Before I begin talking about my favorite Poke spot ever, I must give the background on my obsession with raw fish. The first time I visited the island of Hawaii, I was very much open to trying new things. I am the type of person that will sit down and have the waiter order me his favorite dish. To be completely transparent I was never a person that was thrilled about eating raw anything be it meat or vegetables. However, to my credit I am adventurous… it just takes some coaxing. My first experience was similar to what I just described; it took place at the Tropics Bar & Grill located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This was the best place to begin my poke experience in all its touristy-over-priced glory, I had their Ahi Poke Sampler and instantly fell in love. The fish was fresh which eliminated the fishy taste that often kept me away from consuming it. I was so in love I began researching other places on the island to eat the dish, which led me to Ono Seafood.
Ono Seafood only serves one thing, POKE! Who knew I could love raw fish so much- Hawaii made me a true believer. During my quest to find the best Poke, I was directed to two places, Safeway and Ono Seafood. I actually tried both, but prefer Ono because I am not a fan of imitation crab, one of the main ingredients that makes the Safeway version popular. I really have no rhyme or reason behind why I love Ono Seafood so much. Having tried it at multiple places around the island and experienced anywhere from too many ingredients to mediocre to just plain out bad… Ono Seafood remain both delicious and consistent in each of my experiences.
Give me the #7 & #8 please!!! 🙂
If you are new to the experience I think you should follow my steps and go to the Tropics first for presentation sake, then graduate and fall in love with Ono Seafood, a mom and pop establishment with no frills and great food.
Ono Seafood Address: 747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816