Dive into a tasty sea of possibilitiesA La Carte
July 8, 2018
Story By: Elima Pangorang | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Waiolu Ocean Cuisine surely does not disappoint its name as this fine restaurant takes diners for a deep dive into fresh seafood dishes with elegant flavor, elevating senses further than the eye can “sea.”
Executive chef Shoji Namatame knows a thing or two about the world’s seas, as his travels have taken him around the globe.
“Originally I’m from Japan then I go to Oregon, then California, Maui, Guam, Bora Bora, Kauai, Mexico, and then I ended up here,” he explains. “And in every place, I was a chef.”
With a vast amount of culture under his belt, Namatame presents exceptional eats that shine through for guests at Waiolu. The Seafood Bouillabaisse For Two ($99) overflows with shellfish goodness and offers warm delight from the soup infused with Mediterranean flavors.
Keeping on the soup train, New England Clam Chowder ($12) in a sourdough bread bowl has risen to fame, to the surprise of the Waiolu team. The bowl boasts a creative branding stamp that adds its own uniqueness to the classic favorite.
Steam Alaskan King Crab Legs ($28 half-pound, $48 1 pound) also rule the menu as a crowd favorite, because really, what’s a seafood joint without being able to claw away at this beloved catch of the day.
While the flavor-inspirations come from around the world, Namatame shares that the seafood at Waiolu is locally sourced whenever possible. “We use local fish. I like to bring fresh local fish from Oahu, Big Island and Maui,” he says.
Try out Cajun Ahi Nicoise Salad ($24) for a fresh taste of the Hawaiian waters and you won’t be disappointed as you bite into soft seared ahi paired with the refreshing crisp of vibrant vegetables.
The ocean experience doesn’t stop there, as this elegant setting presents pristine views of the Pacific and Waikiki. “This place is a little bit unique,” concludes Namatame. “You can’t find this view just anywhere.” The chef also invites guests to enjoy Waiolu’s happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and then again after 9, where customers can unwind with 50 percent off sushi as well as various other drink and menu specials.