Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp – Kahuku, HI

We decided to play tourists one day during the break and it was great. I love heading up to the North Shore for a change of pace. We had a good breakfast at Sunny Side which I will share in an upcoming post, got some Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation. We even decided to try the world’s biggest maze there. Well I sort of stood in the middle as the rest of them hit all the stations in the maze. I realized my shoes had a hole in them during the maze and it was not pleasant walking on the rocky ground with that hole. Then we capped off the day with my favorite prawns plate at Romy’s.

There are many complaints that can be thrown out about this place but once you understand and know what to expect, they won’t bother you. First, there’s always a long line to order. Second, they say you can call in you order beforehand to avoid waiting. Well, they never answer their phone so don’t even bother. Third, the plates are pricey. Yes, it’s seafood plates, they are not cheap. Fourth, the wait to get your food is lengthy too. So yes, it’s a lot of waiting, then you pay a lot of money and then you wait some more. Know this and expect these things so  you don’t get mad waiting. If you don’t think you can wait, don’t come here. Get plenny shrimp trucks out here.


150130-04Number 1 – Sauteed Butter Garlic Shrimp Plate
Look at all that garlic. Oh it’s so good.


150130-02Number 5 Steamed Prawns with Butter Garlic Dipping Sauce (2x)

I am not going to be the person NOT ordering double butter garlic sauces. Ahhh…this is my absolute favorite plate. I think it ranks in the top 5 of my favorite meals on the planet. I just love big prawns. The heads are so delicious and the bodies are so firm and meaty. It’s pricey but worth it in my opinion. I should not have written this post right now, I am so hungry! Wish I had this in front of me right now.

Day off – North Shore, HI

So as I have mentioned before, I was super stressed in December with a lot of different projects at work.  When my final project was complete, I totally took a vacation the day after.  Since I was taking the day off, I wanted to make it a productive one and I certainly think I did!  We drove out to Wahiawa to try Sunny Side Bakery, then up to the North Shore to get shrimp for lunch.  The day ended with dinner and a movie, while that included a lot of “doing,” I felt completely relaxed!  Let me share some pictures!

140109-01Pupukea Beach Park.  There was a guy sitting up front forever which ruined all our shots.  I finally got this when he left…hehe.

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Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp

Everyone who visits Oahu will inevitably go to the North Shore.  Once you’re up in the North Shore, you have a pick of many shrimp “trucks.”  For me personally, I prefer Romy’s.  I don’t think the shrimp is anything special that you couldn’t get anywhere else – I go to Romy’s for the prawns.  Not just the regular prawns, the bambucha ones!  The only prawns I will eat there are the prawns that come with the number 5.  For me, it’s worth the wait and price.  This dish is not for the weak – they are huge prawns with huge heads.  For me, who loves the shrimp head as much as the body…it’s heavenly.   The prawns for the number 5 isn’t always there – you either get there too early or they sell out too fast.  So when I do get the Prawns, it’s all the better!

Number 5 - Prawns!  I get it with the butter garlic sauce.  Sinfully delicious.

Number 5 – Prawns! I get it with the butter garlic sauce. Sinfully delicious.

Number 1 Shrimp - Butter Garlic and Spicy Shoyu Sauce (a good back-up for my number 5)

Number 1 Shrimp – Butter Garlic and Spicy Shoyu Sauce (a good back-up in case my number 5 isn’t available)