After checking out Sunset Ranch as the site for our friend’s wedding, we all headed down to Fumi’s Shrimp in Kahuku. Our go-to shrimp in the North Shore has always been Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, so to deviate from Giovanni’s was a little intimidating at first.
All four of us ended up with the same plate…#2, which was the butter garlic shrimp for $12. This plate comes with 9 plump shrimp, two scoops of rice, salad, and a slice of pineapple. The shrimp and rice was absolutely doused with chopped pieces of garlic and butter. I have to say that compared to Giovanni’s, the garlic here was chopped up much larger and gave off a stronger garlic aroma which is definitely better in my book. The butter on the other hand has to go to Giovanni’s as they absolutely drown their garlic with butter.
The shrimp at Fumi’s was very delicious and had a nice crunch, but VERY SLIGHTLY overcooked. By no means is this a deal breaker, but it couldn’t have been a little less tough. In addition, the last time I went to Giovanni’s, they gave us 12 shrimps versus the 9 at Fumi’s. I’m not sure if Fumi’s always sold 9 shrimps or if it was due to the economy, but the value has to go to Giovanni’s on this one.
Overall, I would definitely return to Fumi’s. They had a much nicer seating area and a sink with soap to wash your hands (really, this is a HUGE benefit especially after getting your hands all grimy and oily from the shrimp), and though crowded, was not nearly as crowded as Giovanni’s. I would definitely say that Fumi’s is a great alternative to Giovanni’s. With all the different plates that they sell, I am eager to return to try the rest of the menu!