A family-owned, 100% vegan restaurant that serves a wide variety of dishes including pastas, Vietnamese entrees and noodle soups, rice dishes with mock meats, burgers and sandwiches. Opened in the fall of 2010. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Vietnamese, American, Take-out
1145 S King St
Honolulu, Hawaii
808-591-9919
OPEN NOW

Mon-Sun 10:00am-9:00pm

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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards
reviews

Reviews

First Review by beve_luna
Saramste
Saramste
  • vegan
Contributions
+93

Good food!

4
Posted on 10 / 29 / 2014

We really enjoyed this place! Interestingly enough, we found that we had a tough time finding really good vegan food during our recent visit to Honolulu. While there appears to be several places that offer vegan options in the area, we weren't extremely impressed with the menu items offered. In this case, we really enjoyed ourselves! We started with an order of their crispy spring rolls, and the buttered/garlic bread. My husband ordered one of their claypot options, and I had a delicious curry based soup. Overall, we really liked it. By no means is this the best vegan food we have ever had, but it was one of our favorites in Hawaii! We were actually really surprised that the place didn't get much business during the lunch hour + that we spent there. There were a few folks that came in for carry out, but literally, we were the only people in the restaurant for hours. This place should definitely get more business!

Pros: Primarily Vegan Menu, Tasty Options, Clean
starlyse
starlyse
  • vegan
Contributions
+51

wow

5
Posted on 05 / 28 / 2014

You must try the hot & sour soup. It might be the best soup I've ever had. There isn't much to it, but the broth is amazing. They have a huge variety of fake meats, which scared me at first, but the tempura "shrimp" blew my mind, and every bite of their clay pot tofu was incredible. I'll be back!

Pros: food, fake meat
Le
Le
  • vegan
Contributions
+47

Asian Classics

3
Posted on 03 / 31 / 2014

Nice place, but not much healthy choices. No salads, a lot of oil, fried stuff, a lot of salt. It's hard to find smth comfort. Service was dissapointing. We had to wait for every dish. There was only 2 other tables occupied. The waiter was coming to everyone with each dish and asking whose order was it.

Pros: The Only Vegan Place Open Sunday Night
Cons: Few Healthy Choices, Lousy Service

Leslie22124
Leslie22124
  • vegan
Contributions
+25

Absolutely delicious!

5
Posted on 02 / 27 / 2014

I had one night in Honolulu before flying home, and I wanted to try Simple Joy after finding it here on Happy Cow. I'm so glad I did! I had the pasta puttanesca and my non-vegan husband had their version of a Philly cheesesteak. We loved both! We split the vegan ice cream for dessert, and found another winner. Had I had more time in Honolulu, I would definitely have returned, and my husband plans to have lunch there before he leaves the island. Simple Joy is wonderful!

Pros: Amazingly good food, Wide variety of foods, Very friendly waitress
Cons: Parking is difficult
Star Thrower
Star Thrower
  • vegan
Contributions
+27

Good food if you can get past the menu

3
Posted on 11 / 08 / 2013

Good food, friendly staff. BUT This restaurant has the least friendly menu I have ever looked at. The photos are blurry and are not labeled so you have no idea what you are looking at. The font is hard to read becuase of color choice. The way it navigates it is really hard to figure out what to order. Seriously, I have never seen a menu this bad.

Pros: tasty food, 100% veg
Cons: Menu layout
faisca
faisca
  • vegan
Contributions
+58

Nice Selection Of Dishes

3
Posted on 08 / 30 / 2013

Appears to be a fusion of Vietnamese/Asian and Italian foods, primarily. Definitely a transitional foods restaurant. Majority of menu items are based on meat substitutes. Very meaty. Portion sizes seem fair in my opinion. The minestrone soup is delightful. The Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) is very good. The "fries" on the side are shredded, fried, seasoned tofu instead of potatoes. Delicious and unique, but again, very meaty. The chocolate cake dessert is surprisingly good. So many interesting choices on the menu, you're certain to not get bored quickly.

Updated from previous review on Saturday February 05, 2011

[UPDATE] After eating here countless times, I think it's worth mentioning the service can sometimes be insufficient. The staff is friendly enough, just inexperienced and not trained in proper service. Just because you can carry a plate from the kitchen to the table does not mean you're qualified for table service. I've had numerous occasions where our orders were either forgotten, or mistaken. I suspect ESL as the culprit. If they're not certain about the order, just ask! Far less embarrassing then messing it up.

In a more recent example, the waiter told my date she was wrong and that she had in fact ordered the dish he was serving. While I know this to be incorrect ( I helped her choose the dish), at the very least the customer is almost always correct. To further illustrate, moments earlier the same waiter brought a spring roll appetizer to our table. After explaining to him we didn't order it, he proceeded to check with another table. Apparently they didn't order it as well. Back to the kitchen it went.

Now I don't mean to single him out, as there have been similar instances with other servers. Most involve absenteeism when you require their services (ie - water, check, etc). But accusing my date of being wrong, even if it's possible she might've been, gets you demoted to 3 cows. In his defense, he was remarkably fast to replace her fork when she dropped it. And so earned his tip for the night.

Pros: Meaty, Parking, but limited
Cons: Meaty, Service can be very spotty at times
HannesRR
HannesRR
  • vegan
Contributions
+72

Delicious

5
Posted on 12 / 09 / 2012

Nice staff, good food.


nardanddee
nardanddee
  • vegan
Contributions
+419

in love

4
Posted on 11 / 22 / 2012

Plenty of choices an absolutely everything vegan! I had to reconfirm this a couple of times because there are some items that could fool your everyday omnivore.

Pros: variety, nice prices, parking in back
jniertit
jniertit
  • mostly-vegetarian
Contributions
+12

Great Find

4
Posted on 05 / 07 / 2012

Was looking for something healthy while traveling and off the beaten path.
This restaurant was delicious - they had a variety of foods from pasta's to Japanese noodle dishes and the service was helpful and friendly. No problem with my requested modification to the dish - would absolutely eat here again.
Downside - their takeout containers are styrofoam - I mentioned my issue with this to the staff and she said she'd pass on the comment - maybe bring tupperware if you plan on leaving with food.

Pros: Variety, Flavor, Service
Cons: Styrofoam TakeOut
jetgal
jetgal
  • vegan
Contributions
+73

Good, not great

3
Posted on 03 / 16 / 2012

First, the menu has a ton of selections, its a bit overwhelming. I think it would be better if they shortened the menu and made the selections tastier. The soup that came with my entree tasted the same as the noodle dish I ordered- salty, too much soy, nothing amazing. I splurged and ordered desert. I usually love anything with chocolate, but the cake was gross. It tasted old, like it had been in the freezer for a long time and I don't even know what they used for frosting. Simple can be good if you use the ingredients wisely. Unfortunately, Simple Joy missed the mark with me. The staff is super friendly though. Its a shame the food isn't great.

Pros: Friendly Staff
Cons: boring food, gross desert
Mesohungry
Mesohungry
  • vegan
Contributions
+20

Me hoppy!!

4
Posted on 01 / 23 / 2012

This was a good first expereince to a vegan resturant. I will be back as they have a lot of things i'd like to try. There portions are smaller then average resturant servings but, I still walked out full and happy. Prices are very reasonable. Easy to find parking and seating. My non vegan hubby enjoyed it even though he grumbled thru thr door. Left quite happy:) I ordered putanesca it was okay Im not into mock meats but theres were juicey and I enjoyed chewing away on it. alot of seasoning and A LOT of capers. I havent had heartburn since I became vegan a year ago. I got heartburn today. Bf ordered mushroom pasta was sooooooo delucious.

Pros: Yummy choices, Lots of seating, Lots of parking at noon
Cons: Sticky bathroom., Coed bathroom, Tap water.
ljgallo
ljgallo
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

Wonderful

5
Posted on 04 / 17 / 2011

This bright little restaurant in Honolulu is quietly attractive (date night quality) and the food is heavenly. Our order was received quickly and it was beautiful. The food was fresh, perfectly cooked and seasoned (and plentiful). The large menu ranges from italian favorites to vietnamese dishes. There's even a small selection of burgers and fries. All vegan of course. The prices are reasonable - lunch for two was $22 and we both had entree's. There's parking in the back as street parking may be tricky.

Pros: Excellent food, great value, pleasant ambiance
Suzy
Suzy
  • vegan
Contributions
+14

Wonderful, wonderful!

4
Posted on 03 / 21 / 2011

Absolutely every bite was delicious, and all at a very affordable price. We are just visiting, so we won't be able to visit often, but I think my sister and her buddies will be new fans! I had the Vegan Feast, my sister the Pumpkin Soup and Vegetarian Sensation, and my husband the Pesto Pasta - and we all shared bites. Hope to go at least one more time while we are here!

Pros: wonderful food, simple ambiance, good value
Cons: service a bit spotty, bathrooms outside
bandita
bandita
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+51

Good variety of mock meats

5
Posted on 02 / 06 / 2011

I'm so relieved that this turned out to be a good place. I normally don't take guests to vegetarian places I haven't tried before but I've only been here in HI for about a week, and I was tired of all the restaurants I've been taken too with the limited vegetarian options that turn out so bland and boring. So this time, I invited and treated my family and friends to this place. They looked really disappointed when they saw this place was vegan. But they were all a good sport and ordered a meal. And we all loved it! And one was very amazed at how the mock meats tasted so real. He never knew such existed and believed that vegans basically just eat bird food. This was a great opportunity to break that myth and at the same time, bring up the truth on the barbaric treatment to livestock animals. This is a great place to bring guests who normally love meat.

Pros: Great variety of mock meats, Easy parking, Reasonably priced
Cons: Portions a little small, Small dessert selection
TokyoVegan
TokyoVegan
  • vegan
Contributions
+24

worth at least 2 visits

3
Posted on 12 / 13 / 2010

We were in town for the Honolulu Marathon and decided to try Pure Joy as Loving Hut was closed. Was surprised that parking (4 spots) were full and restaurant was nearly full on Sunday afternoon. We had heard they were affiliated informally with Loving Hut, but the waiter did not know anything about it. In fact, he could not even tell us whether their pasta was whole wheat or not, did not even know such a thing existed! We had the Eggplant Parmigiana with fettuccini and the "Clay Pot Sensation". The pasta was cooked al dente, slightly hard the way I like it. However, I thought the food, especially the clay pot tofu was a bit on the expensive side for the small portion. I would however like to go back and try their vietnamese sandwich and the curry noodle soup an earlier reviewer mentioned.
William

Pros: many choices, variety, parking
Cons: uninformed staff, portion size
cyharders
cyharders
  • vegan
Contributions
+17

Great Vegan Restaurant

5
Posted on 11 / 15 / 2010

My husband and I adore this place. Great parking. Great menu. We have been here over five times, and we were always happy with our meals. They give great healthy sized portions. We have eaten here so much that the waitress recognizes us. I highly recommend the pot stickers and curry noodle soup. I really like how large their menu is and that they do not use any MSG in their food. I also think that the veggie meat is specially made by the cook because I have never tasted anything so tasty and real-like. It is great that Honolulu vegans have this place as another option.

Pros: Menu Selection, Food Quality, Food Taste
beve_luna
beve_luna
  • vegan
Contributions
+16

ehh...no

2
Posted on 11 / 05 / 2010

I ate here for dinner and although it is a very nice atmosphere, the food i not that good. I had the quesadilla which had practically no daiya cheese in it. Then had the mushroom linguine with white sauce....lets just say that i was eating just pasta without any sauce. Everything was lacking, and they are tight with their servings.



 

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