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Reel in fresh, local ingredients

A La Carte

April 29, 2018

Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: Mina's Fish House

Coriander-Crusted Fish Lafa ($12)

Perched above the white sand shores and glistening Pacific on Oahu’s west side, Mina’s Fish House in the Four Seasons Resort at Ko Olina pleases restaurant-goers with its line-to-table philosophy.

The eatery’s concept gives guests an elevated and authentic dining experience inspired by the traditional Hawaiian fish house — picture fresh off the boat catches from local fishermen making their way onto your plate. At the eatery, you’ll find most of the dishes boast locally sourced produce, and seafood caught right here in Hawaiian waters, meaning enjoyment of only the freshest ingredients.

“Most of (our) vegetables are sourced from Kahumana Farm on the west side,” says Mina’s executive chef Garrick Mendoza. “If we can’t get (seafood) from the local purveyor, nothing they are bringing in is from too far away. But we do serve Pacific Oyster and Alaska Red King Crab in Mina’s Fish House Wood-Fired Shellfish Platter … We are also looking into bringing the local oyster product to the menu.”

Ginger & Scallion-Broiled Whole Fish (market price; approx. $95 for half fish, serves 2-3, or $180 for whole fish, serves 4-5)

Dive right in to local catches with delectable twists such as Ginger & Scallion-Broiled Whole Fish at market price. Mendoza explains the fish comes out to about $95 for the half fish and $180 for the full fish (type of fish depends on the catch of the day). It comes out steaming with bok choy and mushrooms, and garlic fried rice.

Further slurp up savory bites with the Kona Abalone Spaghetti ($28) with Osetra caviar, yuzu butter and chives. Another crowd pleaser is the Marinated Hass Avocado ($19) that is surrounded by pickled vegetable, fried walnuts, crispy kataifi and drizzled with jalapeno schug (Mediterranean hot sauce) dressing.

What’s more, “bring down the house” with Mina’s prime happy hour menu, presenting tasty deals such as the Coriander-Crusted Fish Lafa ($12). Mint yogurt, cucumber and pickled onion accompany the crisp fillet that coats a tender, meaty inside. Chow down on this and other food and beverage specials daily at 3-5 p.m. and then again from 9 to 11 p.m.

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