With multiple accolades including “Chef of the Year” by Bon Appétit and San Francisco Magazine, “Restaurateur of the Year” by International Food and Beverage Forum, and a 2013 inductee in James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage,” chef Michael Mina’s journey is one of accomplishment, significance, and passion.
Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, WA, Mina fostered a love for food at a very young age. His experience has spanned the culinary spectrum, from starting his first job at the age of 15 as a chef garde manger in a French restaurant to his first momentous opportunity as opening chef of the upscale seafood restaurant, Aqua in San Francisco.
Mina continues to awe the culinary world with the passion he instills in all his ventures, leading to the founding of MINA Group with partner Andre Agassi in 2002. Mina has opened over 30 concept restaurants, a lounge and a market including MICHAEL MINA, Clock Bar, RN74, Bourbon Steak, Arcadia, Stonehill Tavern, Stripsteak, Wit & Wisdom, Pub 1842, The Handle Bar, PABU, The Ramen Bar, The MINA Test Kitchen and Locale Market.
The newest of his ventures and second Hawai‘i eatery, The Street, A Michael Mina Social House, is a curation of 13 communal hawker stations including Little Lafa, a restaurant concept derived from his childhood upbringing and mother’s kitchen.
Little Lafa features fresh, healthy flavors from the Mediterranean and beyond, folded into the bread of his motherland. With a variety of plates offering marinated meats, spice-rubbed fish and vegetable combinations, the menu provides abundant options for a Mediterranean feast all united by the mantra, “Live long and lafa.”
Super soggy salads. The same old sandwich. A protein bar with the texture of cardboard and the taste of, well, cardboard. No more. It’s time for something new.
Welcome to a new kind of table where we unite the cultures of our respective motherlands and celebrate our roots together. Chef Michael Mina draws from his past, and his mother’s kitchen, to bring Little Lafa to life. He combines fresh flavors from the Mediterranean and beyond and folds them into the bread of his motherland—Lafa. We call this fresh from the fold.
That’s right, global flavors wrapped in hand-held pockets of awesome. Salads with serious swagger. Food so freaking delicious, it’s hard to believe it does a body great. Our healthy fare tastes like it’s been cooked by a Michelin-starred chef, because it was.
Live long and Lafa.
Cherry Tomato, Shredded Cabbage
Pickled Hot Peppers and Mango, Green Onion Aïoli
Red Onion Labneh, Pickled Corn, Shaved Fennel
Hot Peppers, Fried Onions, Mint, Cilantro
Red Onion Labneh, Muhammara, Pickled Veggies
Mint, Dill, Tahini Lime Dressing
Halloumi, Shaved Radishes, Garlic Hummus
Pickled Cauliflower, Red Onions, Za’atar
$16.99 plate| $10.99 lb
$21.99 plate| $27.99 lb
$19.99 plate| $26.99 lb
$14.99 plate| $9.99 lb
Pick 2 Lbs of meat
& 3 mezze. Comes
with lafa, Koshary
& 4 Frozen Yogurts.