by John Heckathorn | HonoluluMagazine.com
There’s a new food truck in town. Right in town.
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood has parked its brightly painted blue truck at Ward Center, across the street from the Ward Theatres.
That’s the spot that was occupied by Haili’s “Backyard Luau” truck. Lorraine Haile reports that she and sister Rachel’s Kapahulu location (760 Palani Ave.) is so busy seven days a week that they decided to take a break with the truck. “It got too much. We’ll find a new location eventually.”
Bluewater is a shrimp truck, and then some: garlic shrimp and shrimp scampi, furikake and cajun ahi, plus a large array of plate lunches, all at plate lunch prices. See the menu on the left.
We tried out the scampi and spicy garlic shrimp plates, both full of flavor, though a tad messy if you want to reach in and take the shells off the unpeeled shrimp. (We had to ask for more napkins.)
There was a nice hot pepper buzz on the spicy garlic plate, and the tang of capers on the garlic shrimp. The plates came with furikake rice and tossed salad or an a typical mac salad, made with spaghetti, not bad.
But what really sparked our tastebuds was the grilled ahi belly special (right).
“I was surprised. Guys like you don’t usually order ahi belly,” said the cook to Biting Commentary. (We think he meant haole.)
But ahi belly is the best part of the fish to grill: rich, moist, full of flavor, and plenty on the plate for $7.95.
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood is not entirely new. It has three other locations: 2145 Kuhio Ave., International Market Place and 848 Ala Lilikoi St., Salt Lake. The two Waikiki locations explain the orchid and pineapple garnishing the plates.
The truck has a Twitter account (@BlueWaterShrimp). But you don’t need Twitter to find it. It’s at Ward 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Welcome to town.
Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood, daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Ward Center, 2145 Auahi St., 542-0045, Facebook page