Thursday, February 28, 2019

Kialua (Oahu), Hawaii: Yamas Is All Greek To Me, But I liked it!

Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine
1020 Keolu Drive
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone number (808) 263-4075
Website: yamaskailua.com
Prices: $$$$

Good, fresh food and reasonable prices, but a bit heavy on the garlic, even for me. We ordered the baba ganoush ($7) with extra pita and it was OK, but the garlic overpowered the appetizer. 

The service was good even though they got hit with several tables (one six-top and one eight-top) all at once. The tables are all too small, so our party of four felt a bit claustrophobic at a table that would comfortably fit two, maybe three tops. We had to continually maneuver menus, bread plates, water glasses, and meals around to make everything fit and it was tiresome.
The strangest thing was that they do not have a bathroom, so women must use a key to access a public toilet about 100 feet away and men have to go across the parking lot to McDonalds. I did not need to use it, but hopefully you do not need to make a purchase to get the bathroom door code as is the case at McDonalds in many tourist areas.

I had the Gyro ($12), a lamb/beef combo on a soft, warm pita with tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber sauce), lettuce, sliced onion, and tomato. It came with a choice of (one) garlic fries, Greek salad, baba ganoush, hummus or a couple other things or you could choose any two of those for another $3, which was what I did. I got a basket of crispy, garlicky fries and a Greek side salad which had much more lettuce and far fewer olives, cucumber, and tomato than any other Greek salad I have had. It was decent, the gyro big and tasty, and the fries excellent. My wife had the Souvlaki, chunks of chicken on a pita with the same ingredients as my gyro, and it was also quite tasty.
For dessert, we decided to try their baklava, coming two big halves on a plate and some of the tastiest I have had. The pastry topping was light and crispy and the sweet filling a perfect blend of nuts, spices, and honey ... HOOAH!
CombatCritic Gives Yamas 8 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!
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