Tommy Bahamas: Home of the Blackened Toast Mahi Sandwich

by: Juergen T Steinmetz |

The word “black” in the blackened Mahi Sandwich at Tommy Bahamas Waikiki refers to the badly burned toast the sandwich is embedding some hardly to define ingrediences.

Welcome to the world of Tommy Bahamas: A destination where you can relax freely, live spontaneously, and dress effortlessly-every single day.

The restaurant wants people to know: “We’re on a journey to bring you more of what you love while reducing our environmental impact and enhancing our communities.”

Tommy Bahamas restaurants and Marlin Bars are popular among visitors to Hawaii, but also in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nevada, and even New York City.

According to the Tommy Bahamas Website, the restaurant in the heart of Waikiki is a prime location and a favorite among tourists and Open Table bookings.

In this three-story oasis, one finds a farm-to-table restaurant, a gorgeous living wall of herbs and tropical plant life, and an open-air rooftop complete with sand, a fire pit, live music, and a stunning view of Honolulu.

What is Farm to Table in Hawaii?

Hawaii Eco Foodie experiences that intertwine locally grown ingredients and iconic locations.

Working hand in hand with talented Hawaii farmers and chefs, this concept of Farm to Table is highly promoted and advertised by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and many restaurants on the islands.

What I expected, and what I got from Tommy Bahamas?

I expected a farm-to-table experience when ordering the Blackened Mahi Mahi Reuben Sandwich at Tommy Bananas in Waikiki for $26.00 plus tax and tips. The sandwich was advertised with Marbled Rye Gruyere Cheese, Chipolata Remoulade, and Island Spices.

A delicious and mouthwatering experience was my expectation.

I was soooooo Wrong!

….what I got kind of blew my mind.

A badly burned black toast with some hardly identifiable filling of various sorts and something that may resembles fish such as Mahi inside. Some french fries filled the rest of the plate.

The only blackened here was the burned toast.

While the sandwich tasted horrible, the complimentary white bread and no taste.

When I complained, the manager agreed to replace my burned sandwich worth $26 with a Beet Salad valued at $13. It was supposed to have Citrus, Miso, Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese, Oranges, Honey, and Candied Walnuts.

I got a tasteless fresh salad, but not even a hint of citrus.

The staff was friendly and accommodating, but simply Tommy Bahamas may want to concentrate on fancy drinks and selling t-shirts before continuing to run restaurants.

Go to Uncle’s Fish Market instead.

I recommend that the chef at Tommy Bahamas have lunch or dinner at the Uncle’s Fish Market at Pearlridge Mall on Oahu.

The Uncle’S Fish Market BEET SALAD Greens with beets, oranges, goat cheese, red onions, carrots, and candied walnuts. Red wine vinaigrette is on a scale of 10 compared to 2 at Tommy Bahamas. It had a mouthwatering citrus taste.

The Mahi is genuinely mouthwatering and has a taste you want to remember. Garlic Ahi, however, is my favorite.

Bruce Johnson created UNCLE’S FISH MARKET & GRILL as a tribute to his mentors and heroes, Hawaii’s fishermen of a bygone era. But Uncleʻs is not simply a place of nostalgia.

Its true focus is to deliver a dining experience based on local fresh fish through a diverse seafood menu developed over decades. Diners can expect consistency and quality over trends and slogans.

Uncleʻs is a gathering place for locals who know the value of high-quality Hawaiian fresh fish and visitors who seek an authentic expression of Hawaiiʻs history and food traditions.

Diners can experience fresh (never frozen) fish and chips, sandwiches, tacos, and raw fish items, plus an entree menu expressing the diversity and food traditions of Hawaiiʻs people. The menu is extensive, accommodating different types of diners in both price components and flavor profiles.

Uncle’s pays respect to the past by displaying in its Pearlridge location an extensive collection of artifacts, photos, antique fishing gear, and authentic taxidermy, including “Choy’s Monster,” the world’s most giant marlin ever caught.

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