Can You Handle A Good Deal?

January 17th, 2012
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I kinda left Da WWD! Hui hanging many blogs ago wen I posted about a food review showdown on How Do You Grind?.

There were three establishments that Da Wife and I went to wea each had it's positives and negatives. They were (according to da pics on da "How Do You Grind?" blog) Moe's Southwest Grill, The Alley and Daiichi Ramen & Curry. I'll let you guess which came in second but da hands down winnah is.......




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And da winnah is...................... Daiichi Ramen & Curry!







Dis was our first time evah at Daiichi. We dined in at da Aiea location and latah found out they had opened a second location in Pearl City (same complex as Starbucks, L&L and Pandas). Not sure if they still are offereing a 10% discount for take-out as a grand opening special but it doesn't hurt to ask. They also normally have coupons in the Val-Pak that comes in da mail.





Believe it or not, dis pic is missing anoddah main dish. I ordered a 2-set combo which came wit a "mini" udon (soba, saimin or udon in choice of broth) and two side dishes. Da Wife ordered a 1-set combo. Her udon couldn't fit in da pic.





Dis was my udon with tantan broth. Da broth is very hearty and "gritty". I cannot say for certain if the noodles are made in house or brought in but they were not over boiled and still "chewy" and solid as it should be.





Hea's a description of da tan tan broth which is cooked for 12 hours. Yup, TWELVE HOURS! :shock:





Da Wife had udon as well with shoyu base. Da wooden spoon was a nice touch I thought trying to give it da "ramen feel".





Part 1 of da two set combo I got a "mini" curry with rice. Da curry was tasty but on da watery side as Japanese curry tends to be. I prefer "thick" curry myself but for those who like the texture of curry from The Curry House will like the curry at Daiichi. Imho, I believe both use S&B curry but it is not confirmed nor will I say that it is, it just has similarities.





For part II of da two set combo I got da chicken katsu. Da breading on da chicken was put together nicely. It wasn't heavy or over-coated and you had a nice balance of chicken and breading. I'm not 100% surah if they used Panko but it tasted like it to keep it light. It was a little thin but I think they pounded it to make the chicken softer and it was.





Da Wife choose da 4pc gyoza for her one set combo. Gyoza is gyoza. Da main thing you no burn 'em.




So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

1/2

Three and a half Shakas and a Chance 'Um


Tables are a little tight (hence da 1/2 shaka deduction) to fit as much customers as can but it's a very casual restaurant, not fine dining. It was a little warm inside but it could have been just da broth... or maybe cause we were right undah da a/c and couldn't feel da breeze.





SERVICE

Four Shakas and an Au'right!


Service was more than satisfactory. The restaurant was packed with people shuttling in and out quickly and the hostess/server made it a point to greet everyone or at least say hi. She even anticipated Da Baby's needs by bringing an empty bowl and extra spoon before we even asked. A nice touch dat I liked was that she thanked everyone before they left with genuine sincerity instead of just "saying it".





KANACK VALUE

Five Shakas and a Howzit!


For all da food we got and feeding 2 1/4 people for only $16 and change ($20 wit tip) I'd say dat would rank right up there as one of da bettah deals in town. I was more than stuffed - and I'm a big eater - so for an average eater, it's garans a take some to work for lunch kinda deal.





OVERALL

Four Shakas and an Au'right!


You want an onolicious, stuff your opu, quick and fairly cheap meal (for wat you're getting) then check out Daiichi Ramen & Curry. They have two locations: one in Aiea right across the Shell station below Aiea Bowl and the second in Pearl City. It really is a family, aftah a game or practice, no like cook at home kinda place.

It definitely isn't a first date..... maybe da third once you're broke from da first two. :razz:








16 Responses to “Can You Handle A Good Deal?”

  1. GA Bows:

    Oh damn, it's 8:19 am and you just made me hungry!


  2. wafan:

    I know where that is! Going to have to try it this summer. Looks good, though. Have you tried the ramen place on the Longs side of the street? The cold noodles are my favorite and the saimin is yummy, too.


  3. hemajang:

    Good one, BL. Definitely a place I will try. Seems like all the good reviews of ramen places are in town or Waikiki.


  4. De:

    I was wondering when your food reviews were going to be back. Love them!!!!


  5. M:

    Howzit BL!

    Every ting looks so oooonnnnoooo!


  6. TChahng:

    Das one of my favorite places to go in Aiea, especially if I no like cook at home. A couple doors to the right is annodah ono place, Young's Kalbi. :)


  7. roach:

    BL,

    Gee thanks. I'm trying to lose weight and there you go showing all that ono food. I think I gained 2 pounds just looking at the pictures. Good thing no mo smell with the pictures.


  8. rayboyjr:

    hey Braddah Lance ... da food looks good ... but too much for me ... I cannot handle the combo set ... I could eat that over a whole week ... I wouldn't mind if places like these offered smaller portion combos ... a little of this and a little of that ... mini kine ...

    ... and I notice da bay leaf in da curry stew ... haha ... funny to me, because somehow someway I always seem to get da serving ... wit da bay leaf inside!!! ... but dis time you get 'em ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  9. carokun:

    Yummy! Guess I'll be going to AhiVegetable and eating a curry bowl today. :)


  10. hemajang:

    oh, if to the left of Young's Kalbee then I went Daiichi Ramen one time befo. Forget what I had but not ramen. And imho Young's makes the best meat jun.


  11. B:

    dis is one of our fave places. as mentioned...ono grinds fo reasonable price. if you ever make take out...they always give you the soup/saucy part in a separate container. at least wen you get home everyting not all soggy.


  12. bigislandkurt:

    12 hour broth. That's what separates Ramen from Saimin. Just like they do it in Japan. The soup is the most ono part.


  13. 9thIslandGirl:

    Looks so yummy and that was my vote!


  14. M:

    Guud morning BL!


  15. sally:

    Restaurants should hire you to take their food pics. Always look so ono!


  16. Braddah Lance:

    GA Bows:
    Oh damn, it's 8:19 am and you just made me hungry!

    Don't lick da screen. :razz:
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    wafan:
    Going to have to try it this summer.

    Hot ramen in da summah? :shock:

    Have you tried the ramen place on the Longs side of the street? The cold noodles are my favorite and the saimin is yummy, too.

    Nope. It's always crowded during dinnah so it must have a loyal following.
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    hemajang:
    Seems like all the good reviews of ramen places are in town or Waikiki.

    Gotta make da Japanee tourist feel a little comfort of home.
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    De:
    I was wondering when your food reviews were going to be back. Love them!!!!

    Awwww, Mahalos! I'd love to be food critic but I swear I'd gain about a 100 pounds in about two seconds.
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    M:
    Every ting looks so oooonnnnoooo!

    It tasted ono too. :grin:
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    TChahng:
    A couple doors to the right is annodah ono place, Young's Kalbi.

    Dat place is ono too!
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    roach:
    Gee thanks. I'm trying to lose weight and there you go showing all that ono food. I think I gained 2 pounds just looking at the pictures. Good thing no mo smell with the pictures.

    Wat if I held it in front of you and you chased me? :razz: And how come your Smell-o-Vision not working?
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    rayboyjr:
    ... but too much for me ... I cannot handle the combo set ... I could eat that over a whole week ...

    Heh? You get staples or wat?

    I wouldn't mind if places like these offered smaller portion combos ... a little of this and a little of that ... mini kine ...

    Those were da "mini's". :roll:

    ... and I notice da bay leaf in da curry stew ... haha ... funny to me, because somehow someway I always seem to get da serving ... wit da bay leaf inside!!! ... but dis time you get 'em ...

    I get dat most times too. :sad:
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    carokun:
    Yummy! Guess I'll be going to AhiVegetable and eating a curry bowl today.

    You going AhiVegetable to get curry? :lol: Wat about da ahi?
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    hemajang:
    And imho Young's makes the best meat jun.

    I gotta agree. I tink it's cause they marinate the meat.
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    B:
    if you ever make take out...they always give you the soup/saucy part in a separate container. at least wen you get home everyting not all soggy.

    We've already had take-out about a half dozen times and it's just as good.
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    bigislandkurt:
    12 hour broth. That's what separates Ramen from Saimin. Just like they do it in Japan. The soup is the most ono part.

    I totally agree dat da broth is da most ono part. And I've nevah thought about da difference between ramen and saimin but it makes perfect sense about broth and just hot watah. And I so totally agree dat Japan is broke da mouth ono wen it comes to ramen, noodles and dat kine.
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    9thIslandGirl:
    Looks so yummy and that was my vote!

    You voted right!
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    M:
    Guud morning BL!

    Right back at 'cha!
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    sally:
    Restaurants should hire you to take their food pics. Always look so ono!

    It's only cause you hungry... and there are a ton of oddah people who take way bettah pics than me... but I appreciate your comment cause I always try and take da "right" pic. :grin: