If you are visiting the Original Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku and would like a great cup of coffee, Aloha Espresso offers a variety of iced, hot and blended drinks to choose from. The prices are pretty reasonable, with some of their small sizes for only $2.50 and some of the large drinks, like the Iced Caramel Macciatto, for $5.50.
For starters, I love the look of this Coffee stand. It is very clean and welcoming with nice easy to read banners and menus. Sometimes this is often overlooked by owners of food trucks. I believe a nice clean and attractive stand is almost half the battle as this will bring consumers in to try your product. Once they’re in the door, it’s all about the taste and Aloha Espresso has the best of both worlds.
I asked Jim what his most popular drink was and he said, the Iced Caramel Macchiatto. Judging by the photo alone, it looked amazing so it was an easy choice. The Iced Caramel Macchiatto consists of Espresso, Chocolate, Caramel, Milk and Whipped Cream. As you can probably guess, these flavors went very well together and tasted very, very good.
What stood out the most was the actual coffee flavor. Aloha Espresso only uses the dark, French roasted whole Arabica beans mixed with local Kona coffee beans. You can tell from the first sip, this is good quality coffee. It was very rich and smooth without some of the bitterness that coffee sometimes comes with if it is not prepared properly. This does not mean that it did not taste like coffee but rather, the flavor of the espresso was extremely smooth. I have also tried Aloha Espresso’s classic Iced Latte which consists of Espresso, Milk and a flavor shot. This was also very good.
Overall, I enjoyed both drinks and though I am not an avid coffee drinker, I thought both the Macchiatto and the latte had very nice flavor and really hit the spot on a hot summer day.
If you want to visit Aloha Espresso, their hours are from 11:00am to 6:00pm, seven days a week.
As I mentioned above an in previous reviews, I am not an avid coffee drinker so I just want to make full disclosure when reviewing a niche like this. There are people that are extremely into their coffee, cigars, scotch, etc. Though I am not one who needs or loves his daily fix of coffee, it does not mean I don’t enjoy a good cup of cappuccino or latte from time to time. Avid coffee lovers may have a different opinion than mine but good is good and I really enjoyed the coffee from Aloha Espresso.
Here are some photos of my visit to the Aloha Espresso Coffee Stand
Map to Aloha Espresso
One of the more elusive food trucks on the island of Oahu is Impossibles Pizza. This food truck was named after one of the shore breaks on the North Shore of Oahu near the world famous Banzai Pipeline. Now, the name might indicate how hard it is to get a slice. I actually ate at this food truck several years ago and think it was open at different hours and more often than it is now.
Currently, Impossibles Pizza is only open three days a week, from 3:00pm to 8:00pm (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). There is a good reason for this. Impossibles Pizza is run by only one person. This would be hard enough for a shave ice truck but for a Pizza truck, this is quite a task.
The owner’s name is Micah. He is a really nice guy who makes very good pizzas. When I came by, I had missed his single slices by an hour. He sells single slices of pepperoni and cheese from only 3pm to 6pm. After 6pm he does only full pizza orders so I had to come again another time, much sooner than I did this time. There is no way I can or should eat a whole pizza by myself, even if it took me a couple of days.
So when I came back the following week, I made sure I got there before 6:00pm. Micah asked what I wanted to try and I just said whatever you got. A few minutes later he handed me a slice of pineapple bacon pizza. The first thought that popped in my head was, “this is one tricky pizza and one I would not normally order as this type of pizza can have too much pineapple juice and ruin the taste”. After the first bite, Micah proved that he really knows his pizza and even this tricky combination was excellent. If he is able to make a perfectly balanced pineapple bacon pizza then I would trust him to make any other type of pizza for me. You can see from the photos, he doesn’t just throw a few bits of bacon on the pie; he literally slaps entire strips of bacon uncut all over the pizza.
The pizza at Impossibles Pizza are not large, they are huge. There are photos on Yelp where it is literally spilling out of the box. When you order a slice, it is literally one quarter of the pizza and the slice only costs $6. Impossibles Pizza has 17 different types of pizza on the menu and you can even custom order your own personal creation. If you want to see all the types of pizza Impossibles Pizza has to offer, click on the images in the photo gallery to see their menu.
The one thing often overlooked when evaluating a pizza is the crust. There are all sorts of toppings you can get with any pizza out there but if the crust is not good or improperly cooked then the whole pizza is a failure. Impossibles Pizza nails their crust. It was perfectly cooked, with not a single inch being under or over cooked and it had an excellent flavor. The thickness of the crust, to me, was spot on. If you get a chance, you should also try Micah’s homemade ranch dressing with or without the pizza.
Overall, I would say if you are on the North Shore on any of the days Micah is open (after 3pm) and want a great pizza, Impossibles Pizza is really worth a shot. Just keep in mind this is literally a one man operation with no one to help him so please be patient or order in advance. From my own personal experience, it was well worth the visit. The cheese pizza (full order) starts at $20 and goes up from there depending on what you want on it. For what you are getting, the price is very reasonable.
Here are some photos from my visit to the Impossibles Pizza Food Truck
Map to Impossibles Pizza
Having already tried Giovanni’s and Zane’s Simply Shrimp, it was time now to try Honos Shrimp truck, located in the same food truck lot as Giovanni’s and Zane’s. I found this a little surprising that they would have three shrimp trucks all side by side in such a small space as they’d all be vying for the same customers but this is great for me since I don’t have to go far to try them all.
Honos is almost exclusively a shrimp truck which serves 6 types of shrimp dishes. They have Garlic Shrimp, Garlic Spicy Shrimp, Butter Shrimp, Butter Spicy Shrimp, BBQ Shrimp and Pineapple Shrimp. All the shrimp plates cost $13 each. They also offer a Kalbi plate for $14 and a combination Kalbi / Butter or Butter Spicy Shrimp plate for $15. For those of you in the military, they do give you a military discount for all dishes except the combo Kalbi Shrimp plate (item number 8).
I wanted to try both the garlic shrimp and the spicy shrimp, which they will do for $1 extra. This combination gives you 6 shrimp of each style. The shrimp at Honos Shrimp Truck are medium to large and are butterflied nicely to help keep the flavor on the shrimp and not just the shell. The shrimp were cooked nicely and were not over or undercooked.
The garlic shrimp had a pretty good flavor to it and I liked the way the bits of garlic was all over the shrimp itself and not just the outside shell. They were pretty easy to peel and overall, I thought it was pretty good. The spicy garlic, however, is another story. The sauce was very thick and it actually had a sweet flavor as opposed to a straight hot or spicy savory taste. I didn’t mind that the spicy sauce had some thickness to it but it was so thick and overpowering that the taste of the shrimp was lost. Also, I personally prefer a savory spicy sauce than a sweet spicy sauce with my shrimp. The heat on the sauce was medium so it shouldn’t be too hot for most people.
Overall, the quality of the shrimp itself was pretty good. Most people will probably like the garlic shrimp; however, the spicy shrimp may be a real hit or miss dish. If I were to recommend a plate at Honos Shrimp Truck, it would definitely be the Garlic Shrimp plate.
If you want to give Honos Shrimp Truck a try, I have no idea what their hours of operation are and how many days a week they are open as they do not have it posted on their truck, it’s not listed anywhere on the Yelp page and they do not have a website. My best guess would be to stop by there between 11:00am to 5:00pm seven days a week as I know that’s when Giovanni’s and Okina Cafe (located in the same lot) close their doors.
Here are some photos from my visit to Honos Shrimp Truck
Map to Honos Shrimp Truck
After driving by this little blue mini truck so many times near Sharks Cove, I finally got a chance to try the shave ice from the North Shore Shave Ice Truck. I have had shave ice from some of the most famous places on the island of Oahu such as Matsumoto’s, Waiola, Uncle Clay’s and Island Snow to name a few. So I’ve been pretty spoiled so far in my experiences with this very popular island dessert, until now.
When I stopped by and approached the truck to place my order, no one was there. I looked around and asked one of the guys at the rental place where the operator of the truck was. Neither of us could find him. I was pretty sure this was not a self-serve truck so instead of leaving, I decided to wait and sat on the bench enjoying the beautiful day and view of the ocean. No big deal.
After five to ten minutes of waiting, I notice a young man on a bike approaching with two bags of ice in his hands, which I’m guessing he purchased from Foodland as it is the closest store for someone on a bicycle. After he gets off his bike and places the ice where it needs to go, I approach him and ask what his truck is famous for. He says, “the view”. At least he was honest.
I ordered the Rainbow since that’s the one I’ve tried at several other places. My shave ice was ready within minutes. I use the term “shave ice” a little loosely here because the traditional method of making true shave ice is to literally shave the ice off of a round block of ice, not just crushing ice cubes into smaller bits of ice. The same effect just cannot be duplicated with ice cubes.
The North Shore Shave Ice Truck has about 11 flavors to choose from and also offers an Acai Bowl and a Root Beer Float. Everything on the menu is $5 and under. The flavors were sweet but in more of a sugary way and not in a fruity way. As you can see from the photos, the top of the shave ice has almost no color to it and two of these were taken right after it was made. The syrup quickly drains and after just a short amount of time most of the color and flavor is in the bottom of the bowl.
Overall, the young man who served me was friendly. This was not a bad experience or a negative one for that matter, just an average one. If you decide to have shave ice at the North Shore Shave Ice Truck don’t set your expectations too high or you’ll be disappointed. It’s easy to set the bar quite high when you’ve had some of the best on the island just don’t expect the quality of Uncle Clay’s, Waiola or Matsumoto’s.
If you want to give them a try, the North Shore Shave Ice Truck is open from 11:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and on weekends 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Here are some photos from my visit to the North Shore Shave Ice Truck
Map to the North Shore Shave Ice Truck
On the far corner of the Original Giovanni’s Food truck lot in Kahuku, there is an orange and white truck with a large white surfboard sign that reads “Chinese Food”. This is Kampuchea Kitchen. Underneath this sign (on the ground) is a white and green sign that says Philly Cheese Steak. If you’re like me, you probably thought the same thing I did when I saw these two signs. How good can their Philly Cheese Steak be? These two things normally would never be made in the same kitchen, with the same cooks. If they were, it would be hard to believe they’d both be very good.
Fortunately, I have an open mind, even though I was prepared to be disappointed with the Philly Cheese Steak, I went ahead and gave it a shot. The Kampuchea Kitchen is the definition of why you should never judge a book by its cover. I would say that this has to be one of the best Philly Cheese Steaks on the island if not THE best Philly Cheese Steak on the island.
I have never been to Philly (where this sandwich was made famous) so I cannot say how this would match up with some of the best. However, Yelp reviewers who have tried Kampuchea Kitchen’s Philly Cheese Steak have said it is the best they have had outside of Philly. I have also had my fair share of Philly Cheese Steaks over the years from many different places in various cities. This may be the best one I have ever had.
I don’t normally heap this much praise on any dish but when you see a place that nails it like Kampuchea Kitchen does, how can you not? It is a shame that they only have 6 Yelp reviews (three 5 star, three 4 star); it just goes to show you how many people have never tried their food and walked right by it like I normally would have (I am so glad I didn’t). If you haven’t tried their food, you should definitely give it a go.
The main reason I tried the food at Kampuchea Kitchen was because I decided to try at least one dish at every food truck near both Giovanni’s Shrimp Trucks (Giovanni’s in Haleiwa and the original Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku) to let people know something about each food truck and what to try there. If not for this, it is very likely I would have been like many others before me and never have tried any dish from Kampuchea Kitchen. That would have been my loss.
Overall, I could not be happier to have tried the Philly Cheese Steak at Kampuchea Kitchen. The couple that owns it is very nice. They provide good quality food at a pretty reasonable price. Of all the places I have tried and reviewed, this was one of the only places I went back to and re-ordered what I had before. Although, I did try the original Cheese Steak on my first visit, I also wanted to try their Mushroom Cheese Steak on my second visit. So yes, technically it is a slightly different dish, but it is more or less the same sandwich. The second one was just as good as the first, so it was no fluke.
The Kampuchea Kitchen may be the most overlooked food truck on the island of Oahu. Not only is it surrounded by so many other good food trucks, it is way in the corner of the lot where most people may never make it that far before picking a place to eat.
If this truck was repainted, given a little face lift and was in a better spot on the lot or a different place all together, I believe it would do a lot more business. The bright orange and white makes it almost look like a Home Depot food truck. Also, if you notice the old lettering on the center of the truck, you can see it says “American Food and Happy Burger” like it’s a food truck straight out of South Park. I really like the owners and want them to do well so don’t get me wrong with these comments. I am not trying to be mean spirited at all. It’s just when you have a great product yet so little feedback, one has to examine why this is. I would put this on location, overall aesthetics of the truck and lack of basic online marketing.
The Kampuchea Kitchen is the epitome of why I started reviewing places to eat on this island. This is a place that is often overlooked and I believe that more people would like their food if they were to give it a chance.
If you are looking to visit the Kampuchea Kitchen, they are open from 11:00am to 7:30pm, Tuesday through Friday and 11:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday through Monday. I hope you enjoy their Philly Cheese Steak as much as I did!
Here are some photos from my visit to the Kampuchea Kitchen Food Truck
Map to Kampuchea Kitchen
The OSS Cafe (Pronounced Aus Cafe), formerly known as the Three Tables food truck, serves a healthy variety of Brazilian food based on the Gracie diet. For those of you unfamiliar with the Gracie family, they are legendary in Brazil and around the world for their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ martial arts and self defense. To learn more about the Gracie diet, click on this link here.
The gentlemen who helped us, Bruno, was extremely helpful and spent a good amount of time with me explaining their dishes and how they’re prepared. While he is not the owner of the food truck, the owner was well represented as Bruno was very friendly, professional and knowledgeable about every item they serve. It would be nice if every food truck had someone like him working there.
After talking to Bruno, I tried the steak plate. Their steak is 100% grass fed top sirloin and is produced locally. The steak comes in three options: one half pound for $10, one pound for $15 and one pound of just steak (no sides) for only $12. I chose the one pound plate with sides of two scoops brown rice and a nice fresh green salad with papaya seed dressing).
Like most people, I ordered it medium; it was cooked and seasoned perfectly. The brown rice and salad was also very nice. As you may have seen from some of my other reviews, many of the salads from other trucks just throw some lettuce on a plate with a few slices of carrot or cabbage and some dressing; however, that is not the case with the OSS Cafe. Theirs was a salad you wanted to eat. The lettuce was fresh and green, it had a lot of thinly sliced carrots, a generous amount of feta cheese and of course the papaya seed dressing was a very nice touch. For a place that promotes the Gracie diet, they backed it up with some very nice quality food.
One of the more unique dishes the OSS Cafe has, which I haven’t seen before, is the tapioca dish. To best describe it, it is like a tapioca crepe that looks almost like a quesadilla. It is mostly a dessert dish and comes with five different options. You can choose cheese, caramel with banana, caramel with coconut, peanut butter with banana and Nutella with banana. I chose caramel with banana. It tasted great and best of all, it’s gluten free! My wife is allergic to gluten so she was very happy I found this dish. She enjoyed it as much as I did.
Overall, I was very impressed with the food and service I received at the OSS Cafe. The prices are very reasonable. Their items range from $6.50 to $9 with the exception of their steak plates which start at $10. It would be hard to find a better value on the island for healthy food. Their drinks are also reasonably priced, ranging from $3.00 to $7.50. The OSS Cafe also serves up several styles of Acai bowls, which are pretty large so you will get your money’s worth.
The OSS Cafe is open from 11:00am to 9:00pm, six days a week (closed on Sunday). They changed their menu a few months ago which is also why they changed their name from Three Tables to OSS Cafe. Their new name doesn’t have a Yelp page yet. Below is a link to their Yelp page (under Three Tables); however, please note their menu is no longer the same as it was under Three Tables.
Here are some photos of my visit to the OSS Cafe Food Truck
Map to OSS Cafe
Sandys Sandwiches may be the smallest food truck on the island but it may make sandwiches that pack the biggest punch. Sandys Sandwiches is actually owned and operated by Ryan who named it in honor of his mother.
Sandys Sandwiches has a simple menu consisting of six sandwiches and four salads. The prices for the sandwiches and salads are all $12, with the exception of the Chop Salad which is $14 and of course the classic P&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly) Sandwich at $6. Sandys Sandwiches also features organic orangeade for only $2.
Ryan recommended the Turkey and Brie sandwich so I gave that one a shot. Normally, I prefer my cuts of meat in sandwiches to be razor thin so I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the turkey sliced so thick. After trying it, the thicker cut was actually very good for this sandwich. The turkey was good quality and didn’t have a single bite that was subpar.
The Turkey and Brie sandwich comes with a nice thick pile of green leafy lettuce on both the top and bottom of the sandwich, fresh ripe red tomatoes and ripe red bell peppers, honey mustard, Black Hawaiian sea salt and of course turkey and brie. This sandwich was packed to the gills and is a little bit of a struggle to eat but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
You can see by the photos that all the ingredients are ripe and fresh and everything on the menu is locally sourced organic produce to feed the beach community. I’m not sure but I think this may be the first time I’ve ever had brie on a sandwich so I’m glad Ryan recommended this as I’ll definitely be adding brie to some of my own sandwiches in the future as well.
Overall, Sandys Sandwiches is a great place to try a good quality sandwich or salad made from very fresh produce and other ingredients Yeah, $12 may seem kind of steep for a sandwich, but this is Oahu and this is a very large and very tasty sandwich. I also liked the couple of slices of orange that came with it. Pineapple seems to be customary on Oahu, which I don’t mind as I like pineapple but a change every once in a while is also a good thing.
If you’re looking to give Sandys Sandwiches a shot, it is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm 6 days a week and closed on Tuesdays. Some food trucks on the island only take cash; Sandys Sandwiches also takes all major credit cards.
Here are some photos of my visit to Sandys Sandwiches
Map to Sandys Sandwiches
Tucked in the back, behind the original Giovanni’s Shrimp truck in Kahuku, is one of the area’s best hidden gems, Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake. The owner / operator’s name is actually Leilani and she is the one behind this tasty treat.
If you are familiar with the original Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck location, then the way to find Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake is to look directly back behind the Giovanni’s truck window (where you pay for your shrimp) and you will see it in the back row of shops in between the yellow Uncle Woody’s Corn truck and the Wood Carving stand.
Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake serves two kinds of Funnel Cake. One comes with just powdered sugar for only $7 and the other is fully loaded, which comes with powdered sugar, whipped cream, sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream, pureed strawberries and chocolate syrup for only $10. For me, the obvious choice was the fully loaded. If you are looking for a truly tasty dessert, this may be the best one in the area.
This is a fairly large dessert which can easily be shared between two or more people if you are so inclined to do so. The taste is as good as you’d expect it to be. Even on its own, the funnel cake tastes very good and is perfectly cooked. As you can see by the photos, Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake does not skimp on the ingredients and pretty much every bite was as good as the last one.
It’s only been a little over a year since Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake has been serving the public and in that short amount of time, the reviews have been very positive. They also sell Hawaiian storybooks written by Aaron T. Watene, bone carvings necklaces and other souvenirs as well.
Overall, it’s hard to beat the funnel cakes at Lanis Yummy Yum so if you’re in the area and in need of satisfying your sweet tooth, give them a try. Leilani is a very nice lady who really enjoys making desserts for the locals and the tourists alike and judging from my experience, almost everyone leaves Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake with a smile on their face and their sweet tooth satisfied.
If you are looking to stop by, they are open from 10:30am to 7:30pm, six days a week (closed on Sundays).
Here are some photos from my visit to Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake Food Truck
Map to Lanis Yummy Yum Funnel Cake Food Truck
If you’re looking for something different than what all the shrimp trucks on Oahu has to offer and you love Thai food, give Thai Food Express and Thai Food Express One a try. Both these trucks are owned and operated by brothers and both make really good Thai food at affordable prices.
Thai Food Express and Thai Food Express One are located on the Windward side of Oahu. Thai Food Express One is located near Mike’s Huli Huli Chicken in Kaneohe and is operated by Tommy. Thai Food Express is located just a little further north, in Punalu’u (next to Kaya’s store) and is operated by Tommy’s brother, Norm.
Though they have roughly the same menus, they are still distinguishable from the other as far as taste goes. I had a chance to meet and talk with both Tommy and Norm during my visit to both their locations. They are great guys who love food and could not have been more friendly during my visit.
Both trucks offer protein choices of Chicken, Beef, Pork, Tofu, Shrimp and Salmon and of course Veggie for non-meat eaters. The most popular dishes are the Panang, Yellow and Green Curry. Their prices are very reasonable, ranging from $10 up to $12 for their main dishes. The Spring Rolls and Papaya Salad costs $7 each. For what you get at the price you pay, very few food trucks on the island can do the same. Beverage items you might want to try while you’re there are the Thai Iced Tea and the Thai Iced Coffee. I tried them both at only $3 each and found them quite refreshing.
While at Tommy’s truck, Thai Food Express One, I tried the Shrimp Yellow Curry. This dish comes with basil leaf, onions, carrots and potatoes. What is unique about the potatoes is that they are steamed and not boiled. This helps maintain more of the nutrients as they are being cooked.
The curry was very nice and had a rich flavor to it. I really liked the fact that they serve quality sticky rice since it goes so well with this type of dish. The ingredients were fresh and the shrimp was cooked perfectly. All in all, it was a very tasty and filling dish.
Overall, I really enjoyed the food at the Thai Food Express One food truck. The seasoning was spot on, the ingredients were fresh and well prepared and the prices are more than reasonable. If you are in the area and looking for a great place to eat at a pretty low price, either Thai Food Express trucks should be able to hit the spot and provide something a little different than what many other food trucks offer.
If you want to stop by Thai Food Express One truck in Kaneohe, near Mikes Huli Huli Chicken, it is open from 11:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week. Whereas the Thai Food Express Truck in Punalu’u is open from 11:00am to 8:00pm, six days a week (closed on Mondays). There are Google Maps below to each location. Enjoy.
Here are some photos of my visit to both Thai Food Express Food Trucks:
Map to Thai Food Express One
Map to Thai Food Express
The Blue Water Shrimp Truck is located between Haleiwa Joe’s and the 76 Gas Station on Haleiwa Road, where it intersects onto Kamehameha Highway. If you are driving north on Kamehameha Highway, through Haleiwa, you could easily drive right by it. The first time I went there to eat, which was on a Tuesday at about 4:30pm, they looked either closed or abandoned So I took a photo to show that it was no longer open and moved on. Fortunately, about a week later on a Wednesday at about 6pm, I was in the area again and noticed that they were open for business. I pulled in and spoke to Marcus, the owner, who informed me that since he serves fresh shrimp, he follows the old adage, once it sells out, it’s time to go home.
There are some very famous BBQ places in Kansas City and Texas that go by that same rule. This made me want to try his food even more. Though I must admit, if I hadn’t been going to all the major shrimp trucks on the island to review them, I might have skipped it. Oh what I would have missed out on had I not tried his food!
The owner / operator Marcus was trained in the culinary arts in San Francisco and has 18 years experience under his belt. He takes cooking very seriously and after talking with him, it was evident his passion for food.
The Blue Water Shrimp Truck offers 6 shrimp dishes that include Garlic, Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Sweet Chili, Garlic Pepper and Garlic Dill Shrimp. They also serve Steak, Lobster, Pork Chops and Fish and provide 4 flavors of smoothies, Strawberry, Guava, Mango and Lilikoi. Their prices range from $8.95 to $24.95 (the Lobster Triple). On the day I was there, they also offered 8 plate specials (to view, please click on the images in my gallery at the bottom of this page). As I have tried the Garlic Shrimp at almost all the other shrimp trucks, I went ahead and ordered The Blue Water Shrimp Truck’s version.
I would say I probably only had to wait about 7 to 10 minutes before my order was ready. The first thing I noticed was the size of the shrimp. They were huge (extra jumbo 16 to 20 count ) and there were 8 on the plate. The first thing you should notice in my photos is that the sauce is completely different than any other food truck I have tried so far on the island. This was not simply some garlic, butter, salt and a few other spices. This was a full on creamy sauce that completely covered the rice and the shrimp. As big as these extra jumbo shrimp were, the sauce almost made some of the shrimp disappear beneath it. As a sauce guy, there was absolutely no complaints. The flavor was amazing.
If you look closely at the photos, you will see that each part of the plate is cooked or prepared to perfection. The salad is a romaine lettuce, spring mix combo with carrot, red cabbage, cranberries and cheese topped with Italian dressing. The pineapple slice was coated with li hing mui powder and was very tasty. The shrimp also came with the customary two scoops of rice with a little garnishing on top. What was also really nice was the scoop of sweet corn that no other shrimp truck I have visited has added to their plate. There was even a small slice of lemon that accompanied the plate as well. Nothing was mailed in on this dish and I wanted more of everything that this dish came with.
I also tried the Garlic Dill Shrimp plate, a Blue Water Shrimp Truck original. Of course like the Garlic Shrimp, the plate was the same, except the sauce. I would never have thought to put dill on shrimp but it worked really well and tasted very good. What I loved about this sauce was the inclusion of mushrooms and nice slices of perfectly cooked onions. The overall balance and flavors were really exceptional for both dishes.
Overall, I thought the food was excellent. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, the Blue Water Shrimp Truck is a must for some great tasting seafood. Living here on Oahu for quite some time, I can personally tell you food can be hit or miss so I’m glad to say that Marcus delivered in every way possible. The quality of his food was some of the best I’ve had in a long time.
Marcus was born and raised on Oahu. With his culinary training, passion for cooking and what he’s able to put on the plate, he is working towards opening his own restaurant one day. His food is something you should definitely try if you are in the area. It is also worth trying even if you are not in the area.
If you are thinking about giving the Blue Water Shrimp Truck a try, their normal hours of operation are from 10:30am to 6:30pm. However, as mentioned above, once they sell out, their doors will be closed so get there early or give them a call if you plan on going later in the day to make sure they are still open for business. The phone number for the Blue Water Shrimp Truck as listed on Yelp is 808-228-6314. Keep in mind that they may not be able to answer the phone if they are busy with customers at the moment.
Here are some photos from my visit to the Blue Water Shrimp Truck
Map to the Blue Water Shrimp Truck