Fish Tacos at the Hidden Sleeping Giant Grill
After a beautiful first snorkel session at Lydgate Beach, I was starving especially after looking at all the tasty fishes. After having a conversation with a local on the types of fish her grandson tends to catch and their favorites to eat, I was dying for something delicious. Looking up “poke” and “fish tacos” in Yelp for options that were still open (many close at 5pm), we saw that Sleeping Giant Grill fit the bill and we quickly headed there.
Sleeping Giant Grill tl;dr
- Location is Behind the Coconut Marketplace
- Venue Used to be Known as Kilauea Fish Market
- Great Seafood
Sleeping Giant Grill is a restaurant located near the Aston and behind the Coconut Marketplace. It can be a bit hard to find and slightly hidden but if you see Tres Lounge you are in the right place. Don’t despair! You will eventually be rewarded for your efforts.
Walking in, we were greeted with a line out the door, which is always a good sign of good food coming. The menu and daily specials are displayed on the wall. After placing our order, we took a seat at one of the tables in the back (there were also outside options but it was fairly windy so we opted for the warmth of the restaurant).
Food for Thought
While waiting for our food, we noshed on a quarter pound of poke, served with a wasabi soy sauce. Overall the poke was good but a bit on the expensive side at $20.99 per pound (market rate for the day). It was a good thing we got the poke since the food took quite a bit of time to come out and I was already on the verge of being hangry.
For our main meal we ordered 2 ono fish tacos (1 mochi style and 1 grilled). Both were served with cabbage, pico de gallo, cheese (which I opted out of) and their creamy house sauce. If you are getting the tacos, my suggestion would be to get the sauce on the side since they glop it on and for me it was a bit overwhelming. Despite that sauce explosion, the tacos were delicious! I especially loved the grilled tacos since it had the lightness of the fish but you could really taste the flavor of the seasoning used prior to grilling.
While I know a lot of the Yelp review extolled the loveliness of the mochi (basically where they use mochi flour to bread and coat the outside of the fish before frying), giving it a great texture. Regardless, I still personally preferred the grilled fish but was glad I got to try 2 different tacos in my taco plate.
What He Ate
Since the wrap was featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” (a show on the Food Network) and it was the #1 thing recommended by Yelp, my other half opted for the shrimp wrap. Served in foil, the wrap was HUGE (haha insert “that’s what she said” joke here). This things was stuffed with bean sprouts, carrots, shrimp and once again, a lot of sauce. For me, while the flavors were there, it needed some heat in order to make it really good. But don’t fret, there is a whole sauce bar near the kitchen where you can get some siracha to spice it up and regret it later.
My major qualms about this place is that service was not very friendly and it was super slow. It literally took forever for the food to come out. But perhaps it could have been an off day, maybe my extreme hunger made time fly, or maybe they were fighting off ninjas in the back out of earshot. Either which way, I was overall happy and willing to try it again. In the end, the food was definitely good but, for what it was, just a bit on the pricier side.