Restaurant Review: Back Home in Lahaina Manhattan Beach,CA

After driving past Back Home in Lahaina several times over the last few years, I finally got around to checking the place out. Lahaina means merciless sun in Hawaiian, thankfully the interior of the restaurant wasn’t made to mimic the climate of Lahaina. However, some fake  trees and lava rocks adorned the dining area. It took us several moments to be seated as the host stand was unmanned when we arrived. Once seated, our server said she’d be right with us, then arrived shortly after to take the drink order while we looked at the menu.

Decor at Back Home in Lahaina

The menu consisted of many traditional Hawaiian entrees such as kalua pork, and loco moco as well as sandwiches, salads, and combination platters. Many of the dishes were Asian influences which is typical of Hawaiian cuisine. I ordered the fried samin noodles and char siu chicken. With the kitchen being close by, I observed how quickly the orders were arriving. Ours was no exception. The order arrived within 15 minutes.

Saimin Noodles and Char Siu Chicken

My first thought was that the portion was very generous. The noodles were cooked just right and the chicken was sweet and moist. The dish was accompanied by rice and potato salad that were both very good and a side of horseradish that I myself left alone as I prefer the mild seasonings of the dish. I didn’t finish this meal in one seating so I gladly took it home where it was my meal the following day.

The servers were very attentive, refilling drinks and clearing plates when necessary. I would recommend this restaurant for a leisurely meal as that is the vibe of this restaurant. Also, bring your appetite as these portions are huge.

Back Home in Lahaina has an average menu price of $15.00. It has its own parking lot located behind the building with ample parking available.

My rating: *** 1/2 out of 5 stars
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King’s Hawaiian Torrance CA



King’s Hawaiian rolls. You’ve seen them at your grocery store, at picnics, and barbecues. If you live in the south bay area, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a Kings Hawaiian restaurant nearby.

When I found out that the King’s Hawaiian restaurant and bakery was around the corner from me, I was elated! I had to try this place out & try it out soon!
A friend of mine and I checked this place out for lunch. I had arrived first, a quarter to noon and noticed the slew of patrons entering, and another slew of patrons leaving, cake boxes in hand. At that point I figured that it has to be good.

Upon entering, the first thing you will see is the bakery, with enough sweets to make that 5 mile run to burn it all off worth it! Cakes, pies, tarts, chocolate, its all there. Of course it wouldn’t be King’s Hawaiian bakery without their signature hawaiian rolls, an ample supply was available.

After eyeing all the possible desserts we could have, we were greeted and seated right away. The dining area was bright with a very tropical feel. The green color scheme, the foliage,the many windows helped with the ambiance.
Our server had greeted us, took our drink orders, and made a few menu recommendations. When she returned with our drinks, she also brought us to our delight, some warm Hawaiian rolls.

The rolls were moist and sweet. The butter melted right away as the rolls were fairly warm.
it was a wonderful way to start our meal.

The menu consisted of your typical hawaiian fare: lomi salmon, kalua pork, loco moco, plus some lesser known Hawaiian dishes of noodles ,curries, and fried rice. If you can’t decide on an entree, fear not, for there were plenty of combo platters where you could sample several dishes.

I ordered the mixed plate with kalua pork and chicken katsu. It did not take too long for the food to arrive, which was great since it was the middle of the lunch rush. The pork and chicken were served alongside a scoop of rice and macaroni salad. The presentation was great, the portion size was just right. Unfortunately, the entree itself could have been better. The chicken was somewhat dry, and the pork was a bit on the salty side. Our server had come by once to check on us and to refill our drinks. Once we were through with our meal, some confusion had started.
We had told our server that we were ready for dessert. She had told us to go to the bakery and select our desserts, that we couldn’t order through her, but she assured us that our table would still be there for us. We proceeded to the bakery and ordered our desserts. The cashier told us that we could order through our server, but we would incur a tax, but if we ordered through her, there would be no tax. We had told her our server instructed us to order through her. So we did & ended up making a separate check for the desserts. We headed back to the dining room.
To our dismay, our table had been completely cleared, even after our server told us that our table would still be there for us. We had to ask her to give us our refills since the table was cleared.

My dessert, a kiwi strawberry cake was great. The cake was light & moist and the fruits were fresh and delicious.
We couldn’t find our server for a while and when we finally saw her, we told her that we needed the check. She came back a few moments later but it did take her a while to actually settle the bill.
All in all my experience was average. I would come back again for the desserts, and the bread. As far as lunch, I may take it to go as my dining experience in itself was not great. I would return to dine, possibly for dinner just to give it another try. I’d try some other entrees as well.
King’s Hawaiian accepts all forms of payment. It has its own parking lot and the attire is casual. The average price per entree is $10.
I give this establishment YY 1/2 out of 5 hearts.
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