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Epicurean Jul 28, 2010 02:20 PM

The Mrs. and I enjoying a good tasting menu. It is also our 10yr anniversary, and we will be in Kaanapali for 2weeks. Here is what I would like help with:

1. Best Tasting menu for Anniversary night ( I know the Banyan tree does one for $150 but others come in around $45 like David Paul's). For this night, I would love a 9-12 course all-out tasting experience (ala Alan Wong's in HNL)

Also:

2. Since we will be there for a couple weeks, I could see us hitting up a few others especially if they are a good deals in the $40-60 range....

If possible please include approximate cost and approximate number of courses

Mahalo !!
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Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

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    mnadel Aug 3, 2010 06:30 PM

    To me, this is a simple one. Spago is the only tasting menu on the island that would place for a tasting menu in a large mainland city--although I haven't tried or heard much about the Banyan Tree's tasting The tasting menus at Lahaina Grille and David Paul's are more like "sampler" menus than true multi-course tastings. Of course, Spago will be an hour's drive for you.

    You might call Merriman

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    Banyan Tree
    1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI

    Spago
    3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

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    1. re: mnadel
      manomin Aug 3, 2010 07:08 PM

      I agree with you mnadel. I had the meal of a lifetime there just having whatever inspired him to cook. They suggest to plan on 3 hours at least to eat. I just had some of his amazing indonesian inspired fish in lettuce cups at an event in Kapalua and I had 3 as they were so good!

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        Epicurean Aug 4, 2010 07:49 AM

        Terrific! I have made resys at Spago for our Anniversary night.... Might try a couple of the other "sampling menus" over the course of 2weeks. Will report!!
        Mahalo

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        Spago
        3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

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      Epicurean Jul 31, 2010 03:47 PM

      Here are some others that I have found:
      Spago
      David Paul's
      Lahina Grill
      Sea House -- at $225 per person
      Banyan Tree

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      Banyan Tree
      1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI

      Sea House Restaurant
      5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

      Spago
      3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

      1. DriverPhil Jul 29, 2010 10:43 AM

        Lahaina Grill does a tasting menu

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        Lahaina Grill
        127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

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          Epicurean Jul 28, 2010 02:37 PM

          Let me amend my post: I called David Paul's island grill and they do a chef's table in the kitchen for $150pp..... We love that sort of thing, but I very much trust Mr. Hunt so I am leery....

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            manomin Jul 28, 2010 04:18 PM

            I'm thinking about this but am having difficulty following the price range you suggest.
            David Paul would no way have a tasting menu at that level which I would have said
            had you not checked.

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              Epicurean Jul 31, 2010 03:46 PM

              To clarify, I am happy to take recommendations on $100-$200 tastings... I have just read some other posts saying that there are some other not so "over the top" tastings or menu samplers.....

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