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A Little Bit of Everything at Blue Hawaii

By Steve Murray Photos By Nathalie Walker
August 12, 2012

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With a 2010 population of 47,698 the need for pupus in Pearl City is real. Good thing for Blue Hawaii Sushi.

The restaurant, which opened in May 2011, offers a variety of items from the expected to the surprising.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus ($7.95) is a good example of the later. Fresh asparagus is wrapped in thinly sliced bacon, fried and served with a parsley garnish.

Another simple crowd favorite is Cheese Bread ($5.95). St. Germain extra-thick cut white bread is topped with butter, and mozzarella, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses to make a hot, gooey and crunchy meal starter for a main course of sushi, tempura, spicy ahi or whatever is to your liking.

Dynamite ($8.95) is a small casserole with a bed of mushrooms and zucchini, layered with scallops and shrimp, and glazed with the dynamite sauce. According to co-owner Emerson Ribao, the topping of mayonnaise, tobiko, shoyu and lemon results in a creamy texture that is as tasty as it is attractive.

Mussels a la “M” ($7.95), the “M” stands for Emerson, is the restaurant’s unique take on traditional escargot. Instead of snails, mussels are baked with garlic, tomato, fresh parsley, brandy and butter. After removing the shells, the muscles are placed on a fresh baguette and re-baked to maintain the crispy texture of the dish.

Stuffed Chicken Wings ($7.95) is a Thai-inspired dish served with a sweet chili sauce. After the wings are deboned, the pieces are stuffed with ground pork and Vietnamese-style vermicelli noodles, and seasoned with minced carrots, garlic, pepper, bay leafs and sea salt. The wings are then deep-fried, and served hot and crispy.

Blue Hawaii Sushi

Pearl City Gateway Shopping Center
1140 Kuala St. #104
Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.