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Kai Andersen and Diane Seo | Photo: Courtesy Image | August 9, 2013
Enjoy the taste of summer at some of the island’s most impressive restos.
Leave it to James Beard Award-winning chef George Mavrothalassitis to wow with his new summer menu dubbed Return from Provence. We suggest you splurge with the Grand Degustation, an 11 course sampling that wows with the very first bite. (How could you not love the abalone, served with a light, airy tarama?) The symphony continues with Indochine-style poached Keāhole lobster and squab served in papillote. The final dishes like the goat cheese ice cream are simply marvelous. With menus like this, it’s no wonder, then, that Gayot selected the Mō‘ili‘ili eatery as one of the 2013 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., the only Hawai‘i establishment on the list. 1969 S. King St., McCully/Mō‘ili‘ili, 944.4714, chefmavro.com
Pa‘akai and North Shore Kula Grille
With its lush, North Shore environs, it’s fitting that Turtle Bay Resort would emphasize farm-to-table cuisine at its signature restaurants. Thus, the resort recently opened Pa‘akai and North Shore Kula Grille, both with menus replete with locally sourced ingredients. While Pa‘akai specializes in sea-to-table cuisine, serving fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kaua‘i prawns, ‘inamona scallops and other ocean specialties, Kula Grille brings in a wide range of produce, herbs and meats from farmers, ranchers and fishermen across Hawai‘i. Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway,Kahuku, 293.6000, turtlebayresort.com
Chef de Cuisine Allen Hess (formerly of Allen’s Table) has crafted a Hawaiian plantation-style menu with a focus on fresh island fish and playful dishes, like his colorful goat tacos. The gazebo is the spot to hit for sunset viewing, while sipping on signature martinis. Better yet, sign up for Hess’ Captain’s Table, an adventurous blind tasting menu presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 881.7911, maunalani.com/hawaii-big-island-dining
Kō touts itself as the only fine dining restaurant in Maui with sugarcane- plantation-era cuisine. Executive Chef Tylun Pang incorporates personal family recipes with Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese specialties. For the rest of August, enjoy a three-course menu of the chef’s favorites, paired with top wines from Grgich Hill Estate Winery in Napa. The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.2210, korestaurant.com
The Terrace Chef-Crafted
Thanks to Executive Chef John Zaner, the hotel’s signature eatery offers an enticing locally inspired dinner menu. Through September 1, try the chef’s summer tasting menu for a truly seasonal experience. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 669.6200, ritzcarlton.com