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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Dapuma Mar 6, 2014 04:35 PM

As it happens...or close to it

Tamashiro fish market is great

Had the onion ahi poke, spicy tuna, ahu lime, and Korean mussels - along with steamed sweet potato

All that for $20 - amazing

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  1. russkar RE: Dapuma Mar 6, 2014 04:50 PM

    Tamashiro's is nice but Kyung's is far better. Both are fresh but K's is higher quality...

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      Dapuma RE: russkar Mar 8, 2014 03:39 PM

      Kyung's is TERRIBLE

      You should be banned for 1 month for recommending it

      The poke was fishy, garlic shrimp rubbery - fish didn't seem that fresh

      First place that was actually bad on the trip so far

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        russkar RE: Dapuma Mar 8, 2014 05:22 PM

        Wow! I'm there weekly and never have had anything that wasn't very fresh. I only order the Sashimi though..best place for that..

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          russkar RE: russkar Mar 10, 2014 11:12 AM

          Kyung's Sashimi platter

    2. Beach Chick RE: Dapuma Mar 6, 2014 05:20 PM

      Aloha and have a blast eating and drinking in O'ahu. .

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        Ela0427 RE: Beach Chick Mar 6, 2014 10:59 PM

        hi BC, I see you on the SD site.

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        macsak RE: Dapuma Mar 6, 2014 05:21 PM

        limu ahi?

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          Dapuma RE: macsak Mar 7, 2014 05:42 PM

          Yes limu ahi

          I quite enjoyed the texture of that one

          Ramen Nakamura prior to more Japanese tonight



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            Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 7, 2014 06:42 PM

            Got the Ox tail ramen Shio broth, with the goyza, they also offer fried rice with the combo Mrs D liked the rice, I was so so about it

            The oxtail came with a gingery dipping sauce that was great along with the super clean Shio broth...cleaner tasting than the simplest chicken noodle soup - I almost punched up the flavor before just enjoying it for what it was...and with the dipping sauce it was a nice contrast

            I don't know if it is destination ramen but certainly good for a quick bite to eat if you are staying in the area, cash only

            1. re: Dapuma
              kathryn RE: Dapuma Mar 8, 2014 07:46 AM

              Glad you enjoyed!

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                Dapuma RE: kathryn Mar 8, 2014 08:49 AM

                Holy crap Leonard's donuts are good - thx for telling me I needed that on the list - totally worth the trip for anyone

                Lilihana bakery was cool counter service old school diner, their coco puff was tasty, got the loco moco, tasted like Salisbury steak - heavy dish - but fun to try, not sure I would order it again though

                Mrs d got the spam and eggs - spam was cooked well and she enjoyed it

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          Ela0427 RE: Dapuma Mar 6, 2014 10:57 PM

          Great, keep us updated. Researching myself for a June trip

          1. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 7, 2014 03:52 PM

            Hwoak was fun - Mai tai was pretty good as was the mojito - the coconut shrimp was ok but nothing special, good to munch during the show

            Good call on the being tired from travel early night day1

            No late night adventures first day

            RH so far has been excellent to stay at

            1. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 8, 2014 12:28 AM

              Nanzan GiroGiro was pretty amazing - the attention to detail, open kitchen, every plate is hand made. (You can order them) good food

              Excellent value for the price IMO

              Great experience - would certainly put this on a must do list if you are coming to honolulu

              Ordered a sake glass and tea cup

              1. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 9, 2014 08:55 PM

                Alan Wongs was fantastic
                Great meal progression and wine pairings were spot on

                Goma Tei ramen - Tam Tam Char Sui

                I can say I "get" ramen now - wow + ice cold Kirin

                Had ailana shave ice prior - the owners are so nice, red bean special was amazing

                The strawberry milk ice was also so subtle like strawberry quik light- great

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                  macsak RE: Dapuma Mar 9, 2014 09:25 PM

                  tan tan

                  and everything goes well with ice cold kirin
                  :) :) :)

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                    Beach Chick RE: Dapuma Mar 10, 2014 08:52 AM

                    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room is quite good and casual.


                  2. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 12, 2014 01:35 PM

                    Only have time for one more ramen - either Lucky Belly for a Beast Bowl or Gomamachi for tan tan

                    I love goma Tei but not sure which one to try

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                      macsak RE: Dapuma Mar 12, 2014 02:19 PM

                      gomaichi is essentially just like goma tei
                      lucky belly is a totally different experience

                      i say lucky belly

                      1. re: macsak
                        killersmile RE: macsak Mar 12, 2014 02:39 PM

                        May as well go for something different so I concur. Try Lucky Belly. Though since you liked the tan tan, maybe you would be interested in comparing the one from gomaichi to the one from goma tei.
                        I still prefer Agu (tonkotsu), Santouka (shio), Kai (miso), & Yotteko-ya (paitan) though. I like the Sung Hon men at Gomaichi also, since it is so different.
                        I am not a fan of the tan tan at either gomaichi or goma tei though, so my taste doesn't seem to match up to yours.

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                          macsak RE: killersmile Mar 12, 2014 05:44 PM

                          could you please describe the sung hon mein at gomaichi?

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                            killersmile RE: macsak Mar 12, 2014 06:51 PM

                            It's like a spicy sour broth, kinda like hot sour soup. Very unique. I think they created the dish to differentiate themselves from goma tei.

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                              macsak RE: killersmile Mar 12, 2014 07:55 PM

                              mahalo k-smile

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                                Dapuma RE: killersmile Mar 12, 2014 07:57 PM

                                Gonna go with gomaichi

                                Drove by lucky belly twice and parking seemed impossible

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                                  macsak RE: Dapuma Mar 13, 2014 04:53 PM

                                  municipal lots are nearby

                      2. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 12, 2014 09:12 PM

                        Gomaichi was easily the weakest of the ramen places, not as flavorful, a lot less meat and veggies, not as nice inside, no Kirin or any beer on draft

                        Menchanko Tei was mrs d's favorite for the cold soup that is recommended on the menu

                        She liked the shoyu at goma Tei 2nd best

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                          Dapuma RE: Dapuma Mar 12, 2014 09:38 PM

                          Giovanni's shrimp truck very over rated - the kalbi truck was better in that plaza

                          Will write up a proper review of everything over the weekend

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                            scottca075 RE: Dapuma Mar 19, 2014 12:41 PM

                            Who rates Giovanni's Shrimp Truck highly? To me it is the epitome an a true tourist trap. It is over priced, over sauced and the only people who recommend it and go seem to tourists. When I drive by I see very few locals in line.

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                              KaimukiMan RE: scottca075 Mar 22, 2014 01:29 PM

                              Scott sadly is correct. There was a time ... but that was a long time ago

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                            killersmile RE: Dapuma Mar 13, 2014 11:36 AM

                            That's too bad. Well, at least we know that goma tei's tan tan is superior to gomaichi's. I'm shocked that enjoyment was found in the shoyu ramen at goma tei. Hopefully that means that they have improved since the last time I went. I've tried it several times and the broth had no depth, tasting like shoyu poured into water. It was easily one of the worst shoyu ramen I have ever had. Comments echoed by other family members who have gone on other occasions. They do enjoy their tan tan men though.

                            1. re: killersmile
                              Dapuma RE: killersmile Mar 14, 2014 02:55 PM

                              I am not saying it is the best shoyu out there, but it was certainly the most flavorful of the 3 (I tried them all and going off her opinion)

                              It was not her favorite soup though - I forget the name of the cold soup we had, I will figure it out later and get a proper review

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                            kathryn RE: Dapuma Mar 12, 2014 09:42 PM

                            Did you make it to the Saturday KCC Farmer's Market, The Pig & the Lady, Sushi Izakaya Gaku, or Helena's?

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                              Dapuma RE: kathryn Mar 13, 2014 12:22 AM

                              Helena's -sushi izakaya

                              No to KFC market and pig and lady but we did drive by pig and lady

                              We can get killer Vietnamese in Cali so it was tough to make it a special trip

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                                Beach Chick RE: Dapuma Mar 13, 2014 06:46 AM

                                Dakota..no one in California or Scottsdale calls it "Cali'.

                                Sounds like you had a good time for your first time in the islands.

                                You need to eat numerous times at a place before you
                                start bashing it on the net.

                                Locals and semi-locals have been dining at these places for a long time and to blast a place as terrible, for your first visit, is not cool..IMO.


                                1. re: Beach Chick
                                  Dapuma RE: Beach Chick Mar 14, 2014 02:56 PM

                                  I call it like I see it

                                  If the fish was that far gone and they still served and cant cook shrimp properly, well in my book that is terrible and it wouldn't get a 2nd chance

                                  1. re: Dapuma
                                    Beach Chick RE: Dapuma Mar 15, 2014 07:16 AM

                                    If the fish was that far gone, why would you eat it and not demand a fresh one?

                            2. russkar RE: Dapuma Mar 15, 2014 12:47 AM

                              Tonights Kyung's Sashimi....finest..

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                                Beach Chick RE: russkar Mar 15, 2014 07:18 AM

                                Aloha bruddah..
                                Yum yum yum yum.

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                                  indelibledotink RE: russkar Mar 17, 2014 12:26 AM

                                  the fish appears good, but the plastic greens give me pause.

                                  i have never eaten there.

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                                    russkar RE: indelibledotink Mar 17, 2014 10:29 AM

                                    Like I said the Sashimi at Kyung's is from the Auction daily and their is no fresher in Honolulu.
                                    We go to Gaku, Sasabune,and Mitch's for Sushi.

                                    1. re: indelibledotink
                                      killersmile RE: indelibledotink Mar 17, 2014 11:41 AM

                                      Kyung's is my go to for sashimi as well.

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                                        Ela0427 RE: killersmile Mar 18, 2014 11:31 AM

                                        ON MY LIST, looks delicious!!

                                      2. re: indelibledotink
                                        KaimukiMan RE: indelibledotink Mar 18, 2014 02:43 PM

                                        You mean there are places that don't use plastic greens? I've found then to be quite ubiquitous.

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                                          Ela0427 RE: KaimukiMan Mar 18, 2014 02:48 PM

                                          they are a standard bento box addition!

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                                            indelibledotink RE: KaimukiMan Mar 18, 2014 04:07 PM

                                            +2 for using 'ubiquitous.'

                                            are you getting takeout, or eating in? i've never seen the plastics used for dine in, usually a bed of shredded cabbage.

                                          2. re: indelibledotink
                                            scottca075 RE: indelibledotink Mar 19, 2014 12:44 PM

                                            With enough wasabi and shoyu the plastic greens really aren't that bad. Sake helps too.

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