Hamura Saimin was our first eating stop for this trip. The timing was perfect. After checking into our hotel we went straight to Hamura's and arrived there a little after they opened.
I had seen a picture of these mochi balls ($2.00) on Yelp and knew exactly where on the counter they'd be. I headed straight for them and grabbed a stick.
I busted it open even before ordering our food. It was amaaaaaazing . . . lightly coated with a sugary glaze, not too oily, chewy with a little crunch . . . YUMMMM!
I liked the configuration of the seating. It was nearly empty when we arrived, but it quickly filled up. I had seen quite a few negative reviews about the saimin, so I kept my expectations low. Words like "no better than cup o' noodles", "S & S type broth", and "overcooked noodles" had made me wary. Me and Les decided to share a small saimin ($6.00) and a plate of fried noodles ($5.75).
Les thought that the saimin was just okay . . . the broth, a bit salty. Me? I loooooooved it! Almost as good as my favorite Sekiya saimin. Yippeeee!
The fried noodles was good too.
Thanks to Les, we didn't forget to try a slice of the much-lauded Lilikoi Chiffon Pie ($3.25), which was placed on our plate off-center and pointing skyward. This, too, earned a thumbs up!
Three for three! Actually, four for four if you include the mochi balls. Already our trip was off to a great start.