Where to Eat the Best Sashimi in Honolulu
Eating sashimi on December 31 is a popular tradition in Hawai‘i that is believed to represent good luck. With roots in local Japanese culture, the custom of eating high quality raw ahi is supposed to ensure prosperity for the coming year. Need a little good fortune moving into the New Year? Here’s where to eat the best sashimi in Honolulu.
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The hip ramen spot in Waikiki is best known for its signature noodle bowls, but Iron Chef Morimoto’s authentic sashimi is top-notch. Having honed his culinary skills in Japan, Morimoto offers his choice of a sushi and sashimi combo with options that may include fresh tuna, albacore, salmon, yellowtail, unagi (eel), and shrimp. Usher in the New Year with one of Momosan’s 20 sake options (eight of which are Morimoto signatures) or Morimoto’s signature craft beers that were brewed in collaboration with Rogue Ales. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
Chef Morimoto expands his Pan-Asian offerings at this sleek Waikiki restaurant by integrating Western and traditional Asian ingredients with creativity and innovation. Opt for a different way to enjoy sashimi with Morimoto’s beautifully presented Mizuhiki Sashimi Salad with spring mix, radish, daikon, carrot, and a ginger vinaigrette poured over Hamachi (Pacific yellowtail), salmon, and Maguro (bluefin tuna). Stay up-to-date with Morimoto to learn of their impending reopening, coming soon! 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
Delicious authentic Japanese cuisine and fresh catch await at Yoshitsune, a tiny haunt tucked off of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Fusing cultures and flavors, Yoshitsune serves up a daily chef’s multi-course dinner which includes fresh sashimi, house-made tofu, tempura miso soup, and more. Dare to differ from the popular ahi sashimi? Try Yoshitsune’s abalone sashimi. The well-balanced flavors and firm texture lends itself nicely to sashimi. 2586 Kalakaua Ave.
Consistently ranked as one of the best places in Hawai‘i for fresh fish, Ono Seafood is a no-frills eatery that offers flavorful raw takeaways. Choose flavored fresh fish options like Miso Ahi, Shoyu Ahi, or Wasabi Ahi at the counter, seat yourself, and enjoy over a bed of fresh cabbage with shoyu. The low-key restaurant is a great place to grab a pre-beach plate. 747 Kapahulu Ave.
Chef Reno Henriques has worked over the years to perfect his “Island Style” into savory meats and seafood dishes. You may have even spotted the Chef and Owner of Fresh Catch Kaimuki with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Try Fresh Catch Kaimuki’s local favorites like Ahi Limu, Spicy Ahi, or Tako (octopus). 3109 Waialae Ave.
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