Chef Darren Ogasawara of Norio’s at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel - Waimea, HI

1 North Kaniku Drive
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
(808) 885-2000

It’s not hard to be both dazzled and relaxed at Norio’s. Located next to a tranquil koi pond in the Fairmont Orchid hotel, Norio’s is a traditional sushi restaurant that showcases dozens of Japanese and Hawaiian fish, the result of which is a rainbow of flavors, textures, and colors. The menu extends well beyond sushi, though. Chef Darren Ogasawara’s sake-marinated black cod brings out the moisture of the fish and gives it a crisp texture, and his sea bream with shiso chimichurri includes a touch of South American flair. The menu also features roughly two dozen dry-aged locally raised cuts of beef and a large selection of sakes and Japanese beers.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Japanese Sea Bream, Frisée, Garlic Soy, Shiso Chimichurri
  • Unagi and Seared Foie Gras, Apple Gastrique, Onion Demi-glace, Apple chips, and Arugula

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