A couple of days ago, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to meet for coffee at Café Laufer in Kaimuki. Since I haven't been here in a while, I gladly accepted.
Café Laufer is located on a stretch of Waialae Avenue that is somewhat of a mini "restaurant row". On the corner is Happy Days, a Chinese restaurant and right next door is Maguro-Ya, a Japanese one. On the other side of Café Laufer, you'll find Big City Diner.
Inside, it's quite bright, especially those two "trees" made out of hundreds of tiny Christmas tree lights. There's ample seating here and besides the baked goods and coffee, Café Laufer also offers a small selection of hot food items and salads.
To go with my coffee (US$1.95 including one refill), I decided to have the cherry sour cream tart (US$4.25).
There was lots of cherry filling here. It was topped with a thin layer of sour cream and some whipped cream swirls. The crust, in my opinion, was a little under-baked and the cherry filling seemed like it came from a can. In all honesty, I thought that the filling would have been made with fresh cherries. I was quite disappointed.
My friend ordered the cheesecake (US$4.25) to go along with her cup of coffee.
The topping on the cheesecake was strawberry, also canned. I didn't have this, but I was told that it was just OK.
You'd think that with the premium prices that this place charges, you'd have the freshest, most wonderful tasting pastries and desserts. Instead, the tart I had was mediocre and not worth the price I paid. By the way, after being seated, no one ever came to our table to check on us. In fact, I never got that coffee refill that was included in the price I paid for my coffee. Maybe that's why I haven't been here in a while.
3565 Waialae Avenue Suite 107