For our anniversary dinner (I know a lot of celebrating this month), my boyfriend and I went to Super Six located in Columbia City. I was really excited for this because the chefs of Marination Station were behind this excellent asian fusion creation. We went on the 2nd night it was open and there was about a half hour wait for the two of us. It definitely got packed as the night went on.
Atmosphere: The owners took over an automobile shop on Hudson. This spot has a ton of outdoor seating. There is quite limited seating indoors. Not sure how that’ll turn out when it gets colder. The restaurant’s core features a bar with several tables surrounding it. The bar is open seating if you could snag a seat.
Pricing: A little more pricy than Marination Station, but still has a great Hawaiian fusion element to the food. Small appetizers range from $5-12, larger entrees range $14-21.
Service: Our waitress, Jasmine was really enthusiastic and did such a great job of being attentive to us. She has a lot of energy and represented the restaurant really well. She made great recommendations for us.
Kalbi short ribs with scallion salad: nice flavor to the kalbi that wasn’t overpowering. The salad was a little too spicy for my liking but it was a nice touch to the dish.
Kalbi pork belly musubi: whoaaaaaa this melts in your mouth like no other! I think they could put a little less rice and maybe a tad more sauce, but overall it was so delicious.
Korean fried chicken with Char siu sauce. They have two other sauces – ono and spicy korean, but I was warned that the spicy was quite spicy so I tried this. You can try all three sauces for $24! This was $9.
Pineapple Thai-Basil soda – great flavors! It came out a little late, but it was worth the wait. Nice punch with the acidic pineapple and you can really taste the basil, but it wasn’t too overpowering.
Aloha fries – kalua pork, kimchi mayo, scallions, and fried egg. The kalua pork is a little too salty, but when you break the yolk and really eat it all together, the yolk smooths out the saltiness of the pork. I wish there was more of the kimchi mayo sauce because that was also superb.
Lomi lomi tomato salad with fried Maui sweet onion and shiso. Nice bright tomatoes that was basically the definition of fresh. Can’t go wrong with yummy onion straws.
We kind of went a little wild with the dessert. This is the lilikoi chiffon pie with haupia and tapioca. This fluffy dessert melted in my mouth and did not have a hint of heaviness. If this is what clouds tasted, this dessert would be it.
With caramel drizzle!
Overall: I think this is a great location for a new restaurant. I feel like Columbia City is really growing with business and life. There’s a huge PCC a couple blocks down and Salted Sea that has also recently opened. I think the chefs of Marination Station really made a smart move. The restaurant was definitely busy and constantly packed! Everything on the menu looked good and honestly I would try every single dish if I could. I’m happy they’re in the neighborhood. We also made a suggestion for to-go desserts!