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May 26, 2008 10:26 PM

Best local fish in Honolulu?

I'll be in Honolulu for a couple days next week and I'm looking for some dinner suggestions. I saw a thread on the first page, but that was more for a romantic place. This will be business related, but we'd still like one nice meal while we're there.

Everytime I go to Hawaii I stick to pretty much 100% local fish. I'm sure many Hawaiian restaurants do beef, pork, chicken, etc extremely well, but I figure if I'm going all the way to Hawaii (from Minnesota) I'm going to get things I can't get at home--ono, opakapaka, onaga and things like that.

The last time I was in Honolulu on business we went to John Dominis. That was the second time I've been there and enjoyed it both times. I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about that place though so I'm wondering if there might be a better option. Again, I like John Dominis a lot, but if there are other options out there I'd love to know about them.

Price isn't a factor, so we're just looking for good Hawaiian fish. Great sashimi for appetizers would be a huge bonus too. Thanks.

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  1. There is a new place at the upper level of Ala Moana Center, Tsujiki Fish Market, that has been getting good reviews. I haven't been yet, but a few friends have gone and said it was good. One thing about Honolulu, almost all of the better restaurants do a really good job on fish.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      Been to Tsujiki with friends recently. The food is pretty good especially the huge Alaskan King crab legs and (I believe) prime rib or ribeye?. Prices are a little pricey for the buffet while the food selection is not as extensive as Todai. Overall, the sushi quality is quite decent for an all-you-can-eat place.

    2. If you read around this board, just look for the best restaurants -- almost all will serve fish. Sidestreet Inn has great poke and fish entrees. Hiroshi's Eurasian Tapas has some very nice small plates with seafood and fish. Read Bill Hunt's report on various restaurants recently posted.

      1. Though it has probably been too long ago, to carry much weight, but the best opakapaka, that I have ever had was at John Dominus.

        That said, most of the restaurants, that we dine at, do have great local fish, and the preps have been excellent. Given the wealth, and diversity, of fresh fish, I think that most chef's in Hawai`i will use local, and they will also be fresh.

        Yes, Dominus is a bit "old school," but I still remember that opakapaka!


        1. Alan Wong's, hands down...

          1. If you want to grab something fast so you can take it to the beach to enjoy the sunset (like the Diamond Head bluff) while eating a picnic dinner.... Tamura's on Waialae is a great place to get their poke (either the shoyu or the 'special' sauce). The seaweed salad is a really great accompaniment to the poke, as well as their spicy edamame. Grab a couple cold beers from their excellent selection, and that's all you need for a delicious dinner!

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            1. re: Aleka

              Or, they have an outstanding and well-priced wine selection. Your post makes me want to hop on a plane for their great poke, seaweed salad & edaname! My husband is going today - perhaps I should stow-away!