For a glorified breakfast, go to Cooland on Keeaumoku Street – a dessert shop known for its waffle ice cream ala mode. While it’s as much a mouthful as it is to say, the sweet treat hits the spot no matter what time of day it is.
We went there at night, but from what I’ve been told, customers come here for breakfast, too. Instead of topping it with ice cream, they top off their waffles with bananas and fruits. A breakfast for champs and semi-healthy way to start the day, I guess, but I’m still partial to the ice cream!
Turns out, this new spot is actually similar to the nearby Frost City. Both serve Taiwanese-style shave ice; however, Cooland has a few more options to satisfying your sweet tooth. They serve acai bowls, icee drinks, bubble teas and local li hing snacks. I saw halo halo on the menu, too, which is a popular Filipino dessert made with shave ice, evaporated milk and ume ice cream. This mix of Asian-influenced desserts fits right into its current spot because just a few steps away is an Asian foods market.
Cooland’s a convenient pit-stop after a day of shopping at Ala Moana. It’s also very cheap. Almost everything on the menu is under $10, so if you’re looking for an affordable date night spot, Cooland could be the perfect option. Of course, with a small price comes small portions. The waffle dessert wasn’t the most filling nor was the scoop of Mud Pie ice cream we also ordered. But it was the right amount for us. Next time, though, I want to try the halo halo. It looked peculiarly delicious.
COOLAND • 815 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu, HI 96814 • Opens Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm • 808-953-2233