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“Awesome Saimin!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nori's Saimin & Snacks

Nori's Saimin & Snacks
Ranked #38 of 229 Restaurants in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Exeter, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Awesome Saimin!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Nori's has got some of the best saimin in the islands. Old style. Local style. The kind of saimin I remember from the 1960s, when I was growing up. It's getting trickier and trickier to find virtually unchanged local saimin these days. We have the popular and ubiquitous ramen -- which is not saimin. And we have pho from Vietnam and laksa and all sorts of trendy new sorts of noodle soups that you can purchase almost anywhere in the world these days. But saimin is genuine local cuisine. You're not going to find this amazing bowl of noodles anywhere else in the world, only in the Hawaiian Islands.

There are loads of places in Hawai'i that will serve you up a bowl of saimin. Some places have fast-food saimin in styrofoam cups. Some places have a saimin that's more like ramen. At Nori's, though, you will be served an authentic, and yummy, heartwarming, nourishing, colourful, flavourful bowl of unadulterated genuine local saimin! It's the best! A rare treat and well worth the stop.

Nori's can be a little tricky to find, so t if you get a bit lost, just remember that if you reach either Hualalai or Kukuau St, you've gone too far. It's tucked away partly underground in a small business complex. Don't let that deter you! This is a cultural and culinary experience not to be missed. Nori's staff are friendly and helpful, too. Be there -- aloha!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas
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64 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“where the locals go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We were told about Nori's after asking a bartender where to go for an inexpensive meal. It is hard to find, we drove past it twice. Turn in to the parking area and drive towards the back, you'll see it midway down. It has a cafe feel, with small booths and a few long tables in the center. The menu is mostly Japanese offerings, but the Hawaiian influence is easy to spot.

We had stir fried noodles and the Hilo saimin (Japanese pho). The portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. Everything tasted fresh and was hot. It started to fill up after we arrived, and was full by the time we left. All the dishes looked good, and everyone was cleaning their plates. They have daily fish and meat specials, and they bake their own desserts. We were too full, but will have to go back and try some.

Don't go for the atmosphere, go for the food and the local vibe.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank D H
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Hilo
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Mmmmm :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Great local kine saimin, wonderful "hot pot" additions to their menu, sizzling platters with tofu and/or fish, chocolate mochi cake ala mode and so many fresh local daily specials. ;P Noriʻs is a cozy space that has customers seated close and possibly sharing a table next to each other. The key is to be patient with service and your experience will be well worth the wait.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank JVBHilo
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174 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Inconsistent Saimin, but lots of food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

It's the only Saimin place in town, so I go there. The broth is inconsistently good. I go there for the nori burger and strawhaupia pie. The Saimin is plentiful, but you may want to request a pot of hot water to dilute the saltiness.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank kdooka
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Kula, Hawaii
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“I love their food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I love saimin & udon & chow fun. I ate there for dinner the two nights we were in town. They also have a cute little gift shop selling local snacks & Hello Kitty merchandise. Cute little family run operation. They serve really yummy local food with HUGE portions.

Visited January 2013
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Thank 808anon
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