Category Archives: Seafood

Sansei Seafood (Seattle): Happy Hour

Sansei Seafood (and their sister restaurant DK Steakhouse) have been two of our favourite restaurants whenever we head over to Waikiki. As a matter of fact, we had just posted about our happy hour adventure at Sansei Seafood in Waikiki just recently. So when we heard that there was a Sansei in Seattle (just a hop, skip and a jump away from Vancouver), we knew that we wanted to try them out the next time we were in the area.
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Gilligan’s Beach Shack (Hawaii 2017): Garlic Shrimp and Shoestring Fries

There’s always free entertainment in Waikiki… if you know where to look. Whether it’s the torch lighting ceremony, the shows at the International Marketplace, or the ever popular fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Speaking of which, We were checking out the fireworks on our second-to-last day in Waikiki and decided to grab some food from Gilligan’s Beach Shack.
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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Hawaii 2017): Happy Hour

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and DK Steakhouse have been two of our favourite spots to dine in Waikiki since we first found them a few years ago. And although we were aiming to try a bunch of new restaurants, the pull of delicious food from Sansei Seafood couldn’t keep us away.
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Coco Cove (Hawaii 2017): Island Ahi and Avocado Poke

After our snack at Shaka Poke, we headed out to do some shopping in Waikiki and wound up picking up some more poke to bring back to our hotel… this time at Coco Cove. I know that most of their poke is made from previously frozen seafood – but you can’t really beat the selection that they have available and it’s located right in the heart of Waikiki so it’s way more convenient than heading out to Ono Seafood.
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Shaka Poke (Hawaii 2017): Basic Poke

One of the things that we were really looking forward to during our recent trip to Hawaii was all of the poke that we were going to eat. Sure, we had some favourite poke places to return to… but we also wanted to find some new poke places around Waikiki. That’s how we ended up at Shaka Poke
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Five Star Shrimp (Hawaii 2017): Garlic Shrimp

The last time we were in Oahu, we were thrilled to find garlic shrimp smack dab in the heart of Waikiki at Pacific Garlic Shrimp, right outside the Pacific Beach Hotel, because it meant that we didn’t have to travel all the way to the North Shore for some tasty garlic shrimp. As it turned out in our visit this year, the Pacific Beach Hotel was undergoing renovations which meant no garlic shrimp in front of their location.
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BYO Bowls (Hawaii 2017): Kilauea Poke Bowl

Grab life by the bowls! Or so goes the tag line of BYO Bowls. We found BYO Bowls on our return from the windward side of Oahu in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center. This fusion eatery’s concept is in having you Build Your Own… Bowl, that is.
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Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors in Kailua (Hawaii 2017): Seriously Tasty Poke

I know poke has taken a stranglehold in Vancouver but there’s really nothing the same as the poke you get in Hawaii. You can take the hipsterish poke burritos (basically sushi rolls) and poke bowls filled with more toppings than raw fish… I prefer something a bit more classic… like Ono Seafood. When planning for our recent trip to Oahu, I had heard about a place where you can get quality poke from a (wait for it) liquor store!
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The Captain’s Boil: Seafood Boil

Recently, Vancouver has seen a rise in the number of seafood boils in town. It’s not hard to understand why… Vancouver has access to a lot of great seafood and we’re always on the lookout for new food trends.
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The Poke Guy: Best Poke in Vancouver

2016 seemed to be the year that poke took a real foothold in Vancouver with countless poke shops popping up all over the place. The problem, however, is that most of the places calling themselves “poke” shops really weren’t staying true to the original poke from Hawaii.
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Ho Yuen Kee: Lobster Sticky Rice

After trying the Lobster Sticky Rice at Flamingo House, we were interested to see how this dish fared at other restaurants. I’ve seen plenty of pictures of the Lobster Sticky Rice at Ho Yuen Kee on Fraser Street on social media so I figured this would be a good place to try out.
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Iwasa Sushi (Tokyo 2016): Omakase and Chirashizushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

For any sashimi connoisseur, a trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale seafood market in the world. We had heard that there were plans to move the fish market in November 2016 (our planned trip to Japan) mainly because the market occupies a large section of valuable real estate in the Chūō ward (centrally located in the heart of Tokyo), but the move was fortunately postponed.
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