End of the Week Round-Up: The Other Kauai Experiences

We’ve covered what I consider the Big 4 of Kauai restaurants: Roy’s, The Beach House, Josselin’s, and Merriman’s. Plantation Gardens is also a reliable choice in Poipu that I usually visit, but didn’t this time, nor did I get to try the new Kauai Grill at the St. Regis in Princeville, with a menu partlyContinue reading “End of the Week Round-Up: The Other Kauai Experiences”

Roy’s Poipu Bar and Grill, Kauai

It’s rare to find a restaurant chain with 29 locations across the country worthy of significant praise, but Roy’s is that rare empire to deserve a round of applause for its continued high caliber consistency and creativity. Long after the fusion wave of the 90’s dot com boom era that chef Roy Yamaguchi rode toContinue reading “Roy’s Poipu Bar and Grill, Kauai”

Cocktails of the Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mai Tais in Kauai

The mai tai is a fascinating cocktail, created back in 1940 by Victor Bergeron, the “Vic” of Trader Vic’s, at the Trader Vic’s in Emeryville, CA, near Oakland, not exactly a real bastion of tropical tiki culture one might say. His original recipe called for dark Jamaican rum, orgeat (an almond syrup), curaçao (an orangeContinue reading “Cocktails of the Week: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Mai Tais in Kauai”

Beach House Restaurant, Poipu, Kauai

The Beach House is the most controversial restaurant on the island of Kauai amongst the passionate food community of locals and frequent visitors. Its location a mere ten yards removed from Lawaii Beach with a striking view west toward the sunset each night is truly spectacular, paradise found. It is the quintessential Kauai restaurant forContinue reading “Beach House Restaurant, Poipu, Kauai”

Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai

It has been a long road back to being the King of Kauai chefs for Jean-Marie Josselin, since the demise a few years ago of his original restaurant in a Kapa’a mini-mall (the one with Safeway directions would always say), the critic’s favorite and universally beloved A Pacific Café. Josselin’s cooking at A Pacific CaféContinue reading “Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai”

Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai

What exactly is Hawaiian regional cuisine? That is the great question when dining in the restaurants of the “fathers” of this cuisine, be it Roy Yamaguchi at his two dozen nationwide restaurants, or like our President at Alan Wong’s Honolulu stalwart, or Jean-Marie Josselin’s riveting tapas on Kauai, and since 1988 at Peter Merriman’s flagshipContinue reading “Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai”

Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai

Today is the “day after” leaving a week on Kauai, the day where you realize not every day features guava jam on your toast, the dinner choice is fresh ahi or onaga, and the 6 pm hour doesn’t meant prepping mai tais for the sunset. If only every day could be Kauai… We’ll cover theContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai”