A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Seafood Paella ($30)
Pier 38 off Nimitz Highway offers a plethora of good eats, specifically of the seafood variety, with well-noted restaurants such as Nico’s Pier 38 and Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill serving up fresh ocean dishes in a lively environment. With an abundance of local and Asian fusion flavors at each establishment, newcomer Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38 hopes to bring something different to the docks.
Located above Nico’s, Harbor Restaurant lends a very different feel, indeed, not only with its Brasa-oven cuisine, but also with a oneof-a-kind view. A window-decked space, with front windows extending from the ceiling down to the floor, grants patrons access to beautiful skies, blue ocean and the bustling ship life at Pier 38.
The upscale-casual eatery, equipped with wood interior and a regal copper-top bar, is more than a takeout restaurant but less formal than a fine-dining establishment, according to general manager Winston Gample. He also shares that Harbor is the only place on the island, that he knows of, to have a Brasa oven — of which only 10-12 exist in all of the United States. The exclusive charcoal oven-grill imparts a deliciously smoky flavor into the food at Harbor Restaurant, most prominent in such dishes as Cracked Pepper Wings, Brasa Pork Chop, Ribeye Steak and Seafood Paella — a refreshing take on the traditional Spanish rice dish, highlighting the desirable Spanish octopus.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HARBOR RESTAURANT
Lunch serves up unimaginable salads such as Roasted Red and Golden Beast Salad, Cabernet Poached Pear and Pecan Salad and Fire Grilled Prawns and Avocado, as well as sandwiches including Bourbon Bacon BLT, Harbor Pastrami Reuben and Brasa Grilled Ahi Tuna Melt. The restaurant is meant to give a relaxing experience, featuring dishes from both sea and land, all at a reasonable price.
Harbor Restaurant At Pier 38
1129 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu
Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.