My dad worked in Chinatown so as a little girl growing up in Honolulu, I went to Chinatown regularly. I don’t frequent it much now because I don’t work in town and parking can be a bear. Some of my friends had tried Lucky Belly and raved about it.
The girls and I decided to go to Lucky Belly this weekend. I wanted to go on Sunday for lunch but Lucky Belly is closed on Sunday so we ventured down to Lucky Belly on Saturday afternoon . When we got to the restaurant, there was a line of 8 people in front of our party of three. We were told that it would be about a 20 minute wait.
I tried calling for reservations but Lucky Belly does not take reservations for lunch.
For those familiar with Chinatown, Lucky Belly is located in the former space of Mini Garden. However, the place does not look the same. The decor is contemporary.
I ordered the Belly Bowl ($14) which is ramen with bacon, sausage, and belly. The ramen bowl was served with bean sprouts, a soft egg, green onion, ginger, and wakame (seaweed). I requested to omit the sesame seeds. I found the broth to be flavorful and not overpowering. I ate all my noodles but could not finish the delicious broth.
KO ordered the Kim Chee Bowl ($14) and thoroughly enjoyed her ramen. CW ordered the brisket tartine ($14) and loved her choice. The brisket was tender and plentiful.
Service was attentive and friendly.
Lucky Belly is located at 50 N Hotel Street. Street parking is available but I prefer to park in the municipal parking lot on Beretania Street. Lucky Belly is not inexpensive but it’s worth a try. Be prepared to wait though.