New, Hawaiian-Style Brunch Pop-up Coming to 903 Cortland


There’s a new weekend-only brunch pop-up coming to the space at 903 Cortland. The pop-up is called āina, and like the name, the food will be Hawaiian. The restaurant will open up to the public this Saturday, November 22, with plans to serve brunch every weekend,  Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-2 pm.

Team āina tells Bernalwood:

We are excited to provide a new brunch option for the Bernal Heights neighborhood at our new pop-up, called ‘āina (903 Cortland Avenue, CA 94110). ‘āina is from the Hawaiian language, and means land/earth. Jordan Keao, the chef, lives smack in Bernal; Jason Alonzo runs the front of the house, and he lives just down the hill.

Our idea is to incorporate all our past experiences and finally work for ourselves, allowing great creativity and responsible food sourcing. Everything we serve will be from the land or transformed from what the land has given to us. The food will have an Asian or Hawaiian influence with a breath of the classic breakfast dishes. We will cook with the seasons, using local ingredients from the bay area, as well as local ingredients from the chef’s home, the Big Island of Hawai’i. Our Facebook page has more information and a sample of our menu.

From Jordan (the chef) and Jason (front of house).

Here’s a sample menu:


PHOTO: Poached egg, smoked royal king trumpet mushrooms, kabocha squash puree, wild watercress with some Chinese sausage Lap Cheong on top, from āina via Facebook

11 thoughts on “New, Hawaiian-Style Brunch Pop-up Coming to 903 Cortland

    • Hi Twyman – Aha! as it turns out – Chef Jordan has been tweaking the menu so there will be a fun version of Loco Moco available tomorrow: Kalbi loco moco with hearts of palm pico de gallo (with Korean short ribs). Come give us your feedback! 🙂

  1. We had brunch there over the weekend. The food was super tasty but for $13-15 per entree, I think the portion sizes were a little small.

  2. Went there yesterday. Delicious food and very friendly staff. Plus tasty French-pressed coffee that I’m fantasizing about right at this moment.

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