Roll with It: Nico’s New Food Truck in Kaka‘ako
Poke bowls, fish and chips and yes, furikake seared ‘ahi from Pier 38 are now on Coral Street.
Roll with It is Frolic’s new series about new food trucks we’ve seen out and about. We’re tracking them down and trying dishes to bring you the 4-1-1.
Nico Chaize faced a dilemma. The pandemic had forced him to temporarily close Nico’s Upstairs, his upscale restaurant above perennially popular Nico’s Pier 38, and he needed another source of income. His solution: a food truck. It launched last Friday near Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park in Kaka‘ako, bringing Nico’s best-sellers closer to townies and Waikīkī.
At a glance:
The truck has a limited menu featuring the best-selling dishes from Nico’s at Pier 38, including poke bowls, loco moco plates, fish and chips and the signature furikake pan-seared ahi. Prices range from $12 to $15. Keep your eyes peeled for the special of the day, like pan-seared opah with a tomato bisque sauce. You can get spicy ahi poke or ahi deluxe poke by the half-pound, Spam musubis and desserts like cookies ($3), passion mango cheesecake and rockslide brownies ($5).
- Furikake pan-seared ahi with fresh ahi tuna steak, $15. The longtime top seller at Pier 38 delivers freshly seared ahi steaks coated in furikake, green onions and ogo.
- Poke bowl combo of spicy ahi and ahi deluxe, market price. Choose your own toppings like furikake, kabayaki sauce and fried garlic chips. This combo bowl was $13 on Tuesday.
- Boneless chicken katsu coated with panko bread crumbs, $14
How it rolls
- Where: Mother Waldron Neighborhood Park, 525 Coral St., Kaka‘ako
- When: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Preorders: Nope, walk-up orders only for now
- Payment: Cash or credit card
- Follow: @nicofoodtruck