Last year I read positive posts about Ono and finally made the stop. It was so much better than any food I've had in Hawaii. Slightly more pricey but you are paying for quality.
It is almost a California take on the Hawaiian plate. Instead of greasy food, the food was fresh, fresh, fresh.
The previous Chowhound posts are at the bottom. They give a better description of the food than this post. A link to the menu is also at the bottom, so you can see what they have to offer.
The owner, Mike, is so pleasant and acoomodating. What would have been a disater in other restaurants turned into a pleasant dining experience.
I was in HMB and I was thinking ... fish ... and wine.
First ... no booze. Mike saw the look in my eye and said that HMB just would not give them a liquor license, but to remember on my next visit I was welcome to bring my own wine.
Reluctantly I sat down and looked at the menu ... oh no ... Hawaiian rice plates. I ordered the salmon ...
out of salmon. As I was about to bolt, Mike talked me into another fish.
I ordered iced tea ... guess what ... out.
That's where Mike really went the extra mile. It seems he is learning about tea from someone who is Vietnamse. They don't serve fresh brewed green tea, but he brought out a glass of ice with lemon and an huge pineapple wedge for garnish along with a fresh brewed pot of green tea.
I know good tea and this was great. I could imagine the Vietnamese gentleman wincing to see this wonderful tea poured over ice. On top of it, I wasn't charged for the tea.
The fish was delicious. I loved the macaroni salad and scoops of rice. It came with a tropical salsa which I usually detest. It was served on the side and consisted of diced melon, papaya, grapes, and strawberries. Not the guuey mess that I usually associate with tropical salas.
I went in tired and grouchy and left relaxed and happily full. Next time I'll try the pig. Ono is going to be a regular stop when I'm in HMB.
I passed on desserts as I had an early dessert at Swanton's Berry Farm which makes THE best strawberry shortcake .. ever. Thick whipped cream, fresh berries and a wonderful biscuit. Very little sugar. I also tried the berry bette which runs a close second.
In all a gread chow day.
Here's the previous Ono links:
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