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Shiro’s Saimin Serves Up Delicious Food for Thought

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March 2, 2014

Story By: Jaimie Kim | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

There is nothing that beats an indulgence for the soul — comfort food in an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

You’ll find all of this and more at Shiro’s Saimin Haven, which has been serving new and loyal patrons since 1969.

“Customers are able to forget about the grind for a little while and just become part of our family,” says catering manager Bryce Fujimoto.

“We have some regulars who will come in every single day of the week, and our servers know exactly what they want on each specific day. They know the customers’ names, and we know their family.”

With an extensive menu of saimin options, one of Shiro’s most popular and unique dishes is Oxtail Saimin ($12.55). The oxtail soup base and dashi are prepared in-house and the saimin noodles are made by the restaurant at its Dillingham noodle factory. For an additional 95 cents, customers may add a hot and spicy element to the broth.

Aside from its familiar saimin selection, Shiro’s also serves a variety of other dishes including Chicken Cutlet with French Fries ($9.45). Recently, the eatery increased the portion size, giving customers more to feast on. Made to order, chicken is lightly breaded and cooked on a flat-top grill and topped with housemade gravy.

Another customer favorite is Bacon Belgian Waffle ($9.25). This newer menu option features waffle batter infused with bacon bits, cooked so that each bite includes a sweet and savory element. The waffle is then topped with whipped cream and, of course, more bacon bits.

And as you dine, take a moment to read and enjoy Shiro’s poems that line the walls, giving you additional food for thought.

Shiro’s Saimin Haven

Waimalu Shopping Center
98-020 Kamehameha Hwy., Aiea
488-8824 (restaurant and catering) 488-8834 (takeout)
Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
ShirosSaimin.com

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