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Puka Puka Kitchen

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


Asian, Hawaiian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
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All reviews lunch garlic rice lamb ahi falafel bento salad bbq chicken japanese curry katsu curries fries scallops hole in the wall window counter big flavor tiny place
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very small place with about 4 tables and a counter with seats at the window. I got the pork, my husband got the curry, and our daughter got the shrimp. Everything was delicious and the portions were very generous. We are so...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank FeliciaBest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

ひどいの一言。 店員が料理を間違えたので指摘すると、まず料理人に間違えを伝え、料理人が伝票通り作ったと伝票を見せると、客(私たち)に「お前のオーダーをそう聞いた!」と詰め寄って間違えを認めず、間違った料理を押し付けられました。 アヒとラムを言い間違うことはないですし、妻も隣の米国夫婦もその店員が「アヒソテーハーフ」と復唱していたのを聞いていたのにです。 この日食べたのはアヒソテー間違いのラムソテープレートとオススメのアヒカツプレート。これで40ドル。適正価値としては750円と800円(つまり12ー13ドルがせいぜい)の料理でした。ハーフありますと書いてありながら、皿が小さくなるだけで料金は変わらず。 ヒロのダウンタウンの典型的な観光客向けボッタクリ店でした。2度と行きません。 なんとなくアジアンで自分たちの雰囲気に酔ってるおのぼりさんたちにとっては良い店かもしれません。 I visited this terrible restaurant for linch in Dec.28th. Condition of dining; very durty Service; poor (Server of this restaurant mistook the order, but she never approving and said you said so.) Dishies; poor I think there are no...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kero-Gecko
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Probably one of the best meals we had on the island. An unassuming utilitarian cafe on the main drag, we thought we would give it a try. Mind blown. Asked our server what was the house faves - on her recommendation husband had the lamb...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank Sarahtravelbug43
Reviewed November 12, 2018

First stop after arriving into Hilo. Had the Katsu, wife had ahi pocket. Both fresh hot and delicious. Lady that served us was extremely friendly and took the time to explain the menu.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank georgeyporgey69
Reviewed August 7, 2018

A great little hole-in-the-wall for lunch. Simple food done right and served hot. The scallop plate, lamb pita, chicken pita, and katsu chicken were all excellent.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Weminuche
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Come hungry! I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food at Puka Puka. We had lunch there because of the high trip advisor reviews. Be prepared, the place is small....the atmosphere is pretty simple. Not quite a hole in the wall, but...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank ThePilotsWife07
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Puka Puka (Hawaiian for lots of holes, or little hole) Kitchen by far beats a lot of places around Hilo for both character, hospitality and amazing flavors! It's very humble, having only 3 tables and a window counter long enough for 3 small people or...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank RobbyofMaui
Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

Ahi Don and garlic rice was wonderful and the place is fun. Great value, lots of food for the price. Staff was very helpful and friendly

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Laura M
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

This super-friendly, unpretentious and tiny cafe was interesting because it serves locally inspired food. I ordered the lunch special, about $9 for chicken katsu, salad and a strange curry rice. The chicken was greasy and overbreaded. The rice was so full of turmeric and/or curry...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank SunshineCheyenne
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

I left nothing on my plate but the utensils. Had the stewed lamb with garlic rice and salad. After 15 days on a cruise, and 3 days in 3 French Polynesian Islands with no local.food or restaurants, I was so happy to find Puka Puka....More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Max L
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