Spoonful Café recently relocated their restaurant from Hilo’s Prince Kuhio Plaza to Kea’au town. They will be serving up traditional Thai cuisine as well as tasty local favorites.
Spoonful Café owner, Duranee Thesawat Morel, graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1989. While in college, she held three jobs including one at the university, a jewelry store, and a restaurant, which is where she learned how to cook. This was around the same time that she met her husband-to-be Bart Morel, who now owns The Hawaiian Jelwelry Store. Duranee’s passion for cooking led her to open her own restaurant, offering what she describes as “good, fresh, homemade food.” Being of Thai and Chinese descent, her specialty is Thai cuisine.
There has been a steady stream of customers dining in and carrying out and Duranee feels that the Keaau community has been very supportive. The menu features popular Thai dishes such as spring rolls, pad thai noodles, papaya salad, assorted curries, and thai coconut soups as well as local plate lunch dishes including loco moco, hamburger steak, dry saimin, and nori chicken. Their offerings include something for everyone.
The Spoonful Café is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. for dinner, closed Sundays. Next time you’re driving through Kea’au town, make sure you stop by for a bite to eat.