Saturday, September 20, 2008
FRESH CATCH - HONOLULU, HI
We didn't know what to expect when we decided to try Fresh Catch on Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki. The former Pizza Hut/Taco Bell spot has been transformed into something that sells fish. Is it a restaurant, a deli or a fish monger? Well once we entered we found out that it is all of the above. Fresh Catch sells fresh poke, sashimi, sandwiches and plate lunches. You order at the large glass counter. The guy behind the counter was great. Once he found out it was our first time here, he quickly took us through the daily specials and regular menu items. The Smoked Marlin Sandwich caught my eye first. I asked how it was prepared and he said with a lot of mayo. I told him about the Smoked Marlin Sandwiches I had enjoyed daily in Bali. Smoked Marlin with horseradish, onion and capers served on a toasted bun. He thought for a moment and said that he did not have horseradish but would come up with something for me. And he delivered. He took the Smoked Marlin and tossed it with creme cheese and wasabi and then topped it with lettuce, tomato, onion and capers. This sandwich was delicious. My wife took a bite and ended up eating half. We also tried the Oxtail Soup. Our friend had a crab sandwich which he said was just o.k. The poke was great. We tried garlic shrimp, limu ahi and spicy ahi. Other menu items include a Hawaiian Plate, Beef Stew and Fresh Fish such as Mahi Mahi with Miso glaze and fresh Salmon. There are three picnic tables in the restaurant so we took one and enjoyed some BYOB cold brews. This was a great place and not too expensive. Sandwiches and plate lunches run around $6. Poke is sold per pound. I cannot wait to return to Fresh Catch and enjoy my special Marlin Sandwich again. Photos from the Star Bulletin.