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May 13, 2008 10:10 PM

Who Makes Good Fish n Chips in Honolulu

Anyone have any good fish n chip experiences in Honolulu? Not too greasy, crisp batter, moist fish seem like fair expectations. Mahalo!

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  1. Surprisingly... the Irish pub in Chinatown (on Nuuanu), you'll find a decent fish 'n chips at Murphy's.

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    1. re: Aleka

      Hey, this is a new one to me. Gotta' add them to the list for lunches in/near Chinatown.

      I was less a fan of Nico's fish-n-chips (mahi), but just flat loved my wife's grilled ahi. I started to get a second order of hers, and just pass on mine, but the flight was too close. For review puropses, I probalby hit them too late in the afternoon, and just got the last batch, that'd been sitting for too long.


      1. re: Aleka

        ive never had the fish and chips there.... but i like the other food. after all they are consistently rated the best hamburger downtown.... hard to go wrong at murphy's

      2. Nico's at Pier 38 makes a respectable fish 'n chips using whatever is the suitable fresh catch that day. We had the same dish next door at Uncle's Fish Market but it was not nearly as good - the batter was much too heavy and greasy. Murphy's is good as well as noted by Aleka.

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        1. re: Yoshio

          Yep, Nico's. A few of my friends have gotten the fish and chips there and all of them were pleased.

          1. re: Yoshio

            Was trying to think of Uncle's in another thread. We did not dine there, but it had a really good "look," about it. Back to Nico's: wife's grilled ahi sandwich was well within the top-10 of that dish, that either of us has had. She still sings the praises of Nico's to all, who will listen. Based on that ahi, she's not wrong - but that is not the fish-n-chips, that the OP asked for.


          2. I've enjoyed the F&C at Sam Choy's on Nimitz, they use batter made with their beer.
            I am a big fan of Nico's for many things including the F&C. I thought Uncle's stunk.
            Way too expensive, too much breading, no flavor and a distinct similarity to the look
            of Gorton's advertised on TV which how they do that to fresh fish is beyond me.And they had a disgraceful tartar sauce I was sad to have tried it after hearing how good it was supposed to be.

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            1. re: manomin

              Thanks for getting me to thinking. It's been far too long, since we last did Sam Choy's (Kapahulu location), and we were a bit disappointed, but that WAS a long time ago. It's time that I got one of his restaurants back into the rotation. Have not tried the Nimitz Hwy. location, but maybe next trip from HNL to Waikiki, we'll stop there, instead of checking in and trying to find something late in the afternoon, near the hotel.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                I much prefer the Nimitz location - Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, and Crab. It is not fine dining, but the food is generally good, and the prices are much more reasonable for what you get. Sadly the last two times I was at the Kapahulu location I was disappointed in the food and service (especially at those prices) and haven't been back.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  Thanks for the H/U. My biggest complaint was the "heaviness" of all of the sauces, and I come from NOLA, where sauces are definitely on the "heavy" side.

                  Will try Nimitz Hwy, either coming, or going, next trip.