My wife and I have been going to Kauai for decades now, and Hamura Saimin was an early discovery. We go back every year when we visit. My wife has the large special, I have the extra large special. We often order a skewer or two of the grilled chicken pieces. More often than not, we finish with a piece of the lilikoi chiffon pie. Yum!
With the passage of time there have been changes. TripAdvisor deserves to be sued for criminal neglect for continuing to post these sample menus that are ridiculously out of date. It is a disservice to the users of this site. TripAdvisor pays nothing for these reviews. They probably use a computer search for keywords to assure that you are not abusive in your review. You would think the least that they could do is update their sample menus and prices once every few decades. The extra large special is now $12.50. Compare that to the price they list, and you will see how bad this "service" is. While some things have changed, there are others that remain the same. I'm guessing that the two women who seem to have the role of preparing the bowls of saimin have been doing it for thirty years. The end result is pretty consistent. So too is the green rim around the egg yolk on the boiled egg that comes in your saimin. It makes me think of Dr. Seuss each time I see the egg and the ham pieces in my bowl of saimin. It is not quite like ramen in Japan, but it is tasty. There is a new Saimin Dojo in Kapaa that is actually nearer to where we typically stay, and when we go the next time, I hope to try them out and see how the saimin compares.
A few comments and suggestions. Hamura Saimin is very popular among both tourists and the locals. Our second visit was on a Saturday morning, shortly before 11 AM for an early lunch before the flight home. We got the last two seats, and shortly afterwards there was a line of people waiting for available seats. Go early, or go late, but try to avoid the traditional lunch and dinner hours. If you are arriving from the mainland, and your stomach is at least two hours out of phase with Hawaiian time, go with the flow, and eat early. If you go, save room for the pie. It is not quite as tart as it used to be, and l liked it better when it was a wee bit tarter, but it is still very good, and better than any other lilikoi pie I have had on the island. Since it is now $4.50 per slice, and the whole pie is only $22, you may want to consider being naughty and foregoing your New Year's resolution and get the whole pie. Who doesn't like lilikoi pie for breakfast?
It's not fancy, but it is good food and a good value, and back when we traveled with children it was always a popular stop.
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