The weekend is quickly approaching, you want to go to dinner, but you don’t know where to go. Craving something different, something unique and innovative? Not the norm and not just for the traditionalist when it comes to sushi, Rua Catering has been popping up in Wailuku at a charming event catering venue (complete with aloha print tablecloths) for a few months now to rave reviews.
Friday and Saturday nights only and located at Vineyard Food Company on Vineyard Boulevard, the parking is limited to the street, empty lots from nearby businesses and wherever you can find a space to fit your car. Small groups of diners gather in the open dining room and along the sushi bar eagerly awaiting a chance to order their favorite dishes and perhaps some new ones. This pop-up dinner has a dedicated fan-base that means by 6pm it’s a full house, B.Y.O.B. and prepare to be wowed.
Crafted by Chefs Jayse Sato and Grant Oura the revolving menu includes staple dishes like sushi, nigiri, sashimi, hot items like braised short ribs and miso baked salmon, along with sliders and oyster shooters. They also feature a special menu for the evening that is posted on the makai end of the dining room. However, where these two shine is when they take something that’s traditional, put a contemporary spin on it and really think outside of the box.
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Here’s a look at some of the items we shared:
Overall, this was a fun, engaging, mind-blowing dinner with all the not-so-ordinary flavor combinations. Plates range from $7-$17 and we left with full tummies. I would definitely go back, and would recommend getting there early before the first seating or perhaps on the backend of the first turn for the second seating.
Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital
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and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University.
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