Torrance, CA 90502
I’ve been on the hunt for good Hawaiian food in the South Bay. There are actually quite a number of Hawaiian joints in South Bay, but not too many that have decent Yelp reviews. Island Eats is one of the few that has 4 stars on Yelp, and is relatively easy to get to (just off the 405) and park.
Island Eats is located right at the corner of 190th and Normandie, tucked between two tall buildings (a credit union and a storage place I think). There’s plenty of seating, both inside and outside. The restaurant itself is pretty casual and relaxing. Simply place your order and pay at the register, then wait for the food. Everything is made to order so might take a while for the food to be ready! During most of the weekdays, Island Eats is only open for breakfast and lunch (until 2pm). Fridays and Saturdays are the only 2 days that they open for dinner, so plan accordingly!
Island Eats serves up quite a variety of Hawaiian favorites, such as lau lau (pork wrapped in taro leaves), loco moco (hamburger patties covered with gravy, and topped with sunny side-up eggs), kalua pork, saimin, spam musubi, poke and garlic shrimp.
The restaurant has a small signage outside. Look for the canopy!
Poke rice – recommended by a lot of Yelpers and it did not disappoint! This is listed under one of the side items. It is a meal by itself — generous amounts of tuna poke on top of wasabi cream sauce drizzled warm rice. For those of you who do not know poke, it’s basically raw tuna marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil, then sprinkled with scallions, sesame seeds and seaweed. Kind of like an Asian ceviche. Yum! $8
Uncle’s Fried Chicken plate – “island style” boneless chicken thigh pieces, comes with salad, potato mac and rice. The island style chicken has a sweet batter (I think Hawaiian style chicken usually uses a bit of rice flour) and is well marinated. It was freshly fried, so very crunchy on the outside and still juicy on the inside. The potato mac was a little bland though. Overall, decent portion size and well prepared. $8.95
Will definitely have to come back and try other dishes that Yelpers also recommend, like the lau lau and the loco moco! 🙂