This out-of-the-way, unmarked eatery requires some looking to find it, but it is well worth it. Some of the more inventive sushi offerings on Big ... More
Nori's Saimin & Snacks
This out-of-the-way, unmarked eatery requires some looking to find it, but it is well worth it. Some of the more inventive sushi offerings on Big Island is served here, as well as special furikake scallops, consummate saimin of every stripe, chicken and beef sticks, homemade soups, and superb fried noodles. They are open daily for lunch and dinner.
Nori’s Special Loco Moco is a fresh hamburger patty (no frozen patties here) topped with brown gravy, two sunny side eggs (or your choice of egg) on sticky rice and served with one scoop mac salad. This is the best Loco Moco in town! You can taste the love that goes into every component of this dish. The hamburger patties are homemade and hand-formed with fresh ground beef, diced onions and seasonings. They are plump and juicy. The gravy is homemade too. You can see the beef specks and dripping inside of the gravy as it lavishly covers the hamburger patty and soaks into the sticky rice. The mac salad was pretty good too. Thumbs up, way up!
The Sizzling Salmon Plate comes with tossed salad, and two scoops of rice. Salmon was bathing and sizzling in a sesame teri (teriyaki) glaze with pickled veggies on top. The flavor combination was phenomenal! The salmon was perfectly cooked and it was tender like butter. This is both a hearty and healthy dinner. Thumbs up, way up!
Cut roll sushi of varying flavor as also available served tapas-style. Cooked tuna, tamago (Japanese-style sweet omelet), and pickled vegetables are rolling into sticky rice and enveloped by a sheet of nori (dried seaweed). I typically only eat sashimi-type sushi, but this was pretty good. The flavor combination was good with the seasoned tuna, the sweetness from the egg, and the sourness from the pickled vegetables. Keeps your tastes buds on their toes! Thumbs up!
Dessert? If you’re not too full, Nori’s has daily desserts that are scrumptious indeed. The Banana Cream Pie is homemade cream with fresh bananas. The cream was so decadent, a cross between vanilla pudding and custard. Being in the tropics, Hawaiian bananas are fresh and sweet (volcanic soil adds a lot of flavor boosting components to every fruit that is grown on these islands). This blows Marie Callendar’s version out of the water. Thumbs up, way up!
Nori’s Famous Chocolate Mochi Cake is topped with vanilla ice cream and thin chocolate chip mochi cookies broken into large bark-like pieces. It was presented like 5-star restaurant dessert with a 5-star taste. It’s no wonder why everyone comes back to the mainland with a few of these cakes to store in the freeze. They are da bomb! Thumbs up, way up!
Nori’s had special Loco Mocos on certain days of the week. Roasted Pork Loco Moco is a daily special on Saturdays. The roasted pork was thinly sliced and tender (no knife required) and served with all of Nori’s Loco Moco ingredients. There’s nothing better when eating this on the beach with a light sea breeze blowing, the scent of the salted sea, and the sound of the waves crashing onto shore. Thumbs up, way up!
the BEST Chicken stick plate in Hawaii. Ono kine grinds, it is my favorite dish. It's a local place so beware, you can't go in and expect mainland style food or setting, it is a hole in the wall kind of place. Just be nice and everything will be OK. Good saimin too.
Service is slow. Food is average for the price. Don't not eat here unless you have time to kill, expect to wait at least 30 minutes for you food from the time it is order. Don't not order take out unless you place order ahead of time at least 30 minutes.
Nori's is the best grinds on BI. I'm glad that it is hard to find and I hope nobody else finds it. It's not a touristy place, thank god. The girl's can be nice sometimes certainly not always but who cares. The saimin can't be beat!! Hilo style won ton min, special (w/chicken stick) is the best, but everything is onolicious and fresh. Also for Hilo this place is open late Who cares about the ambiance and service.