Maui is of course known for its fish – both raw and cooked. I will not pretend that I know much about sushi and poke at all. Let’s just say – I just enjoy eating it.
Sushi you’ve heard of, but what is poke? Poke is raw marinated fish (usually ahi). If you don’t mind the texture of raw fish or have shellfish allergies, do try it. It is absolutely amazing.
Here are some of my favorite places for raw fish…
Koiso Sushi Bar
Our neighbors invited me to join them at Koiso Sushi Bar a few weeks ago. This is a tiny restaurant that seats less than 20 people in Kihei’s Dolphin Plaza (same building as Pizza Hut). You must make reservations usually several weeks ahead of time.
I could not tell you what this platter is called – but I loved the selection and it was really good. Thank you to our neighbors for a lovely dinner treat!
Miso Phat Sushi
This is a new sushi bar in Central Kihei that according to social media is very good. I wasn’t sure what to order and got the poke bowl (poke and rice). While not my favorite poke (I prefer more sauce), the ahi was incredibly fresh. Wow.
Rodeo General Store (Makawao)
This is a take-out deli on Baldwin Avenue. While I’ve had sandwiches there before (which are great), this was my second time trying their poke bowl. They only have a few kinds (on my day they had two), but it is truly great! Your choice of brown or white rice. Very reasonably priced.
Curious to try poke but not ready to commit? Go to Foodland. This is my favorite grocery store place to get poke. They will let you sample a few of their selections (and they have lots).