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Uncle Moki's Hawaiian Shrimp Review

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So my friend saw some signs for a Hawaiian shrimp place and we decided to check it out today. Turns out there is an equivalent of Oahu's North Shore shrimp truck's right here in LA! It's been open since January and it's at the end of a strip mall across the street from the Target on Rodeo and La Cienega, next to Taco Bell. They serve Hawaiian style garlic shrimp 'scampi.' The owner was actually a part owner of Giovanni's shrimp truck on the North Shore. It's a small restaurant with about 5 tables with some Hawaiian decor - they play the nice Hawaiian music in the background, pictures of the King and Queen on the walls, old Hawaiian magazines on the tables, video of tourists in Hawaii hehe . . .

Now onto the food, you can get 5 shrimp with 1 scoop of rice for $6 or 10 shrimp with 2 scoops of rice for $12. Or you can get it volcano style - very spicy! We ordered the regular 'Aloha plate' 10 shrimp, 2 scoops of rice, and actually asked to try the Volcano sauce on the side. It definitely had a kick! The shrimp were good size, succulent with lots of garlic flavor, also kind of on the greasy side . .. but that's how it's supposed to be. The rice is topped with some garlic as well . . . don't expect to kiss anyone afterwards ;) It's probably not as good as the truck's in Hawaii, but it's still pretty good.

And unfortunately the ice cream they serve is a Klondike bar, and not macadamia nut ice cream or shaved ice.

Overall, it was a nice find. We now have a Hawaiian shrimp truck in LA!

3560 S La Cienega Blvd Ste F (Cross Street: Rodeo Road)
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. Alright I will have to try it this weekend. Thanks for the Rec.

    1. Glad you found it, I got the feeling those guys could use the business. They seemed really nice. Here's my review from March:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      Having just been to Giovanni's several times, I can attest that the quality of shrimp they get in Hawaii is much better, but Uncle Moki's is still a good spot to pick up lunch if you're in the area.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        LOL!! I saw the signs on the road coming home from school this week and thought this was the place you talked about... we live right near by... we'll have to try soon! :)

        --Dommy!

      2. i kind of like uncle moki's too. nice shrimp, even better rounded mound of rice with a great garlic sauce on the top.

        very tiny joint, so mostly takeout, and sign up on their email list every now and then they have 20% off coupons and what not.

        1. I'm surprised they're still in business (location one problem). Nothing wrong with their shrimp, ...a little high for the area and what you get, but its good. I told a kid working there they need to have more items on their menu(Hawaiian restaurant=Hawaiian food) so they can generate more business-maybe Uncle Moki didn't get the message.

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          1. re: monku

            supposedly they're are adding hawaiian chicken to the menu (as it states on the menu's backside) in the future.

            1. re: kevin

              I don't know what they're waiting for.
              Won't be long before an Ono, Ohana or L&L encroaches on their territory. The BBQ shrimp at L&L tastes just like their's but the shrimp aren't as large.

          2. for some reason i haven't seen this kind of shrimp at the hawaiian bbq joints. oh, wel, i'l have to hit up l and l.

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            1. re: kevin

              L&L has it. Its basically shrimp scampi that they grill rather than sautee in a pan.

            2. We tried it for lunch todaay and liked it a lot! We had the regular and the Volacano which was the spicy. I really liked the Spicy, it was JUST enough to burn and build up without being crazy spicy just for the heck of it. The insane spicy they have probably would just been painful.

              anyway, the shrimp were nice size and good quality. The spices were also really nice. I LOVED the rice, but I'm a big fan of sticky rice! :)

              The service was very nice, I wish them well! :)

              --Dommy!

              1. I visited this place today and it was great! I really loved the atmosphere, the staff, and the music. Very authentic and fingerlicking good.

                1. great place friendly staff, super up beat, some of the best shrimp I've tasted

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                  1. re: breadmanm

                    How big are these shrimp? 5/10 doesn't sound like a alot unless they're gargantuan tiger shrimp

                    1. re: ns1

                      Not gargantuan -- just regular old shrimp. I guess you fill up on the rice.

                      1. re: Chowpatty

                        bust. gotta figure out a home recipe for this then.

                  2. Keep an eye for this place. The shrimp is really good and I think that they have the makings of a national franchise operation. Have been there five or six times and will return. Good healthy food. Not like the food that haole people and other malahini have brought to our islands. The greasy stuff that pass as Hawaiian food is no good for anybody.We are a people who originally ate healthy plants and food from the sea. God Bless these kids at Uncle Moki Shrimp. All of the other so called Hawaiian restaurants still contribute to diabetis, heart trouble and over weight. These Uncle Mok guys plenty healthy and good for you. No eat the Crazy Man Hot plate, that one a real smoker.