Mamaya’s newest locale washes ashoreA La Carte Columns
December 14, 2015
Story By: Dining Out Team | Photos by: NATHALIE WALKER
BY ELLISE KAKAZU
As one bites into a fresh, home-cooked meal, the gratification and joy that comes with it is priceless. Mamaya allows visitors to have that “mama’s house” experience with generous portions, affordable prices and delicious options.
“We try to be like (the customer’s) home,” explains retail manager Takeshi Ouchi.
There are three locations, or “homes,” guests can visit, the newest of which is situated on Bishop Street. One thing that separates the downtown eatery from the Ala Moana or Pearl Kai Shopping Center locations is the fact that fresh, made-to-order dishes (ahi bowls, plate lunches and hot noodle options) are available, in addition to Mamaya’s signature pre-made, ready-to-go bentos.
Some of Mamaya’s most popular dishes are Miso Butterfish, Furikake Salmon and Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl.
Miso Butterfish ($9.95) is said to be the No. 1 hot food entrée. Mamaya marinates the fish in a special miso sauce for two days, and then the succulent Butter-fish is cooked and placed on a bed of rice (choice of multigrain or white) with potato and green salads on the side. It also is accompanied by one piece of Mochiko Chicken and a complimentary miso soup or small bottle of water.
Keep in mind, if one is craving poke, Spicy Ahi Poke Bowl ($7.95) is the eatery’s No. 1 cold dish. It features fresh cubes of ahi coated with Mamaya’s original spicy sauce mixed with green onions, brown onions and masago. The spicy concoction comes with rice (choice of multigrain or white), green salad and complimentary miso soup or small bottle of water.
The comforting meals that Mamaya dishes out are special because the restaurant aims to make customers happy by providing something for everyone to enjoy.
725 Bishop St., Honolulu (among other locations)
MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed weekends