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“Plate Lunch Quest Score: 1 of 10”
Review of Oyako Tei

Oyako Tei
Ranked #47 of 150 Restaurants in Kahului
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I read some moderately flattering reviews about this place and it fit our parameters, it served plate lunch and well, it was lunch time. What didn’t fit our bill is what we found. We found a difficult to find hole in the wall with a few tables, some with locals slurping noodles and some with newspapers, this morning’s breakfast, some shipping boxes with fruit and a variety of untended house plants. In short, your slightly sloppy absent minded grandma’s kitchen. This one forgot to throw away yesterday’s food and left it in the small glass encased deli counter. All of the food looked like it was there for several days, untouched, with a dry crust formed over all the portions of food exposed to the fetid air in this sad dirty little restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up eating in Chinese hole in the walls in San Francisco’s Chinatown where you were never sure what happened in the restrooms and didn’t want to find out. I can overlook quirky, funky, dumpy if the food is good. And I hate to slam an obviously mom and pop operation but it appears they have enough undiscriminating local patrons who can overlook the poor food handling and hygiene aspects to keep this place afloat. We couldn’t so we turned around and walked out.
In summary, if the health department hasn’t found this place yet, you shouldn’t either.
Plate Lunch Score: 1 out of 10 (one being the worst of course)

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Haven' t eaten here since a few days ago cause it is never open! I guess you all make your own hours or something? Anyways it was a terrible first impression. Almost $5 for a mini doggie plate takeout dish? No salad for a single entree? Looks rundown and dirty and small. No aloha no nuthin. Whats up with the mom and pops business have you forgottin your roots? Have you gotten so rich that you stop caring about your local customers? I liked the Spam memorabilia at least it was some sort of decor. The soda machine takes up too much room on the dining floor. Put it behind counter. Service with a smile and be thankful you guys are still in business! Take heed we have many more options!

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Reviewed January 28, 2011

We googled for a place to eat when we landed at Kahului, and read the one review describing this awesome hole in the wall. The family visiting from Hana made room for us and we proceeded to meet and greet and gorge on all the yummy badness that is local Hawaii food. Ono and good prices. Go!!!

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Reviewed January 7, 2011

On our last visit to Maui we found this tiny local lunch and breakfast shop in Kahului. We stopped in for breakfast and ordered the "Da Piggy" breakfast which was a huge plate consisting of eggs, rice, portuguese sausage, bacon, french toast, and spam. Everything was delicious, especially the sausage and french toast. I couldn't believe how cheap it was!

The ladies behind the store were extremely friendly and immediately welcomed us to the restaurant. The seating is limited, with just a few tables, but we were able to grab a coffee and settle in as we read the paper and enjoyed our breakfast.

I hear the lunch here is also very good. The specials for the lunch menu are written on a chalk board and seem to be updated daily.

If you are looking for a truly local experience and abide by the mantra that the "hole in the wall" spots always have the best food, which I believe indeed they do. Then Okayo Tei is definitely a must try!

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Reviewed February 25, 2016
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