Matua’s Sushi Bar and Islander Grill serves up some amazing Hawaiian food in San Diego, like these absolutely delicious marinated kalbi ribs! Located in Barrio Logan right outside downtown San Diego, this little hidden gem is totally worth the trip!
Recently, the boyfriend and I have been venturing out to Barrio Logan to hunt down places to eat.
We live right downtown, so it’s really a nice stroll through the neighborhood.
Ok, I’m not going to lie, there’s a little spot right between downtown and Barrio Logan that gets a little seedy. We just keep walking.
The streets are quiet, and it has a nice quaint feel to it.
Plus, gentrification is moving in guys.
And you know what that means. Yummy foods. Foods of all kinds. Trendy coffee shops.
All the good stuff.
On a recent craze for Hawaiian food, we were pretty excited to try out Matua’s Sushi Bar & Islander Grill.
And for good reason. It was amazing. The meats were all tender and delicious, the service was awesome, and the atmosphere is really laid back with that Islander tiki bar feel to it.
Matua’s has an awesome, incredibly extensive menu. Everything ranging from spam musabi to poke, kalbi ribs to chicken katsu, teriyaki bowls, loco moco (can’t have Hawaiian food without a little loco moco) and an array of different sushi rolls.
All the good stuff.
We started with the spam musabi. And boy was it delicious. The perfect amount of spam coated with a deliciously sweet and savory sauce, wrapped with seasoned sushi rice and nori (seaweed) this was an awesome way to start our meal!
Then we ordered the Chamorro combo, which comes with a choice of red or white rice, macaroni, potato or green salad, Uncle Frank’s pork ribs and chicken kelaguen (simialr to chicken salad).
First off, we always order the red rice when available at any Hawaiian spot. Typically seasoned with onions, garlic, tomato sauce and broth, it has more flavor than white rice.
Uncle Frank’s pork ribs were deliciously fall of the bone tender. They were so packed full of flavor, I’m pretty sure the boyfriend did everything he could to get every last piece of meat off the bone.
Oh, and those little yellow pickled veggies. SOOOO good. I could have eaten a whole gigantic bowl full.
And then the kalbi ribs. Oh those deliciously tender and so so so amazing kalbi ribs. These are good stuff guys. One of my favorite foods ever.
The short ribs are marinated in what I can only describe as liquid gold, then grilled and served with the red or white rice, and choice of salad.
And guys, if you’re into this kind of thing, the portions are HUGE. We definitely had leftovers.
Given this place is right down the street in downtown San Diego, I foresee us making regular visits here.
Especially since I regularly dream of those delicious grilled kalbi ribs…..
I want to hear from you though – where is your favorite place to get Hawaiian food in San Diego?
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