Scoop up these fresh-ahi findsA La Carte
November 12, 2017
Story By: Stephanie Kim | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Founded by longtime commercial fisherman Bruce Johnson in honor of his many fishing mentors, or “uncles,” Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill runs deep in fishing tradition, serving only the freshest seafood, most of which is caught locally.
The eatery, located at Pier 38 and nearby Honolulu Fish Auction, offers an array of local catches, as well as flown-in products — such as live Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp from the Gulf Coast of the United States and more — that’s sure to have you hooked.
Director of restaurant operations Brian McKelvey shared with Dining Out three fan-favorite ahi dishes found on the menu that appeal to both local and visiting customers.
To get started, go with Uncle’s Original Poke Tower ($19.50) or Ahi Poke Trio ($22).
The tower starts with sushi rice, which is layered with fresh ahi poke, guacamole and ahi tartar, then topped off with masago and sliced nori, and served with white corn chips.
Featuring a sampling of kukui nut pesto ahi topped with local fried ogo, ahi poke topped with green onion, and spicy ahi topped with fried onions, the lineup from Ahi Poke Trio is a popular choice to share among your dining companions.
McKelvey says that his favorite is the kukui nut because he loves the balance of the kukui nut and sesame, as well as its island representation.
For the main attraction, go with Uncle’s Award-Winning Garlic Ahi ($25), which has been on the menu since the beginning, according to McKelvey.
The entree features fresh ahi steak with a blended sauce of compound butter, bonito veloute and chili soy, that’s topped with garlic, green chilies and capers, and served with a choice of starch (french fries, white or brown rice) and fresh vegetables.
McKelvey says that holiday bookings have started coming in, so schedule your party soon.