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About Kan Zaman - Chinatown
Authentic Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine
Honolulu, HI 96813
Moroccan, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday 11am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10:30pm
S. King Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Belly Dancing Wednesday nights
Onsite and offsite catering available
Public Lots across street
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Special Events & Promotions:
Middle Eastern themes
Kan Zaman - Chinatown Ratings and Reviews
Delicious Mediterranean food - nice treat from the many wonderful Asian Fusion dining choices we have in Hawaii. Ordered my usual favorites Baba Ganouge, Kan Zaman Salad (very generous and fresh). The new dish we treated ourselves to was the Badinjan Mahchi - will definitely be ordering again. The red thyme sauce over stuffed eggplant was a satisfying meal on its own.
This restaurant makes a real contribution to the dining scene downtown. The menu is representative of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food and the quality is very good. A bonus is being able to eat outside. Setting is small but adequate. It is a BYOB which contributes to a low price. Very much recommended.
The service was good and I'm glad they do BYOB. However, having been to Morocco and had tajine in multiple cities, I wouldn't call the dish I had authentic. I ordered tajine and my brother ordered lamb couscous. We essentially received the same thing with different grains. It was a place I would tell my friends to go to for ambiance, but not an authentic ethnic dish.
Reservations were made easy via Open Table. The decor was exotic and colorful. Seating was comfortable. We celebrated our friend's birthday. She had lived in Oman, so, enjoyed the food a lot. I can't eat much, so split a chicken sandwich with my husband and ordered the mezze appetizer dish. My friend had the lamb sandwich. The servings were plentiful and very healthy. The waitress was attentive and sweet. The orange water to wipe our hands after the meal was nice!
I usually come here and rather enjoy myself. But this particular time, the staff was completely off - our server was forgetful (came back several time to ask again our orders), clumsy (dropping things on the floor, tripping twice at our table), the kitchen noise level was excessive ( loud talking, independent radio, no one picked up the phone, dishes being tossed around or breaking). I was rather shocked. But food was still great
We were seated quickly and the restaurant was clean and neat. Even though we were surrounded by people, we could still hear ourselves easily. The food service was well paced and the wait staff friendly and helpful. The menu selections were great and the food met our expectations. I will definitely suggest it for more lunch time gatherings.
As always, the food was great. We order 2 dishes (lamb and beef shawarma) and several sides (hummus, tabouleh, falafel, and grape leaves). It was delicious. I like that this is BYOB with no corkage fees. My children also liked the dishes. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown.
The lamb dish was made with some kind of meatloaf type thing which we had to send back as it was greasy and unappetizing. Chicken was okay but expensive for what you get. Slightly below standard food truck quality but served in a cafe setting at cafe prices.
The first time we came with a group of friends and enjoyed it so much, so no surprise that my husband wanted to come here on his birthday. We sat outside which is nice and cozy. We ordered the grilled rack of lamb, lamb kebab, and chicken shawarma. My kids weren't a fan of the grilled rack of lamb. My daughter liked the lamb kebab which looked and tasted like sliced up breakfast sausage patties. My son ordered an orange juice which I didn't bother to look at the price before ordering...turned out to be $8 for a glass of orange juice! It was fresh squeezed so maybe that's why. For dessert we got the lemon bar and chocolate coffee cheesecake. The lemon bar was delicious but the cheesecake was a little to sweet for my liking. Overall it was a good meal with good service and we would definitely come back again.
Tip: You can park at Mark's Garage for a $5 flat rate which is off Nuuanu Ave about a block or two before the restaurant.
Our first time to Kan Zaman. We Really enjoyed everything we ordered especially the spicy hummus with pita bread. The hot mint tea was a refreshing start to a wonderful meal. Both entrees ordered, tajine lamb and beef kabob were perfectly done. Will definitely go back especially since they will also be opening another in Kaimuki.
My expectations were not met. After reading all of the reviews on line I selected this restaurant hoping for a great exotic Moroccan meal, but I was greatly disappointed. There were two things good about this restaurant, the Moroccan Tea and Service. The food was below average, and left a lot to be desired. I would not recommend this restaurant. Pita bread from Costco, falafel greasy, food did not appear to be freshly made...more like store bought and plated. Grape leaves, hardly any filling...mostly leaves.
I ordered the lamb tagine and it came with a plate full of beans which I was not expecting. They weren't bad...just unexpected, I probably should have read the menu closer. The hummus was absolutely wonderful, the best I have had in Honolulu. The orange blossom cheesecake was so-so. It did not taste like orange anything. Better to make something more exotic like orange blossom Bavarian creme or be creative and make orange blossom baklava. I have had it made with rosewater and it was much better than made with honey.
The waitstaff were inexperienced but goodhearted and eager to please even if they snatched the plates off the table as you put the last bite in your mouth.
Rack of lamb, a definite winner. This is a Chinatown restaurant, so the neighborhood can be problematic. Parking is easy at the municipal lot, a great place for byob, very unique dining experience. Most prefer the outside dining in the garden, I like to sit at a table for two right in the window, two very different experiences.
Have been coming here since it opened. Everyone I bring loves the food, the novelty of having a Moroccan/Lebaniese restaurant in town & wants to return. This particular night I brought a friend since childhood (who has years of experience in the food industry) and his wife. They are seasoned travelers and were impressed with the food and the ambience, especially with the back garden section. Co-owner, Chef Kamal came to sit with us for a bit. Some of the items we ordered got "forgotten" between the young man who took our order and the food runner, so we reminded staff about that. The delay was actually fine for us because it gave us a breather between courses. We ordered and shared, the Mezza Sampler, Tabouleh, Falafel, Rack of Lamb and the Fresh Catch Special (Ono or Opah). For dessert we had the Orange Blossom Cheesecake, Baklava and a pot of mint tea. My friends were so happy and loved every dish. The only thing that really surprised us was the price of the pot of tea ($24). Service was friendly and efficient. Overall, my friends were sure they will return and bring others. Another thing that brings credit to this place is the amount of people from Muslim countries eating here. I have spoken with the imam of Honolulu's only mosque and he says that the food served at Kan Zaman is Halal.
I will continue to bring friends looking to widen their gastronomic horizons to eat here.
Middle East restaurants can be a bit predictable but KZ has made sure to augment the staples with some unusual dishes and even the more traditional food is very good quality. The tea is excellent. Feels like the souk. Great lemon bar desert. Loved it. BYOB, no corking fee. Very nice.
Very accommodating staff; we were not rushed, and the food was delicious and authentic. Specials were described slowly and articulately. Portions were generous but not wastefully large. Nice ambiance - ate outdoors. Would recommend and will go back for sure.
We went to Kan Zaman for Valentine's Day! The menu has interesting choices and the food is nicely plated and tasty. The server was a bit slow to get to us after we were seated but was friendly and knowledgeable. The taktouka tomato and roasted pepper salad was a good starter and came with a good supply of pita. My wife had the chicken tajine and I had the lamb tagine; both were excellent, fall off the bone tender and flavorful. The tables in the dining room are a bit small and we would have preferred Moroccan or Lebanese background music instead of rock. We had been on the outside tables in back previously, but they looked crowded and noisy this time. The orange water hand shower at the end was a nice touch. BYOB with no corkage was a bonus, although an ice bucket for our wine would have been appreciated. But, my picky comments are minor and Kan Zaman is on our We Would Go To Again list.
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