Known for their fresh seafood, Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill recently opened their second location at Pearlridge. When a group of friends suggested meeting up there for lunch this past Saturday, I was excited to check out the new spot, as I had always enjoyed the food at their Pier 38 location.
I should say that I was a little confused as to where it was actually located in the mall. I used Google Maps and ended up parking by Macy’s. With some help from workers in the mall, we found that it was on the opposite side of Pearlridge, on the Pali Momi/California Pizza Kitchen side. We met up for an 11:30 am reservation, and the restaurant was pretty empty. By the time we finished our meal, the restaurant was bustling with their lunch crowd.
I was struck by the size of the restaurant, as there were tons of tables, indoor and outdoor seating, and high ceilings. There was also a fairly large bar at the front of the restaurant, too.
We started our meal with the Ahi Poke Trio, which included a kukui nut pesto poke, a shoyu poke, and a spicy ahi poke. As expected, the fish was fresh and in perfect bite-sized cubes.
One of my friends ordered the fresh fish sandwich. She was given a choice of 3 different fish for the sandwich, and she chose the mahi mahi. It also came with a choice of french fries or a green salad. It came with a large, beautifully cooked piece of mahi mahi.
Another friend ordered the steamed monchong, which was served with choi sum and oyster mushroom sauces. It was topped with Chinese parsley, ginger, and sizzling peanut oil. She enjoyed her dish, too.
Two of us ordered the Sushi Bowl, which was a fairly large bowl of sushi rice covered with fresh ahi, hamachi, and salmon sashimi, ahi tartar, ikura, fried calamari, shiso, and ginger. I love a good chirashi bowl and this was no exception. It was delicious, fresh, and extremely filling.
It was awesome to see a high quality seafood restaurant in Pearlridge. The prices were a bit higher than other eateries in the area, but the quality of the fish and variety of seafood options made it worth the price. I would definitely go back again. As a pescatarian, there were so many options. I would like to try the Miso Butterfish and Uncle’s Seafood Pasta in the future.
- Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill at Pearlridge: 98-1005 Moanalua Rd., Aiea, HI 96701 (Pali Momi side of Pearlridge)
- parking: tons of mall parking; there’s parking immediately in front of the restaurant
- quick and efficient service
- clean and spacious restaurant with casual feel
- daily 10:30am-10pm
Let me know your favorite seafood restaurant in the comments!