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“Nothing to write home about”

Kim Chee Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 131 Restaurants in Kaneohe
Price range: US$6 - US$18
Cuisines: Asian, Korean
Good for: Local cuisine
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Good for: Local cuisine
Reviewed 5 January 2013

We have had quite a bit of good luck with "hole-in-the-wall" dives in Hawaii and so we had had high hopes for Kim Chee 1. Well, we were disappointed. First, it's supposed to be a Korean restaurant, but at least 80% of the menu times were Japanese. But since we came for Korean, we ordered typical traditional Korean dishes. I had the Beef Bi-Bim Ba. Soooo disappointing. I am used to this dish being served in a piping hot iron or stone bowl, with the rice, veggies and beef still sizzling on the sides of the bowl. But no, this was just served in a regular bowl, with all the veggies, rice and beef dumped in separately. The beef itself was quite tasty, but none of the other ingredients was interesting at all. My wife had the Chop Chae. Also completely uninteresting. It's not that the food was "bad" per se. It was just sort of boring, basically incredibly average. Since there are so many other better hole-in-the-wall options in Kaneohe and Kailua, we won't be going back to Kim Chee 1.

Thank TokyoHaze
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

My family loves the family packs that include meat jun, chicken, kal bi, all the veggies. My kids also love the chicken katsu. Everyone is happy when we go here. Parking is a problem so we usually order our food to go.

Thank Lisa60653
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Wish they were located in my home town! This was my favorite restaurant of all during this week long stay in Hawaii. The food is very authentic and you can't find more friendly service!

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Reviewed 14 December 2017
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