By Nina Wu
When owner Bruno Izzei opened a second Mix Cafe on Alakea Street, he struck up a formula that was just right for the downtown office lunch crowd.
Mix Cafe offers panini made of quality ingredients paired with mixed greens — simple, but good, for about $7.
This is one of my favorite stops for lunch while downtown.
The Portabello with mozzarella and cherry tomatoes on toasted baguette is one of my favorites (it’s really important to get a good baguette), but there’s also a choice of tuna Nicoise (tuna salad with olives, capers, cherry tomatoes and Gouda), the Bisteca (medium-rare steak with rosemary cherry tomatoes and Gouda), Simple Turkey (roasted turkey layered with Swiss cheese), the SiSi-QuiQui (rosemary ham with comte cheese) and vegetarian. They all come on a scrumptiously toasted baguette.
The greens — usually mixed in with potatoes, green beans or kabocha, depending on the day — come with a very simple balsamic vinaigrette.
Salad is still in the works.
Beverages include fresh-brewed iced teas, lemonade, Perrier, Coca-Cola (in an old-fashioned bottle) or Waialua Soda.
What some folks may not realize is that Mix Cafe also offers some breakfast items in the morning, including waffles, yogurt and bagels.
Some tantalizing pastries and tarts are also available on the counter.
This is the perfect spot to grab lunch to go, which is packed in a simple, fold-up box.
Simplicity, with quality ingredients — makes perfect sense for a busy weekday lunch.
1025 Alakea St.