Chasing down a shrimp truck amidst the backdrop of paradise would seem nothing less than a fantastical food lover’s dream. Unfortunately for us, it will remain a dream a bit longer. We were unable to make a drive up the famed North Shores of Hawaii to visit those trucks. Instead we closed in on Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Company, part of the open air food court at the International Market Place in Waikiki.
(Above: a plate of seafood bounty — shrimp scampi, veggies an Ahi Tuna, Furikake style.)
No need to stand on ceremony here. It’s a pretty casual affair: some garden furniture scattered amidst the cluster of restaurants for diners to work on their meal. Blue Water started out as a humble shrimp truck, so much of its menu reflects simplicity: fresh fish, oyster, steak, and of course shrimp — all humbly prepared in a backyard barbeque fashion.
Case and I shared a double combo: shrimp scampi lathered in a buttery, garlic sauce served with a scoop of rice, veggies, half a corn and grilled Ahi tuna — Furikake style (encrusted in a jacket of sesame seeds and fried crispy on one side). It felt like a summer family reunion on a plate.
(Above: Coke? Why not?)
Our meal with a coke, tax and tip was a mere $20, quite possibly the best meal served up on a plastic plate we’ve had. The portions are generous, the food honest, and the people friendly, everything that makes us fond of Hawaii.
Perfect for: the best meal you’ll likely have on a plastic plate.