Kaimuki eatery boasts local grinds

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July 20, 2014

Story By: Jaimie Kim Farinas | Photos by: Nathalie Walker

The more, the merrier. That’s exactly what guests can look forward to at Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner, where selections from two menus are definitely better than one.

Little known fact to some, may be the recent merger between Fairwood Drive-Inn and Pho 27. Owner Tiffany Ko recognized a need in the Kaimuki area for a wider array of ramen options, and decided to revamp the menu to offer an extensive variety of ramen dishes.

Along with the restaurant’s new name, comes a new selection of eats, with a variety of specials available for dine-in or takeout.

Fairwood’s most recent addition, and the first of its kind on the island, is Mochi Ton Bowl ($8.99). This unique dish features a bed of mochi rice, topped with steamed won ton, lup cheong and choy sum, accompanied with garlic-shoyu sauce. Another favorite is Pan Fried Saimin ($7.75) with cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, Spam, bean sprouts, round onion and green onion.

Those looking for a similarly delicious dish may opt for Garden Fried Rice ($7.75), which features stir-fried broccoli, choy sum, corn, eggs, green onion and carrots.

Ko also recommends Seafood Platter. Priced at ($11.95), this crowd pleaser presents two deep-fried oysters, three shrimp tempura and two fish tempura, served with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad.

Finally, take your meal to the next level, by adding sides of egg, teriyaki beef, chicken katsu and more (each priced at $3 or less).

Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner

Kaimuki Shopping Center
3221 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu
Open daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96816

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