Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sushi Murayama

Sushi Murayama is located in the 808 Center at the corner of Sheridan and Rycroft Street. The restaurant is located on the 3rd floor. There is an elevator in the middle of the building by Urban Bistro which can take you up. Some of the other business are still under construction so the 3rd floor is a little empty. Sushi Murayama offers an omakase for $75 which is reasonable compared to other sushi restaurants in town. I ordered from their regular menu and the taste and quality of the food was excellent. I sat at the sushi bar and the chef did a great job of making sure my party had enough to eat. I enjoyed everything except for the natto ice cream. I'm not a big fan of natto because of the texture and smell but the rest of my party loved it. It is worth trying though.

I recommend making reservations in advance because the restaurant is small and it is busy from 6pm-8pm. If you plan to do the omakase, you should request to sit at the sushi bar. If you're coming with a big group, your food will take awhile so be prepared to wait or just go with 4 or less people. For parking, the 808 Center offers free valet parking if you dine at any of restaurants. The entrance to the valet is on Sheridan Street.

1320 Rycroft St.
Unit 307
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 784-2100

Garlic Chip Poke

Mirugai Butter

Butterfish Misoyaki

Otoro Nigiri

Salmon Nigiri

Ika Nigiri

Tiger Prawn Nigiri

Tamago Nigiri

Yuzu Sorbet

Natto Ice Cream

Friday, February 12, 2016

Da Hawaiian Poke Company

Da Hawaiian Poke Company is located in the Kapahulu area. It's a standalone building in front of Safeway. The entrance faces Kapahulu Ave. so if you park in the Safeway lot, walk to the front to enter. The interior is small but they have a large refrigerated display case with all different types of poke and sides. If you don't like what you see, you can create your own poke bowl with ingredients from their poke bar. Their prices are high but the quality of the fish is good. I recommend the HPC shoyu ahi poke, smoked ahi dip, and housemade fruit punch. If you are curious about something in their display case, ask for a sample. The staff are friendly. They have tables and benches outside the shop if you want to eat there. If you're visiting from out of town, you need to give this place a try. You may find yourself coming back again.

For more information about Da Hawaiian Poke Company, visit

870 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 425-4954

HPC Shoyu Ahi Poke

Wasabi Furikake Salmon Poke

Hamakua Mushroom Poke

Smoked Ahi Dip