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Da Restaurant, Mountain View - Maui Hawaiian

Pancho | Aug 31, 200403:27 PM

Lunched a couple of times at Da Restaurant (on Shoreline, just past the movie theaters), a new Hawaiian place, on the recommendation of an Oahu friend. A return trip with a Hilo friend confirmed:

They use Japanese (sticky) rice in their two scoops/and mac salad plate lunches.
The mac salad was the low point of an otherwise excellent menu (spam musubi!), lacking anything green or crunchy (for texture).
Chicken katsu came as six (6) breaded cutlets, enough for 1 teenager or 2 adults.
Lau lau was juicy, flavorful, not dried out or stringy
Beef teriyaki were marinated (Korean bbq-style)slices.
A Chinese chicken salad was humongous, with well-proportioned amounts of lettuce, chicken and fried wonton strips.
Lots of Hawaiian Sun softdrinks in the cooler behind the tables.

Entrees ran $8 - 10. Our initial reaction was "Wow, expensive for plate lunch". After we saw the portions, ate our fill, we thought it was good value.

They have another branch on Maui; the very friendly owner promises to expand the menu (add sai min, please!) as business picks up. Their Hawaiian/Polynesian clientele sure hopes so!

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