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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck (Hawaii, US)

Note: This review is for the Haleiwa location and not the Kahuku location. 

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Let me start by saying I'm not a big fan of shrimp. Despite that, we had to make a 40 minute drive from Honolulu out to Giovanni's Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa (North Shore) just because it's that good.


Shrimp Scampi Plate
The last time I went, there were 2 shrimp trucks in the same dirt clearing by the highway. This time around, there were 2 shrimp tucks and another 3 other food trucks in the same clearing. The only truck with customers lining up and eating its food was Giovanni's. I'm not sure how the others stay in business...

This will be a short review because we all ordered the same thing: Shrimp Scampi. They have Hot & Spicy shrimp as well but we tried it a few years back and it was so spicy that we couldn't actually taste the shrimp. The third menu item was Lemon Butter Shrimp which we also tried before and we found that the flavours were more subtle than the scampi.

Shrimp Scampi (close-up)
So the shrimp scampi plate is probably made with several cloves of garlic. They even top the rice with more garlic! Although I'm not a shrimp fan, I love their scampi. They are fresh, juicy, cooked perfectly and very flavorful.

I recommend driving out to the North Shore to give them
a try. There's a reason everyone goes to Giovanni's instead of the other half a dozen food trucks nearby.

Summary:
Food: Very good.

Setting: Average. It's in a dirt clearing and the only available seating is a few park benches with flies swarming you.

Value: Good. The food more than makes up for the price, which isn't quite as easy to swallow at $13 per plate.

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