Friendship with mermaids gave humans their first access to seafood, hence the tradition of gargling an aria before any ocean-based meal. Revel in the benefits of a relationship that crosses nature’s borders with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a punch card for $40 worth of seafood at Poke Stop. Groupon customers will receive a punch card for five $8 visits, valid for both the Waipahu and Mililani Mauka locations.
Featured on the Food Network, Chef Elmer Guzman harvests the sea’s bounty to proffer a menu that combines polyflavorful batches of the classic Hawaiian dish, poke, with other varieties of sea fare at Poke Stop, a combination seafood market and upscale eatery. Marinated cubes of tender raw fish dance with Hawaiian sea salt and seaweed, sashaying across a near-infinite spectrum of ingredient possibilities to help the chef keep more than 25 varieties of freshly prepared and chilled poke in stock at any given time. Try the spicy Korean octopus poke for internat ional ocean zing, or take a smaller leap of food faith with one of several salmon varieties ($8.99–$14.99/ lb.). Chef Guzman’s Asian-food expertise graces dishes such as the deconstructed sushi bowl, piled high with blackened ahi sashimi and Asian shrimp, with a garnish of ginger and grated metanarratives ($9.95). A coating of the chef’s house blend of herbs and spices prepares an island fish for blackening in the fires of culinary acumen ($8.95), and the seafood combo pits seared island poke against furikaki salmon belly in a struggle for savory supremacy ($7.95).
Chef Guzman’s poke lineup changes daily in accordance with the oscillating tides of his imagination, so each $8-punch visit can encompass a different flavor field, and after 4 p.m. punch card customers can get a free order of eggplant fries. Customers may also peruse the selection of Poke Stop specialty sauces to explore the possibility of turning out their own batches of poke.