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Hamura Saimin Stand

2956 Kress St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1323
808-245-3271
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Ranked #20 of 91 restaurants in Lihue
Price range: $0 - $20
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sunnyvale, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I wanted to try authentic local food, and without a doubt got it. We were the only tourists when we went in for lunch, and the food was delicious. The big detractor was the service. Waiting for a counter spot was no big deal, but waiting more than 10 minutes for someone to clean up the previous occupants' dishes and... More

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Herndon, VA - USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Get there shortly before noon or be prepared for a wait. This is a 4th generation noodle shop and once you go, you'll know why they're still in existence. Very reasonably priced. Grab a stool, work those chopsticks, and watch as the kitchen skillfully serves up your dish. Don't go any larger than a medium sized bowl or you won't... More

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London
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131 reviews 131 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have been coming to Hamura's for years and have always enjoyed the saimen. On this visit we were disappointed. The broth was tasteless, the wontons lacked flavor. It was a big disappointment.

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Newport Beach, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Popular local spot, very busy for lunch. Been there several times over the years and enjoyed the noodle concoctions served by a team of loving Aunties who keep things moving along. This time, however, something didn't click for me. I think it was the Spam in the saimin that turned me off. But my friend had the shrimp saimin bowl,... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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258 reviews 258 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

All counter seating. No tables. Local working crowd. Orders are not written down. Noodles are good and broth has good flavor. Get the pie for dessert too!

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La Habra, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Go here to experience a throwback in time. The building, furniture, service, and food give you a feeling of what local food was like 50 years ago. Food is predominantly saimin and barbeque meats. Very reasonably priced. I found my saimin to be quite good. While I have come to expect air conditioning, service with a smile, and well maintained... More

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Bowral, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

I came here today with my daughters. I'm one not to judge a book by its cover so I went in having seen good reviews on a fodors.. The saimin was tasteless and the chicken sticks were most likely cooked hours before. The service is so so ... I did eat most of mine however, but my daughters stopped after... More

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Northern NJ
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77 reviews 77 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Went back today for lunch. The quality of the food is wonderful and we enjoyed a repeat visit to Hamura Saimin Stand. Definitely recommmend this place. Right behind the Salvation Army Store in Lihue.

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It's hard to be objective about Hamura Saimen. I've been told that the saimen here is the best. I wouldn't know because I didn't grow up on it. My wife loves it. This is sure, among locals, this place has almost mythic status. As has been said, don't expect much in terms of decor, or ambiance. Find yourself an open... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a local noodle or Saimin stand in central Lihue. This is a locals type place, so leave your pretensions at the door. Seating is U-shaped communal style, service is brisk and stern, but the noodles are oh-so-good! Apparently Saimin is a blended style of Chinese, Japanese and Filipino noodle dishes. The noodle is a wheat-type noodle like ramen,... More

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