Archive for the 'Restaurant Reviews' Category

Puka Puka Kitchen

Saturday, December 17th, 2011


Chicken Katsu Don ($10.75). Light and crispy slightly sweet batter. Juicy chicken. Not too oily. Nice curried rice underneath. Beautiful fresh salad with a rich yogurt dressing.

Also highly recommended is their Ahi Don!

Located right in downtown Hilo. Perfect place for a quick lunch while cruising downtown.



Cham Cham Korean BBQ

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

This place is located right behind Hilo Lunch Shop and seems very popular for their $5 bentos. While eating in, there was a steady stream of bentos going out. We were happy to have found a great Korean place in Hilo!

Service was nice. We got some great tasting vegetables to start with.

BBQ Chicken ($9)

Tender, juicy, nicely charred and well seasoned/marinated. Bev really liked it and ate it all!

Meat Jun ($9)

Super good! Soft and juicy. The meat was really tender which is always important with meat jun. Portion size was generous too.

Great place with great flavor and service.

421 Kalanikoa St, Ste 102, Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-4741

Ma’ona Lunch Counter

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Readers have been telling me that Maona has some mean grinds. Finally made it here! A little 2-man operated lunch counter right next to the Farmer’s Market.

Their menu is simple but looks so good! Unfortunately, they were already out of rice. They are known to have some good plate lunches so we were bummed.

We just went for some sandwiches. Blackjack burger ($6.50).

Mahi burger ($6.50).

The covers on these plates could barely stay closed. Huge burgers and huge amount of crispy homemade fries. My burger was thick and juicy with a nice spice rub. Nice grill marks. Best $6.50 I’ve spent on a burger! Bev’s mahi was super fresh and perfectly seasoned. Only thing is that it could’ve used a little more mahi.

Definitely will be back for their plate lunches!

Nori’s Saimin saltiness

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Nori’s has always been one of my favorite places to have a great bowl if saimin. Unfortunately, it’s like their broth is getting saltier and saltier every visit!

This is one of my favs: small saimin and burger combo. Nori’s burgers are always awesome… freshly made thick juicy patties. Once in awhile the saimin broth is just right and drinkable, but lately, like on this visit, it was so salty I could only eat the noodles.

Nori’s please taste your broth before sending it out. I love everything else about you!

Le Magic Pan

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Such a nice place! Feels like I’m in Paris and I’ve never even been there before.

La Provencal crepe ($10). Chicken breast, spinach, mushrooms, mozzarella, mustard.

Alaska crepe (half size) with side salad ($10). Red salmon, spinach, artichoke, mozzarella, olives.

Both crepes were delicious! Crepe was so light, thin and moist and fillings were very flavorful and fresh. They use a special “magic” sauce which is super ono too.

Also offered here are desert crepes and other French inspired dinner items.

Le Magic Pan
64 Keawe St., Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-7777

Yen’s Cafe, Hilo

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Some of the best cold noodles and pho in town at this tiny restaurant.




Great prices and nice service. They also have some mean cake noodles!

235 Waianuenue Ave
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 933-2808