Sushi nerds, the time has come to stop lamenting that you can’t drop by the Tokyo fish market every morning. One of America’s top suppliers of pristine, meant-to-be-eaten-raw fish is now selling directly to consumers.
Until now, seafood from the Honolulu Fish Company went only to top restaurants like Michael White’s Marea. For years, chefs have prized the company’s wild, line-caught fish (all of which comes from Hawaii) for its smooth, buttery texture and glassy, shimmering appearance, as well as its amazing flavor. It’s all sashimi-grade, which (though the term isn’t regulated by law) connotes a specific, labor-intensive way of processing and preparing the fish for raw consumption.
One of the prime offerings is rich, steak-red ahi tuna (which is, by the way, sustainable), but the company also sells lesser-known varieties that are rarely seen on the mainland. Fish like ono (a.k.a. wahoo), opah and kajiki (Hawaiian blue marlin) are less pricey than tuna but just as incredible, served raw as sashimi or poke, a classic Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish.
This amazing fish isn’t cheap—it starts at around $100 for three pounds—but shipping is included and it arrives in specially designed packaging that reflects heat. Order at honolulufish.com.