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“Etiquette”

Hamura Saimin Stand
Ranked #6 of 120 Restaurants in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Etiquette”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The food at Hamura's for me at least is the hawaiian equivalent of soul food. It's always comforting and many great memories have been shared here. Standard order is the extra large special, two chicken sticks, two shrimp tempura, a diamond head strawberry soda, and for desert a lilikoi chiffon pie. Now on to the main reason for my writing this review. The etiquette of Hamura's is that one waits for a table. It seems to be that more and more people believe that it is the first person that gets to a seat gets to sit down. If you see people waiting don't kamikaze rush a opening wait your turn. I know the food is good but you can wait, it'll make the food taste even better.

  • Visited August 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Always first and last meal on Kauai”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

James Beard American Classic Award. That said, you have to like what they serve, which is saimin, NOT ramen. Saimin is found in Hawaii, made of fresh (not fried) thin wheat noodles with a fish based broth. Get the Special, any size. You need chopsticks in one hand and spoon in the other. Watch how the locals eat. Eat beef & chicken sticks with mustard/soy sauce you mix in that little dish. Yum.

  • Visited July 2013
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Gorham, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Totally unexpected”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

After reading the reviews and looking at the outside of the building we wondered if we were in the right place. It's a little dining room (with no air conditioning) with communal seating which had little stools and everyone sat around the perimeter. They will give you a menu to look at along with the menu board posted on the wall. I had the small regular saimin and hubby had the special saimin. Both were tasty. This place is not fancy to look at - it just provides good priced, home cooked food.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Hopsing-NH
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san francisco, ca
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“a definite stop here for a local meal”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Hamura's Saimin is a definite recommended stop for a quick meal if you are visiting Kauai. It is located only about 10 minute from the airport in Lihue. A little blue building located in the side street of Umi. Patrons sit in stools along countertops and you order from a menu that is posted on the wall . Their specialty is saimin-- noodle soup which comes in 4 different sizes--small, med, large, and x-large. They serve good chicken on skewers also and saimin with tempura (2 pieces), and udon with fishcake. Simple menu to choose from but a nice meal if you like noodle and soup. Must try their famous lilikoi (passion fruit) pie, at least a slice- very light and has a genuine nice taste. No take out on the stir-fry noodles during the weekend. Many people come for take-outs. Worth the wait even if there is a long line as people come and go very quickly.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank chillywillypenquin
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Lyndon Station, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

This place is on the small side. It could be doubled and still be packed! Wait in line until seats open up, place you order and enjoy. Delicious and truly inexpensive. It really doesn't get any better than that.

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Thank 2CAPs
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