Kauai getaway, day 2- dinner

March 26th, 2010
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Dinner at Kauai Grill gets its own blog because it was so fabulous. Firstly, there is the reputation of the chef that precedes it. The very young Chef Colin Hazama is up for a James Beard award, and it's an honor to just be nominated. So we knew the food had to be pretty spectacular.

Chef and me

Chef and me

Kauai Grill

Kauai Grill

I want the restaurant doors!

I want the restaurant doors!

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I enjoyed dinner immensely. My favorite was the foie gras and the ice cream, Claus' was the foie gras and the octopus. Honestly, it's all superb. If you bring your appetite, you might be able to eat everything I list here, but if not, cut out two side dishes or appetizers. The chef was kind enough to send out a couple starters, and of course, our eyes were bigger than our stomachs because everything on the menu sounded so good.

Roasted foie gras with carmelized mango and ginger - excellent!

Roasted foie gras with carmelized mango and ginger - excellent!

Bigeye ahi with rice cracker crust, with citrus chili sauce

Bigeye ahi with rice cracker crust, with citrus chili sauce

Peppercorn octopus - eat this!

Peppercorn octopus - eat this!

Crispy poached eggs with caviar and vodka briosche

Crispy poached eggs with caviar and vodka briosche

Roasted baby beets with Kunana Farm goat cheese and mac nuts

Roasted baby beets with Kunana Farm goat cheese and mac nuts

Entree: steamed lobster calamansi with jalapeno spetzle and vegetables

My entree: steamed lobster calamansi with jalapeno spetzle and vegetables

His entree: seared sirloin of Wagyu veef, ginger mushrooms, and soy caramel sauce

His entree: seared sirloin of Wagyu beef, ginger mushrooms, and soy caramel sauce

Sides: Roasted maitake mushrooms with sesame and lime

Sides: Roasted maitake mushrooms with sesame and lime

Sides: Creamed spinach with herbs

Sides: Creamed spinach with herbs

Fruit salad with white pepper ice cream- awesome

Fruit salad with white pepper ice cream- awesome

It's a good thing the restaurant was only steps away from our room, because we ate so much we fell into a blissful food coma after dinner!

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9 Responses to “Kauai getaway, day 2- dinner”

  1. oldshoes:

    Awesome! thats nice of them to have a lobster entree' thats de-shelled.and very cool that the shell then becomes a "serving dish". Didnt they have a creme brulee' ? Did u enjoy an adult beverage at all? Wine? A nice Far Niente Chardonnay?


  2. Sam Urai:

    Pleasant dreams-for me too!!!


  3. hawaiiobsessed:

    wow. Just. wow. how young is the chef, he looks quite young but maybe he has a "baby face". oh my goodness, that food! They should offer a luggage cart service to wheel you back to your room and dump you in your bed!


  4. Diane Ako:

    oldshoes, I had the champagne before dinner so I didn't want to drink more. I had tea, but Claus had wine pairings. I would love to drink more, but I know I would get a headache and I hate that. I think they have creme brulee but we were SO FULL we had to force ourselves to eat a dessert. Force... ha ha... there's always room for sugar.

    hawaiiobsessed, He's 38. Asians age well. Kidding... I have no idea his age, though I know it's under 35 based on a comment he made. But my cousin exclaimed, "Is he 12?" He's very nice and he has a surprisingly bass voice for such a young face. He could be an announcer if he quit cooking!


  5. theDman:

    Fantastic choices....looks like a very rich meal though, not sure I could get through half of it.


  6. RedZone:

    wow that looks really good. Did you get the recipes?


  7. shoyu burner:

    The food looks good and you can see the chef has a very unique style of texture and flavor blending. I guess that's why he's a finalist for the James Beard award. It's good to see local chefs being recognized.
    btw: that's a lot of food for two! I probably couldn't walk after that meal....


  8. maxcat:

    Looks like a fabulous meal ... I want fois gras ... last time I had was at Le Procope ... this looks as good as that


  9. kanakakuuna:

    mahalo for sharing. the food looked delicious. i've got to visit Kauai. So far based on your blog Hanalei is the place to be on the Garden Isle.


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