This is a true food experience. If your only sampling of Poke has been on the mainland (as was mine), then unfortunately you don’t know Poke. Fresh catch takes the cleanest ahi, salmon and octopus and transforms them into an amalgam of seasonings, sauce, and impeccably fresh fish that will leave you weeping with bliss. Truly, I had to have a moment of prayer upon the first bite of the creamy wasabi ahi. The puleho tako is octopus that is smoked, then flash fried to add the most delicate bark and then chopped into tender, savory morsels. If you bring your mother here, sit her at a table away from yours because this food will compel you, without warning, to slap her (maybe that’s what they mean by umami). Get the bowl that comes with two mounds of rice and a half pound of your choice of Poke. Order a quarter pound of the puleho tako on the side as it is very rich in both flavor and cost- $30 a pound. I didn’t try the fish tacos or fried fresh fish but saw others – who like me, visibly haven’t missed a meal – raving about the quality of their dinners. Fresh catch is extremely casual, chill, and service is at the counter, then seat yourself. It is worth the half hour drive from Honolulu and most certainly makes for a destination if doing a coast drive from the north shore.
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