Dreamers Homestyle Café is a dream come
true for its clients and the family who runs the restaurant
at 1138 Fort Street Mall.
Dreamers opened on May 2, with prices not exceeding $10. Edralyn
Verona and Adela Visitauon, sisters and owners of the venue,
ensure a variety of dishes inspired by Pacific, Filipino, and
Italian flavors, all masterly cooked by couple Ryan and Belle
Palacay, and Adela Visitauon.
We planned to open a restaurant for so many years when our dad
was still alive,” said Belle Palacay, 36, a part-time nurse
who now helps in the kitchen, and specializes in making desserts. “My
sisters [Edralyn Verona and Adela Visitauon] were working with
other restaurants and my father was a very good cook. May 2 was
Palacay said that the most popular dishes are fettuccine Alfredo,
furikake mahi, and cordon bleu, which comes with the specials
menu. Cordon bleu (only $6.99, full order) is two chicken breasts
stuffed with ham, spinach, and cheese and a side of roasted potatoes
and vegetables: a culinary miracle, served every Tuesday. My
favorite is the furikake mahi ($7.29 half order, $8.49 full order),
a dorado fish breaded with panko and nori, served with stir-fry
vegetables and a choice between brown or white rice.
The most popular desserts are the Okinawan sweet potato haupia
($3.29), and the pumpkin roll with cream cheese ($1.99). The
Okinawan sweet potato haupia is a layered cake with silky haupia
at the top of mashed Okinawan sweet potato and thin shortbread
The best part of the menu is that every item is homemade and
We do everything from scratch,” Palacay said. “For
the haupia, we use coconut milk, sugar, coconut flakes, and corn
starch,” said Belle. Don’t fail to try the rum cake
($1.99), a pleasant blend between salt and sweet with the crunchiness
of peanuts at the top.
A must-try are the burgers, made of juicy ground beef and paired
with delicious French fries. The best I’ve tried is the
teriyaki burger ($5.99) with sautéed onions, lettuce,
tomato, pickles, mayonnaise, and mustard.
Dreamers also offers rich breakfast options from 6 a.m. to 11
p.m., catering orders, and take-out. The restaurant is not the
dark, smelly hole, typical of Fort Street’s eateries. It
is warmly decorated with a simple, yet colorful, bouquet of flowers
on each table with modern and minimalist furnishings. The restaurant
is framed by large windows looking out towards the street.
Add to that, the value. The prices are reasonable and the portions
Palacay said that full-size dishes are often split between two
people and include two scoops of rice. If you are not a big eater,
there is the half portion choice with one scoop of rice, still
at a reasonable price and size.
The service is efficient and meals carefully prepared no matter
how busy. “We keep all things already chopped and prepped,
so it’s just the cooking,” explained Palacay.
HPU students get a 10 percent discount on all meals, and if you
check out the the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, you get an additional
10 percent discount.
Dreamers is the best and healthiest reward for a hungry soul.
Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to
4 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Dreamers at