/dessert placs like Laufer can be pricey.)
Cheesecake Factory (bad parking, can be crowded)

I must say that I'm not a big fan of the Japanese flavored dessert/coffee places like Palm d'Or or Panya. I don't care for the contemporary decor (which is sort of cold) and the sponge cake type of desserts really do thrill me.

Any other suggestions?

Cheesecake Factory
2301 Kalakaua Ave Ste 113, Honolulu, HI 96815

Cafe Laufer
3565 Waialae Ave Ste 107, Honolulu, HI 96816

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  1. You could try Little Oven, JJ's and Tango for desserts. I think that Tango serves the best coffee. JJs can be pricey, but they have more choices than Cafe Laufer. Little Oven is small and the owner tends to be inconsistent with her hours. She updates her Twitter page (@liloven) with her hours and specials:

    The Little Oven:
    JJ Bistro & French Pastry:

    Cafe Laufer
    3565 Waialae Ave Ste 107, Honolulu, HI 96816

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    1. re: Moanalua

      I like JJ's (good coffee, although the desserts can be a little petite) and I've only been to Little Oven once (the unpredictable hours is a turn off), but I don't think I've eaten dessert at Tango. What would you recommend?

      Btw, are there other restaurants that people would recommend to go to for desserts--espeically later at night?

      1. re: Jazzaloha

        I like the Kona coffee ice cream cake while my wife favors the Affogato di Gelato.

    2. Nobu Waikiki's dessert menu is pretty amazing. Head and shoulders above the competition. My reasons:

      - I don't know of any other restaurant on the island employing "new cooking" or "molecular gastronomy" techniques in their pastry dept. The pastry chef is truly a master of her craft.
      -Most Honolulu restaurants outsource their frozen dessert production (gelato, sorbettos, ice creams, etc.) to La Gelateria (closes at 5 PM weekdays). Not Nobu. They make their own gelato in house!
      -Taste taste taste. I've tried half of the menu, and they taste flat out delicious. Interesting combinations of flavors and textures and temperatures. Frozen crunchy cacao nibs with soft creamy chocolate-hazelnut/gianduja cremoso and pomegranate
      -Visually stunning. Wow any date. See for yourself (photo credits to this photographer, not me):
      -Open late. lounge seating until midnight
      -I think they have a late night happy hour?
      -No reservations needed for lounge seating
      -I think they validate parking nearby. Waikiki Parc hotel?

      Nobu Waikiki
      2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

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      1. re: wavsurfer

        Do they a dress code? Is it kosher to come just for dessert?

        1. re: Jazzaloha

          I don't know if they have a formal dress code, especially for the bar/lounge seating area. It's a nice joint, but certainly not jacket-required or anything like that.

          I've gone for dessert-only several times, sitting in the lounge area (maybe a bit louder than the dining room). Call ahead and you can probably make a reservation for dessert-only.

      2. Cafe Laufer and Little Oven are both great rec's (and yes LO's hours are an issue). I'm probably gonna be lambasted for this but if it's really late and you don't mind the drive, it is really hard to beat the strawberry pie at Anna Miller's in Aiea/Pearlridge for a good sugar rush. Coffee there is decent. And don't forget coco puffs at Liliha bakery if you don't mind downscale.

        Cafe Laufer
        3565 Waialae Ave Ste 107, Honolulu, HI 96816

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I like hanging out at Anna Miller's, but they seemed to be always crowded.

          I like Liliha Bakery, too, but it's not a place to sit and hang out. (They are 24 hours, though.)

          One of the other places I forgot to mention (although they're closed for renovation now) is Bob's Big Boy (not Bob's BBQ). They actually have some pretty good pies/desserts. I'm really like pecan pie, and they make a good one.