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Level up food festivities with colorful creations

A La Carte

November 24, 2019

Story By: Don Robbins | Photos by: NICO’S FISH MARKET

Nico’s Fish Market party platters

Nico’s has all the culinary bases covered — boasting three excellent restaurants and a retail fish market.

For example, Nico’s Fish Market retail store located at Pier 38 proudly features local fish straight from that morning’s auction block — with fillets, poke, sashimi platters and house-smoked fish from the finest fish and ingredients available.

Patrons can call 983-1263 to get their party platters for the holiday season with a 24-hour advance notice recommended.

“During the holidays we are really busy,” explains famed chef and owner Nico Chaize. He advised customers that the earlier they are able to place their orders, the better.

“You’ll be guaranteed on the quality of the fish,” shares Chaize. Seafood items are selected every morning straight from the fish auction held a few steps away from the market and restaurant, ensuring freshness and good market prices, he added.

Customers can design their own platters.

The staff of the market can help you mix and match poke to top your favorite bowl or build a Hawaiian plate to match your personal taste. There are five selections of poke that can be ordered for a platter and a variety of platter sizes, such as King, Queen and Keiki.

“You can design the platter the way you want,” adds Chaize.

Customers can also get their hot coffee, cold drinks, beer and wine there, and Nico’s Pier 38 famous dressings to go.

Company flagship restaurant Nico’s Pier 38 has become the premier fish eatery in Honolulu. Launched in 2004, two local fishermen and the young French born/chef owner Chaize started the restaurant to showcase Hawaii’s fishing industry.

Nico’s Upstairs at Pier 38 is the newest project from the business. It offers a relaxed ambiance and change of pace. The upstairs eatery serves a wide variety of steak and seafood dishes with a special French touch featuring some of the chef’s favorite hometown recipes. Patrons can also enjoy exquisite cocktails created by the talented mixologist and listen to live music by island artists.

Meanwhile, on Oahu’s Windward side, Nico’s Kailua presents a picturesque and relaxing environment.

The eatery opened in 2017 serving lunch and dinner. However, chef Chaize says Sunday brunch recently initiated in Kailua and has garnered such great response that he decided to include breakfast with items like Stuffed Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast and more.

Nico’s Kailua also has a grab and go corner containing seafood items.

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