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“Go Loco!”
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Saimin Says
Ranked #146 of 313 Restaurants in Kent
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Maple Valley, Washington
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Go Loco!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

I'm now a regular and usually get the kalua pork moco. Great stuff! They have a particularly good Portuguese sausage too. Friendly and laid back atmosphere.

  • Visited August 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great new Location Same Good food”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

Saimin Says is a small family run Hawaiian cafe, serving decent "local kine" food from the Hawaiian Islands. Thier specialty is Saimin, which is the Hawaiian version of the Japanese ramen. They have a decent selection of saimins from plain & simple to veggie to jumbo. The soup base makes or breaks most saimin/ramen. Saimin Says soup base is good and would be on par with most Hawaiian restaurants in the Islands. The noodles are firm and chewy and are freshly made (imported from Hawaii, I am guessing probably from the Sun Noodle Co in Kalihi on Oahu).

I had the Isand favorite Mochiko Chicken, which is boneless chicken chunks marinated in a mildly spicy/garlicy batter then deep fried. Almost everyone in the Islands has their own "family" recepie for this local favorite, Saimin Says does a fairly good job of it. All plates are served with a choice of salad or their own tuna-mac salad, which adds taste and unfortuately umteen calories, and white rice.

The offer a variety of local favorites such as Chili & Rice with the ubiqutous Hawaiian Red Hot Dog, Hamburger Steak, which was dry, tasteless, and prefabbed, several kinds of Katsu's, which are breaded and deep fried pork or chicken cutlet. They also offer Loco Mocos-different meat, egg, and gravy over rice, and Lau Lau (taro leaf wrapped pork and butterfish that is steamed)

The Pork (Tonkatsu) Cutlet was very crispy and fairly juicy. The gravy was a standard brown style gravey which appeared homemade, not the yucky packaged variety.

Overall, a good "taste of home" for those who are mainland transplants.

  • Visited July 2011
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“great place”
Reviewed October 21, 2009

awesome food....love everything about it....love the salad,saimin,spam,ribs,luaa and much more....

love ata from Alaska-9073102774

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“Awesome spot for saimin...”
Reviewed February 3, 2008

Awesome spot for saimin. Been here maybe 5 or 6 times. I'd go more often if it wasn't so far for me.

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