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Nori's Saimin & Snacks

Cuisine: Asian, Lunch, Catering

Nori's Saimin & Snacks is a Asian, Lunch, and Catering restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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Overall
100%
Food
100%
Service
92%
Ambiance
75%
Pros
"Very warm welcoming and hospitality "
"awesome noodle, soup base 'ono, nostalgic"
Cons
"None"
"order the tsukemono... keep this recipe, its great!"
"a little loud"
Comments
"Keep up the good work"
"bring a jacket"
  • 11/15/2017

    A dining patron from Hilo, HI tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/08/2017

    An Asian chowhound from Honolulu, HI tried it.

  • 10/22/2016

    An Asian food lover from Honolulu, HI tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    Very warm welcoming and hospitality
    Cons
    None
    Comments
    Keep up the good work
  • 9/15/2016

    A dining patron from Waipahu, HI tried it.

  • 7/20/2016

    An Asian chowhound from Hilo, HI tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 5/10/2015

    An Asian chowhound from Los Angeles, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 2/06/2015

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 1/27/2015

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 1/14/2015

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 12/14/2014

    A dining patron from Chicago, IL tried it.

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 Anaheim, CA
 

Nori’s Saimin & Snacks ups the ante with Weekend Specials in

Nori’s Saimin & Snacks has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1983. Chef and owner, Beth Ann Nishijima, keeps her patrons happy with ono local food and fusion cuisine. The Weekend Specials have been a popular addition transcending classic dishes with local flair. Chef Beth Ann develops the specials and Night Cook Wayne Hashizaki executes them to culinary perfection.

Garlic Prawns

Weekend Special: Garlic Prawns served with 2 scoops rice and your choice of mac or tossed salad. The prawns were cooked to perfection, tender like lobster meat. Cooking it in the shell with the head-on is the best way to impart more of the natural flavor of the prawn. The shells were cooked just right so you can eat them, no peeling necessary. The garlic flavor made its way through the shell to add this sweet, pungent flavor to the prawns. Just like in New Orleans, we Hawaiians, enjoy every bit of the prawns too. The “miso” or “mustard” in the head of the prawns was like uni (sea urchin), sweet with a slight sea water taste. “No foget to lick da fingas!” You don’t want to waste a drop of the garlic sauce! Thumbs up, way up!

Garlic Clam Linguine

Weekend Special: Garlic Clam Linguine topped with nori and green onions. This dish takes a classic Italian dish to new heights with a bit of Japanese fusion. With Italian sauces, wine is used as the liquid flavor component to a marinara, Bolognese, or white wine sauce. In this case, sake replaced the usual white wine and imparted a delicious flavor note . I normally do not like sake as a drink, it’s too strong and just tastes like gasoline to me. But, in this case, the alcohol is cooked off, leaving the sauce with a yeasty, tannin flavor that works well with the clams. The linguine was cooked al dente and the sauce clung for dear life to the pasta. The clams, nicely sized, were perfectly cooked, opened and ready to be plucked out. The green onion gave it a refreshing flavor and the nori acted as the salty note like parmesan cheese. Brilliantly executed! Thumbs up, way up!

Korean Shortribs

Korean Shortribs are served with 2 scoops rice and your choice of mac or tossed salad. The shortribs were grilled to perfection with caramelized sauce on the meat. The meat was tender, yet chewy (as they should be with this cut due to the tendons and cartilage near the bone) with all of the Korean flavors that you expect from Kalbi – garlic, shoyu, and slightly sweet. I always describe it as Korean “teriyaki”. I happily danced in my seat as I was gnawing away at these beefy morsels. I even scraped off the charred bits of bone marrow as well (one of my top favorite foods on the planet). Thumbs up, way up!

October 9, 2011
 

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Pros
buffet was ono...
12/04/2017

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12/02/2017

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12/01/2017

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Pros
Fast service, good service
Cons
Food not up to par for price. Way over priced. Minimal salad bar. Ham had a lot of fat. Chicken so-so. Crab was dry.
11/15/2017

An Asian food lover from Hilo, HI tried Nori's Saimin & Snacks, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

10/30/2017

A Fast Food food lover from US tried KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

Pros
great customer service the food was great we didn't eat inside we went through drive thru
10/15/2017

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10/03/2017

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