FUUD: Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar

The other day Derek was craving sushi.

He was so desperate, he even suggested just grabbing something quick at Genki Sushi.

“Maybe we should get something better than Genki,” I said.

“Yeah…” His voice trailed off.

I knew what was at the end of that sentence. “Yeah… but I don’t want to get dressed up, I don’t want to pay $300, I just want to eat a couple of nigiri and that’s it.”

So I pulled out my iPhone and dialed the number to the best hole-in-the-wall sushi bar in Honolulu — at least to me.

Located in the airport’s industrial neighborhood, Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar is that great find you never want to tell anyone about. And I didn’t — for a long time — until I realized it’s no longer a hidden gem.

Everyone knows about it!

Here’s the story: Mitch’s is owned by Craig Mitchell, who hails from South Africa. In 1983 he hit the road, traveling around the world before landing — permanently — in Hawaii.

In 1996 he took over the Seafood Company, where he had been working, and opened a poke shop soon thereafter. But when his mother died in 2003 — Mitchell had brought his family from South Africa to live here — the shop closed up.

But fueled by both a desire to own a restaurant and a need to do something, Mitchell opened this sushi bar a year later, serving fresh fish from around the world. The bar’s unique specialties include live lobster and abalone.

But here’s what I love: there’s nothing fancy about this place. There are a handful of stools at a bar, a few tables and that’s it.

The best part: you don’t have to dress up, either. In fact, you might look out-of-place here, where one table was filled with a group of friends in T-shirts and shorts and armed with a cooler of beers. (Mitch’s is BYOB.) On the other table sat two sun-kissed couples who looked like they had just popped in after a day at the beach.

So I knew Derek would love the place.

Here’s what our recent dinner looked like:

Mitch's Fish Market & Sushi Bar

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This sushi bar is not easy to find. It's located in the industrial area near the airport. Use your GPS.

Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar, 524 Ohohia St. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Phone: (808) 537-7774

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10 Responses to “FUUD: Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar”

  1. DIO August 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Score!! Damn that stuff looks good. Yet another place to add to the list for when I come “home” for vacation. Tanks eh?! :-)

  2. Annoddah Dave August 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! Now I got the cravings for some tonight!

    • Annoddah Dave August 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      CAT: Went there as you suggested. Do need reservations, luckily we went early and ate fast. Have you ever tried the chef’s menu at $105 each? Overall, exactly as you described. Quality of fish is top shelf.

      • Catherine Toth August 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

        WOOT! Glad you went! We made reservations, only because I know it can fill out pretty quickly. Glad you got in! I didn’t try the chef’s menu — mostly because I don’t eat a lot of the weird stuff. But D was eyeing it out!

  3. M August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    Happy fuud pixs Friday!

    I’m craving sushi now!

  4. David Jackson August 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Genki’s is OK, this place looks top shelf. And I bet it was way south of $300 eh?

    • Catherine Toth August 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      It’s nowhere NEAR the cost of Sasabune — at least in my experience. But I’m sure there are folks who can eat $300 worth of sushi anywhere!

      • David Jackson August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am #

        Guilty… I can eat an ocean of good sushi so I never go there THAT hungry.

  5. M August 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    How much was the sampler platter?

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