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“Do not waste your time or money”

Romy's Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp
Ranked #5 of 8 Quick Bites in Kahuku
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Reviewed 9 October 2017

An uber driver in Waikiki had recommended Romy's to my husband and so when we left Waikiki and had a rental car, we went there instead of the competitors. What a mistake! My husband had the garlic shrimp (peel them yourself - gross) and I had the fried shrimp because they came "clean." Well, the price and wait was not worth it. We got there around 2:00 p.m. and still waited for more than 45 minutes for our shrimp and two dollops of white rice. My husband was game to peel his shrimp and was a terrible mess at the end and I had to get more paper towels for him and turn on the sink for him so he could mop up. The fried shrimp come encased in the same paper as egg rolls. They were okay, but the white rice was, as you would expect, bland. Everyone waits in huge, very hot, tent perched on the huge ponds where the shrimp are farmed. About a half hour into our wait a small tour bus pulled up and let out about 12 people. They had obviously called in their order in advance and so got their food almost immediately, which pissed me off as we continued to wait for our food. Anyhow, not sure how this compares to the other shrimp stands on the north shore, but it was a huge waste of time and money.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Garlic grilled shrimp & steamed shrimp was amazing.

Worth the wait. (decent organized queue tracking).

Ordering staff was polite and professional.

Area is near Northshore and after the famous Waimea beach cliff(bay)

Highly recommended even though there are many other competitors around.

1  Thank BubblesEito
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Our first time here. We tried 3 "shrimp shacks" already. So far it ranks 2nd. We ordered Butter garlic scampi and sweet/spicy shrimp. It was ok. Too much garlic. The garlic tasted a little burnt/bitter. Loved the shoyu dipping sauce. I still prefer the one's in Fumis. The sweet/spicy as my husband said has nothing special to it. I didn't tried it but it looks like plain shrimp with lots of oil and a dipping sauce that looks like a sauce for spring roll. If you want spicy definitely go to Giovanni's. Again, no paper towel to wipe your hands after washing. Lots of flies too. Good thing that there is no line at 3pm on a Friday and lots of table and seats. Clean restroom. Adequate parking space.

So my top 1- Fumi's
Top 2- Romy's
Top 3- Giovanni's

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This was listed as a must visit by family and friends who have been here. I've never had Giovannis, but the shrimp here was amazing!! The garlic shrimp was full of flavour, spend the extra few dollars for extra garlic! We got there and there was no lineup but we had a few other people waiting for food. We ordered the Garlic Shrimp and the Sweet/Spicy Shrimp. The Sweet/Spicy Shrimp was passable..good but nothing mind blowing. The Garlic Shrimp however made it worth the trip!!

We waited about 45 minutes but as the signs say they don't make fast food they make good food. They were out of prawns on the day we went (~3pm). The flies were everywhere but thats out of their control. The tented area and tables were clean and plenty. Would definitely return!

Thank sk1pxx
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We're staying on the North Shore and there are very few options for dining. Couple that with day trippers on a weekend driving the circular route of the island and you have a recipe for disaster.

The wait time is incredibly long. At 2 PM (hardly peak lunch time) waited 40 minutes before ordering and another 20 minutes after. The place is famous for their garlic butter shrimp and hey, guess what? Sold out. No signs to warn us, no announcements to deter people from waiting in line.

The food we got (boiled shrimp with the garlic and butter on the side and fried shrimp) was fine. Standard. No problem. However, nothing special. Don't know what all the fuss is about.

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1  Thank TokyoShirokuma
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