I had been living in West Maui for several months when someone recommended I head to The Fish Market in Honokowai and scope out their selection of opakapaka, onaga, mahi mahi, marlin, ahi, ono and probably a few others. I like fish, so I did.
I was pleased when I saw the selection of pink and white fillets. The colors were rich, the fillets weren’t breaking apart and the place didn’t smell like the dumpster behind Long John Silvers.
After staring at the selection for a moment, a friendly face behind the counter asked if I needed any help. Since I’m a lover of all seafood and the prices didn’t vary much between cuts ($16-$20/pound), I asked for a recommendation. Jason immediately picked out a piece of papio yellow spot he thought would feed both my roommate and myself.
Already pleased with my selection and the service, I could have left at that point a happy customer. But that was just the beginning of the full treatment you receive when you shop at The Fish Market.
Jason asked how I planned to prepare the fish. “Bake it,”I said.
“Four hundred twenty degrees for 10 to 12 minutes and you’re golden,” he told me. “Do you need any seasonings?”
I paused briefly to consider my spice cabinet, or lack thereof, then asked what they had to offer. That’s when I discovered that depending on the fish and how you plan to cook it, there are a variety of marinades, butters and dry rubs available for $2.50 each. I decided on the macadamia nut crust and wine caper butter sauce.
My gourmet meal came packaged in a take-home foil tray that I could pop right in the oven. There were even baskets of fresh up-country veggies and fresh baked bread by the register which kept me from having to make an additional stop at the grocery store.
While The Fish Market takes most of the work out of preparing a delicious seafood dinner, there are some who prefer to play no part in the preparation of their food. For those who appreciate great seafood but don’t want to get their hands dirty and smelling like an aquarium, The Fish Market also offers a great selection of carryout items prepared in-store.
If you’re a poke fan, be sure to try the made-to-order poke with choice of ahi and/or tako and various fresh veggies, seasoned to your liking ($12/pound). Or if you prefer something warm there’s Seafood Chowder, Shrimp Gumbo and Lobster Bisque (16-ounce containers run $4.50-$6.99).
While all three seem to be popular, the hearty Seafood Chowder will satisfy any marine life craving. Oh, and if you’re just stopping in for something to nibble on, grab one of the Oyster Shooters or mini-shrimp ceviche ($1 each) near the register.
To be sure, there’s no getting around the fact that The Fish Market charges premium rates for their high quality food. But once you have the full Fish Market experience and taste how fresh and delicious the food is, you won’t want to get your seafood anyplace else. MTW