Tina’s Garden Gourmet Cafe is another restaurant that serves Thai food. It is located in the old part of Hilo; in a row of small shops, eateries, and markets. We happened into it while looking for a vegan-friendly place to eat lunch.
It was a good find.
We had tom yum that was exceptionally good, and true to this classic Thai soup. We also had a som tom (papaya salad) that was good, and that was served with coconut rice. The portions were large, leaving a dinner’s-worth of tom yum to take home.
Many other Thai dishes are on the menu, including options with seafood and meat for the non-vegan.
At another table, we overheard two repeat customers wax-on about how much they love Tina’s. We think their affections are well-placed. Tina’s Garden Gourmet Cafe is an establishment we will visit again, and a recommended stop for anyone visiting Hilo.