Have you ever walked into a place thinking it was a new discovery, only to find it has been open for two years? This happened to me recently with the Tamura in Wailuku. Tamura’s is well known for its extensive collection of spirits, but in Wailuku it’s more of a market.
Tamura’s Kitchen prepares breakfast, bentos, hot lunch plates and take out. I went in looking for a special liquor bottle, but instead found rows of all the kine food items, a large produce section, lots of fresh raw protein and fish. Yes, they have a small section for wine, liquor, and beer, and that’s quality. If you are looking for an esoteric bottle go to Kahului, if not, they have what you need in Wailuku.
One of the things I noticed right away is that the price is really reasonable in the kitchen. They have an old fashioned okazuya style breakfast in hot dishes where you choose your a la carte options. Their ahi pancake is ridiculously good – only $ 2.50 a pop. They grind the tasty ahi poke into patties which they gently fry. They are tender, full of flavor, and make a flawless Pescatarian breakfast with scrambled eggs and rice. They also have brown rice and white rice.
Breakfast also includes hash corned beef patties for $ 1.50, as well as classic okazuya proteins like chicken shoyu, fried chicken, shrimp tempura, nishime, and chicken with mushrooms, all ranging from $ 1 to $ 5 per serving. I’m especially excited by their musubi ume triangles – seasoned steamed rice stout edged with seaweed and adorned with a dark pink salty plum for $ 1.50. Of course, they also offer musubi spam for the same price.
Tamura’s Kitchen also makes a nasty hot dog. They have all the fixings like mustard / mayo, ketchup, chopped pickles, onions, and cheese. Best by far is Redondo’s red dog with all the bread steamed for $ 1.25 (or with chili for $ 3). The ahi patty they make for breakfast can also be made into a sandwich, and they also have burgers, cheeseburgers, beef teri, chicken, and pork sandwiches for $ 3.25.
The fun chow bento is $ 4.95 and a bomb. It features roast pork, bacon, green onions, bean sprouts, carrot slices and fun big noodles. What not to like? It’s simple and the portion you get for $ 4.95 is well worth it. Bento combos like the kalbi, which comes pre-chopped with bite-sized chunks of teri chicken, come prepackaged and ready to grab for $ 8.95. They are served with furikake rice, daikon and ginger toppings.
It is simply the food they sell in the morning. At 10 a.m., the lunch team ignites with breaded teriyaki, garlic chicken, chicken katsu, and burger steak. The kitchen also offers a whiteboard menu with multiple daily specials, new combos, meal offerings, and Tamura’s 442 Supper Sando, a grilled roast beef, turkey and pastrami opu pleaser. But place your orders before 2:45 p.m. because everything is pau at 3:00 p.m.
THE TAMURA EXPRESS
841 Alua Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
MF 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat and Sun from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tamura’s Breakfast Bento Menu
Tamura plate lunch menu