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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

SAM CHOY'S DIAMOND HEAD RESTAURANT
HONOLULU, HAWAII

We had seen Sam on TV many times and he's a very likeable guy.  So we decided to try his flagship restaurant in Honolulu.  It's just a short cab ride away from Waikiki hotels.


Entrance to Sam's

Sam is billed as the "King of pokes" (pronounced pokies) in Hawaii so we elected to start out with his big pupu sampler for two, which included poke.  Poke in Hawaii usually consists primarily of raw, marinated fish. 

 
A Portrait of Sam

Our appetizer was called the Hukilau Pupu Platter and consisted of fried poke, a crab Rangoon type fried wonton, seared tuna, and shrimp Christopher.  These are shrimp that have been stuffed with crab and wrapped in bacon.

For my main course, our waiter talked me into a nightly special called Moi, something not commonly found on Hawaiian menus.  That's a freshwater fish that used to be reserved for Hawaiian royalty only in years gone by.  It was pan roasted whole and served on a bed of asparagus and topped with a light but tasty sauce.  I had an order of garlic mashed potatoes on the side and they were to die for.  The fish was quite good.  It was about the size of a freshwater rainbow trout.  While it didn't bother me, there were several scales that somebody failed to catch.  And they were big, about half the size of a dime.

My wife chose macadamia encrusted chicken breast for her main course.  And while golden brown on the outside, it was significantly overcooked and rubbery in the center.

While we enjoyed our meal here it wasn't a perfect "10." 

One side note.  While this is admittedly an upscale eatery, it is not at all stuffy and seems to be a very family friendly place. 

Sam Choy's in Honolulu is located at 449 Kapahulu Avenue.  It occupies the second floor here.  Reservations are advised although the place was not very full on the Friday night we dined there.  Their phone number is (808) 732-8645.

Sam has many restaurants in Hawaii and elsewhere and his web site is here.

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM HAWAII:

Alexander's Fish & Chips - Kihei, Maui
Chart House - Maui
Duke's Canoe Club - Lihue, Kauai
Erik's Seafood Grotto - Maui
JJ's Broiler - Lihue, Kauai
House of Noodles - Kapaa, Kauai
Huggo's - Kona, Hawaii
Mama's Fish House - Maui

Nick's Fishmarket - Honolulu
Paia Fish Market & Restaurant - Maui
 

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