Out Of The Blue

November 6, 2014 | By Jaimie Kim

Blue Marlin offers three unique dining concepts at its location on Seaside Avenue—from poke bowls to paella, the choice is yours!

In Waikiki, dining options are endless—unique and diversified, much like Hawai‘i’s culture.

As much as there already is to choose from—and really, you can pick from cuisine representing every corner of the world—it’s always a treat when a new restaurant opens its doors, inviting guests to embark on new culinary adventures.

In June, Blue Marlin opened, introducing a three-concept dining space specializing in Pacific Rim cuisine.

Located on Seaside Avenue, its open floor plan and contemporary design invite guests to sample its seafood creations.

“Guests may sit outside and feel the breeze,” says restaurant director Saki Igawa, “and we offer affordable prices for family-style dining.”

On one end, savor Hawai‘i’s fresh seafood catches at HI Tide Poke Bowls. While a majority of its fish comes directly from Honolulu’s daily fish auction, the restaurant also imports some from Japan’s famed Tsukiji Market.

Right next door at Blue Marlin Tapas & Sushi Bar, indulge in some afternoon relaxation with a cocktail or beer and a number of $5 tapas selections. Available from 5-11 p.m., diners may feast on cold tapas, such as Wasabi Chicken Salad with Ume Dressing or Ceviche & Caponate, or opt for something warm like its Kakiage Tower or Fish & Chips.

At the corner, is Blue Marlin Restaurant. The most upscale of the three concepts, don’t worry about it implying a stuffy atmosphere. Its bright colors and island-style feel make for a relaxed dining experience, coupled with some great tasting food.

Serving lunch and dinner, its dishes are a fusion of a diverse cuisine. On the restaurant’s menu, expect to find influences from Japan, Korea and other parts of the globe. And for local diners, chef Tim Peterson assures they strive to incorporate a local flair to dishes.

Its most beloved dish is the Garlic Shrimp Paella ($24), cooked in its traditional style, featuring garlic shrimp, clams, calamari, bell peppers and pearl onions. Served in a hot pan, let the rice cook to crispiness, or mix it up all at once.

New on its menu are two dishes showcasing Asian influences. The first is appropriately named Asian Inspired Bouillabaisse ($28). This warm, aromatic dish features white fish, mussels, clams and shrimp. Served with a lobster miso broth, a bit of spice enhances each bite, and two slices of grilled French bread to sop up every last spoonful of soup.

The second new concoction is Crispy Confit Pork Belly ($19). The dish features a cut of crispy pork belly placed atop a bed of sweet potato purée, and accompanied with onions, haricot vert and a soft boiled egg enhanced with a natural jus.

While dining in any of Blue Marlin’s rooms, take a moment to appreciate the restaurant’s attention to detail in inviting guests to enjoy Hawai‘i’s local talent. Friendly servers wear uniforms designed by Hawai‘i’s Allison Izu of The Cut Collective; the wall art in HI Tide Poke Bowls is by resident Kris Goto.

Stopping in to Blue Marlin Restaurant for dinner? Take advantage of its extensive selection of vino offerings.

Blue Marlin
364 Seaside Ave.
[B:7 Waikiki Map]
(808) 922-5552