Fresh Catch / Finding a good Oahu neighborhood fish market is harder than it should be. Now we have two great options provided by owner/chef Reno Henriques. A St. Louis High and Western Culinary Institute grad, Reno dreamed for years of opening his own place. About two and a half years ago, he opened Fresh Catch Kaimuki, where he serves sashimi, poke and plate lunches along with a variety of more unusual treats–oxtail soup, fresh opihi, oio lomi, smoked meats and pasteles. Reno heads into Honolulu Harbor early every morning to United Fishery’s Honolulu Auction so there is no need to “freshen” up the fish with carbon monoxide. He also has his own boats, which head out three times a week and bring back mahimahi, aku, ono and ‘ahi in season (May-October). If you ask for fish, they might bring out what they have and cut your choice on the spot.
The extended Henriques family is involved in many facets of the operation–including Reno’s mother, Lynda, his wife, Mahea, his cousins who make red velvet cupcakes and his brother, Domique, who sets up recycling sites (including a site next to the Waialae Fresh Catch). In 2009, Fresh Catch Kaneohe was launched as Reno jumped at the chance to serve the Windward side when Slow Poke owner Ron Yogi was looking to retire. The larger location has a 12-foot display case where you can view the full line-up of fishy treats and marinated meats.Fresh Catch Kaimuki 3109 Waialae Ave., Kaimuki, 735-7653 Fresh Catch Kaneohe 45-1118 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, 235-7653 Mon.–Fri., 10am–7:30pm Sat., 8am–7:30pm, Sun., 8am–5pm [freshcatch808.com]