Basalt At Duke’s Lane: Where Black Charcoal Buttermilk Pancakes Are A Thing

If you’ve been to Waikiki then it’s very likely that you’ve shopped in an ABC Store – the ubiquitous everything store for visiting tourists (and locals). Duke’s Lane Market & Eatery is a new concept food hall from the founders of ABC Stores. Of the handful of eateries in Duke’s Lane, Basalt stands out as the most modern and refined. Think fancy casual.

We visited Basalt for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by executive chef Keith Kong’s contemporary menu.

As always, coffee to start. At Basalt, they serve 100% Kona Coffee from Koko Crater Coffee Roasters.

The staff was friendly and pleasant.

No local breakfast menu is complete unless the humble loco moco is featured. This is Basalt’s take on the popular local dish.

This is the Pork Belly Fried Rice. I found myself thinking of the roasted pork belly days after we enjoyed this dish. I’m ordering this again, hopefully sometime soon.

Glistening pork belly, mmmmm.

Say hello to Basalt’s signature breakfast item, their Charcoal Buttermilk Pancakes. The strawberry guava sauce and mixed berries provide a nice contrast to the stark black pancakes. And can I get a takeaway container filled with that dark whipped cream…it was so good. The dark color of the buttermilk pancakes is derived from coconut ash made from coconut shells. Interested? These pancakes are a must try.

Basalt Waikiki
Inside of Dukes Lane Market & Eatery
2255 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815