Ohana Grill: Delicious food with a whole lot of love
You know that feeling when you take a bite of something and you feel right at home? You can just tell that it was made with love. That is how I felt when I took a bite of garlic chicken at Ohana Grill. Masa is the reason you can taste the love in the food. Her customers are her family. Masa says, “I just love to cook and make everyone happy.”
Wayne and Masa Fonoimoana of Laie, Oahu started Ohana Grill a year and a half ago when they discovered that there was a need for a little Aloha in south Utah County. So they decided to fix that and open their own restaurant. Since then they have been spreading the love and giving back. This Thanksgiving, they are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for those in the community who are struggling financially.
Ohana Grill specializes in Hawaiian plate lunch food. I ordered the garlic chicken, which is their most popular dish for a reason. It is delicious. You bite through the crisp, light crust and are hit with this slightly sweet, garlicky deliciousness. Let’s just say that this might need to be a weekly meal for me. It is downright addictive. I gave everyone a taste and the general consensus was that garlic chicken is the star of the menu.
Before I get too far, I probably should mention that the portions are enormous. I honestly think I could have fed my little family of four with that one meal. Each meal comes with a generous scoop of macaroni salad (creamy and delicious) and two huge scoops of white rice. We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly our food was ready. All food is made to order and comes out delicious and fresh. I don’t think that they own a hot plate.
My husband, Nick, ordered the garlic shrimp, another crowd pleaser. He got 6 rich, buttery, jumbo shrimp that were moist and perfectly cooked. My garlic chicken had a subtle garlic flavor combined with sweet. The garlic shrimp, on the other hand, was the epitome of garlic nirvana.
Brent ordered the Kalbi Shortribs, which were tender with a sweet, tangy sauce. Once again, the portions were generous and the pile of shortribs was massive. Christine ordered the Teriyaki chicken, another classic done right. The chicken was perfectly cooked and had just the right amount of sauce. It was so tender that it just melted in your mouth.
Casey went for the Meat Juhn, which is breaded beef strips served with a special sauce. The breading added a nice texture and flavor, giving the dish a nice overall complexity. The special sauce was what stole the show, though. It had a soy sauce base and just the right amount of sweetness. Kristin ordered the Mahi, which was light and flaky with a creamy sauce.
Did I mention the otai? Mmm. Imagine the sweetest, freshest mango you have ever tasted and then put that in a refreshing drink with little bits of mango and you will have an otai. They sell it by the glass or by the gallon.
Every Friday, they offer a Polynesian plate with Tongan, Samoan, and/or Hawaiian food so you can try something a bit more traditional. The Polynesian plate comes with a free slice of cake (sometimes guava cake). I am addicted to guava cake. Imagine the moistest sweet cake you could ever imagine, then cover that with a creamy, almost jello-like layer of guava goodness. Then you have the perfection that is guava cake.
So basically, you need to try Ohana Grill. I know that you are probably like me and have driven by it multiple times, but haven’t taken the time to stop. I am telling you now, stop the car. Ohana Grill is a place worth stopping for and a place worth going back to over and over again. Start with the garlic chicken and then explore from there.
Ohana Grill is located in Springville at 1445 Main Street next to Joe Bandidos. They are open Tuesday-Thursday 11-7, Friday 11-9, Saturday 9-5, and closed Sunday and Monday. Most of the seating is located outside, except for a couple tables inside. You can call ahead for your order too.
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