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Kauai suggestions, specifically near Grand Hyatt in Poipu

Hi everyone! I'll be in Kauai for about a week starting in a few days. I've looked at a few other threads, but I was hoping to a get a few more specific responses. I'll be staying at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort in Poipu for a conference. Because I'll be there on business most of the time, I won't be able to go far from that location most days due to time constraints. Is there any essential dining nearby (I'll need both lunch and dinner most days)? How about things to do at night once the conference is done for the day?

I'll have a couple days at the end of the trip without work obligations, so I also welcome suggestions for what to do on those days. But the other threads are more helpful in that regard, so I'm really hoping you guys can help me out in the vicinity of the Hyatt.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. We've stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai a half dozen times and have a number of places we really like. They include Roy's and Keoki's Paradise, both at the Poipu Village Shopping Center about a five minute drive from the Hyatt. Beach House Restaurant has great sunset views and is perhaps 10 minutes away. Merriman's is at the new shopping center at Kukui'ula and is also about 10 minutes away. (We like the dining room upstairs, not the more casual dining downstairs). We also enjoy the restaurants at the Hyatt, Donderos and Tidepools. We also tried the restaurant at the adjoining golf course which is open for lunch and dinner. We've never tried it but many people have recommended Josselin's at Kukui'ula also.

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    1. re: huskergreg

      Hi, emtilt:

      You know, Po'ipu's always been a little long on cuisine and short of flavor; no matter how much money is pumped into most places there, it largely has an air of artificiality about it that wears very thin.

      I therefore suggest you try places like Brenneke's and Casa di Amici, if for no other reason than they have a raison d'etre other than resorts and tourists. Or see what's to be found in Old Koloa Town.

      Maybe pack a meal of smoked marlin and ocean salad, walk the cliffs toward Gillin's, meet some fishermen, continue out as far toward Maha'ulepu as you dare, sit and read about the great battle there that decided one of Hawai'i's futures.

      Aloha,
      Kaleo

      1. re: kaleokahu

        Ah, I was afraid that it might be hard to avoid that "air of artificiality." Thanks for the suggestions - I'll try to check them out!

    2. For a couple of casual spots check out Joe's on the Green in Poipu.
      Super casual & cheap ...the Sueoka's take-out window in Koloa town next to Sueoka's grocery store. Great local treats.
      Many folks enjoy "Puka Dog" at the Poipu shopping center. Popular spot.
      In Lihue on Kress St....we don't leave the Island without stopping in at Hamura's Saimin....for the best Saimin, BBQ chicken stick and a slice of lilikoi pie. James Beard award winner a few years back..... They have been in the same location for over 60 years....much the same staff. A real favorite of the locals...a great stop!

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      1. re: easily amused

        Thanks, those all sound really interesting. I'll certainly try Hamura's before I catch my flight home. The others sound good too, though perhaps slightly further from the hotel than I'll have time to venture on conference days.

        1. re: emtilt

          Skip the Puka dog, not worth the calories, although the gelato place next door is excellent.

        2. re: easily amused

          I ended up really loving Hamura's (even ordered seconds!) - thanks for the suggestion. It wasn't at a usual meal time though - don't know how it is when it gets crowded. Sueoka's also became a go-to spot for a qucik bite my last couple days. The food is nothing amazing, but it's pretty decent and they have really reasonable prices.

        3. Love Grand Hyatt Kauai and it's a great place to stay.
          At the resort, get the free breakfast coupons...ask the Front Desk..awesome buffet
          Down in Poipu, we enjoyed Red Salt for dinner and drinks.
          Keoiki's Paradise was a regular place for happy hour and their chicken stir fry was huge with tons of veggies and we would split that and be so full.
          Roy's is in the same shopping center
          Beach House is great for sunset drinks and apps...dinner is pricey
          Hamura Saimin in Lihue for the best lilokoi pie and ramen
          Duke's for drinks and kiss the statue of our beloved Duke.
          Dondero's in the Hyatt...great 3 course meal for around $50 pp.
          Stevenson's Library at the Hyatt is another fave.
          This is a fantastic hotel and the salt water pool is hard to leave.
          The country club has a decent breakfast/lunch if you don't want to leave the property as well as the pool bar with full kitchen.
          Not impressed with Tidepools...maybe it's gotten better.
          Kauai has the most Aloha of all the islands..
          Have a great time!

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Hey Beach Chick!
            We are headed to Grand Hyatt in September so I've been trolling the HI boards for recs. Glad to see your input here, since we can always trust your opinion in San Diego. I'm saving this board for my trip research, along with all the recs from Kaleokahu.
            Aloha!

            1. re: melee

              Aloha melee!
              Are you staying at the Grand Hyatt?
              Head up to the St. Regis hotel for drinks/apps...stunning 5* resort ..hour up the coast.
              Hanalei is a charming town with one lane bridges..Tahiti Nui and Dolphins
              Hamura Saimin's is a James Beard award place that is a dive but so beloved and the best place to get Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt... thrift shop at the corner.
              They have a great Costco for the cheapest gas and of course all the essentials..Longs is great too!
              September is a great time to go..might see you there..I'll buy the first round of Hinano's!

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Love it - thanks Beach Chick!
                We are staying at the Grand Hyatt. Great tip re: breakfast coupons. We've been once before, about four years ago, but this time we're bringing our girls. The good news is that they're pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new places.
                They will love the drive to Princeville and I'm looking forward to drinks at the St. Regis; we didn't have time to stop in during our last visit.
                I'm also looking forward to vistiing Hanalei.
                Hamura Saimin's looks right up our ally - and perfect for the girls.
                Let me know if you go in September. I'll buy the lillikoi pie :-)

                1. re: melee

                  Aloha..
                  It doesn't hurt to ask on the breakfast coupons..it worked for us and it was one hell of a $60 pp buffet.

                  Keoki's Paradise was our go to place for reasonably priced and decent food..it's a T&S resto (Hula Grill/Kimo's) and Red Salt is a must...breakfast/lunch/dinner.

                  I so love Kauai..it reminds me of my beloved Moorea.
                  I'm trying to get out there in September for birthday/anniversary and I'll raise you on the lilikoi pie and I'll buy the Hinano beers!

                  www.koakea.com/dining-at-red-salt

            2. re: Beach Chick

              Maybe we had too many glasses of fine Montrachet, but thought that Beach House was great. That can be an issue with a bunch of winos. If they are dining, but arrived early, they might be too drunk to notice the food?

              Still, we have had many great meals at Beach House, while many here, complain, and whine, like a little girl "wiener dog." We must have hit them on the ultimate days, on all of our trips. Many others find many problems with it. I have never experienced such, but maybe that is just me?

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                'Maybe we had too many glasses of fine Montrachet'..love the way you roll Bill..

                Love Beach House..how can you pissed when your dining at a place like that.
                I know some that complain like a little girl wiener dog...hee hee

                Aloha

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  I always wonder, when we have a great meal, and dozens of CH respondents pile on, regarding how bad it really is. Gotta' be something wrong on my end?

                  We loved it, and every aspect was very good, to great. The food was very good to excellent. The wine list was more than adequate, and the wine service was excellent.

                  As fate would have it, the sommelier at The Beach House, was married to our server at Dondero's, the next night, and he had commented to her, how a couple had taxed him, regarding wine service. She had no idea that she's get us, the very next night, but did a wonderful job.

                  Hunt

            3. Dondero's impressed me (though they missed on wife's Osso Buco), and with the Amarone that I paired with, their beef tenderloin ended up being about # 4 on my "All Time Best" scale.

              Tidepools had many things going for it, but overall, fell short.

              Beach House, though it gets little love here, was about 95%.

              Merriman's was great.

              Plantation House had much to offer, except for the service and final execution on the meals. The wine list was a bad joke, but that is another story.

              Enjoy,

              Hunt

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              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Plantation House is Kapalua Maui..
                ;- )

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Thank you - no. Plantation Gardens on Poipu, Kaua`i. My mistake.

                  Lovely venue, decent food, but that was all. The potential was there, but the service was very lacking. The wine list was rather a bad joke, and the food... ? Well, it was in the lower end of the entire trip.

                  Mahalo,

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    I ended up having my last meal at Plantation Gardens, when Red Salt was too busy for the amount of time I could afford to wait. Definitely agree with your assessment of the wine list and service. I actually found the food kind of interesting, though. I had the corn fritters app followed by pan seared snapper with root vegetables. In both cases I was initially disappointed by the individual elements. The fritters were sweet and heavy, and the root vegetables tasted really weird in the broth. But both dishes came together surprisingly well when all elements were tasted together, with the miso and onions cutting through the corn flavor, and the almost over-seared char on the fish working well with the almost offensive broth. To be honest, I'm not sure what I think of it. It was either really well planned, or incompetent and lucky. It'd probably take another visit to really figure out how good of a restaurant it is, but I was satisfied with that meal (at least when ignoring the service issues).

                    1. re: emtilt

                      If I could have done a BYOW, and had our busser doing the service, things would have been very different.

                      The food was good, though not "great," but the other elements of the service worked against the restaurant. Our server had no clue, regarding the wines (very limited), or the dishes, and was very comfortable in his lack of knowledge. Now, our busser really "got it," and found a US $20 in his hand.

                      The potential is great, but on our visit, was not even close to being realized, and some did not seem to even care.

                      I'd go back, but they would be down my list.

                      I'd also gladly pay corkage, if they allow that, as Costco has a better selection of wines on Kaua`i, and I almost NEVER do BYOW - anywhere.

                      Hunt

                2. re: Bill Hunt

                  Bill are you talking about Merriman' on Maui (which is great) or the Merriman's on Kauai (which has gotten more mixed reviews in various internet places)? To emtilt: You might also consider the Kiahuna Plantation Gardens restaurant. Its close to your hotel, in a neat old plantation house in a lovely garden setting. I enjoyed myself quite a bit there 3 or 4 years ago. The food may be not quite as high end as places like Tidepools or Dondero's but to me it felt less "corporate" and more "aloha/independent", just my impression.

                  And there is Koloa Fish Market for takeout poke, sushi, and plate lunch. My favorite light lunch in Poipu: ahi sashimi with wasabi and pickled ginger, a bag of taro chips and a can of Maui Brewing Company blonde ale! And then its back to the waves for me!

                  1. re: mwest9

                    Think he's talking about Plantation Gardens, which is down the same road as the Sheraton Po'ipu. I agree with you, Hunt; nice setting, but food not the greatest. We last went there in 2010, but haven't been back.

                    1. re: beantowntitletown

                      Yes, a mis-type on my part. You and BeachChick caught me on that one. My bad.

                      Hunt

                    2. re: mwest9

                      Here, Merriman's on Kaua`i, which was very good. The Kapalua location gets higher marks from us, but the Kaua`i location (watch for that narrow bridge, if you have delved into the wine list) was better, than many other restaurants, such as the lovely Plantation Gardens.

                      Hunt

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                      1. Aloha Evan..
                        Wow, never heard anyone dislike the Grand Hyatt and if your room is mediocre on cleanliness, I would contact the GM, Doug Sears, whom is a hands on guy and really nice and would love to hear your complaints.
                        Kauai is not known for their stellar food but I've had some great meals on the island, so maybe your best bet is to not eat at the resort and do talk to management.
                        Go for happy hour at Keoki's paradise in Poipu and have a couple mai tais and their chicken stir fry is quite good.
                        I wouldn't waste my $$ at Tidepools and hope you got to go to Red Salt.
                        Love that your getting your PHD in Astrophysics!
                        Aloha

                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          My criticisms of the Hyatt are twofold. The cleanliness issue is one, and mostly that's just little complaints that seem justified because it is a high end resort hotel. For example, nearly all of my sheets and towels have had significant stains on them, and the floor had a fair amount of hair on it upon arrival. Additionally, my first actions upon checking in were to kill a roach (or some similar insect - slightly different than the roaches back home) and pick up another already dead one from the floor by the door.

                          My second issue is less the fault of the hotel and more personal preference. I'm not a fan of resort style travelling - I'm more into seeing the country and eating what the locals do. A place like the Hyatt is totally constructed to isolate tourists from the surroundings - it creates an artificial bubble that I am not interested in.

                          The predominance of dining at the Hyatt early in the week was due to the schedule of the conference I'm attending and the other people I've had to meet with. The one dining highlight so far was the Koloa Fish Market - that meal was a steal. I'm yet to have a cooked seafood dish, however, that is even close to as good as ones I routinely have in Colorado (!!). I'll probably do one more fairly "nice" dinner while here. Would Red Salt be your number one choice?

                          1. re: emtilt

                            Aloha..
                            Pictures are your friend when it comes to the cleanliness issue and I'm a freak for it being clean..especially, a 5* resort like the Grand Hyatt.
                            Sounds to me your a NOT a corporate kind of guy and that is all good..
                            Hamura Saimin's sounds like your kind of place..very local, divey goodness with food that is off the chain good.
                            Red Salt has great food and since its down the road from the hotel and this is your last night, I would hit that up..high end boutique hotel
                            Keoki's is casual but it is a chain (hula grill, duke's and kimos) and just to hang and here Hawaiian music, happy hour drinks in a nice setting a couple minutes from the resort was all good.
                            Don't tolerate half ass treatment from the Grand Hyatt..they wouldn't want that and you've paid good money to stay there.
                            Hanalei is lovely in North Shore..Dolphins and Tahiti Nui are fun local spots.
                            Have a slice of lilikoi pie for me at Hamura's and the thrift store at the corner usually has great deals on Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirts.
                            Aloha

                        2. emtilt, you are a tough customer, nothing wrong with that, it gives more weight to the positives when you find them. Clearly, you are not down with the whole corporate vibe, and I agree with you. Hopefully you'll get to some better places on the rest of the trip. Not far from where you are is Josselyns, Red Salt, Merriman's, and Beach House. I'm not recommending all of those, because I've only read about most of them, but it seems that none of those are the corporate type of mediocre hotel food establishments that you've been suffering through. Good luck!

                          1. Hi, emtilt:

                            You get better opah in Colorado? E kala mai i'au, pupule 'oe. Try gets black ulua (Buta Guchi) or opakapaka from Koloa, Kilauea or the Dolphin fish markets. Next time, try stay Da Fish Shack at Anahola.

                            Aloha,
                            Kaleo

                            1. re: kaleokahu

                              No, haha, haven't had opah there, but better prepared ahi, mahi, and hawaian kajiki/marlin aren't hard to come by than the preparations I've had so far (other than the poke I had at Koloa Fish Market, which was quite interesting and tasty). I don't think I'll be making it to the north side of the island due to time constraints, so those other fish markets aren't an option, but, like I said, the Koloa Fish Market was the highlight of my dining here so far. I sampled a number of very tasty things there.

                              What does "E kala mai i'au, pupule 'oe." mean?

                              Also, I don't mean to sound critical of the island - mostly just of the Hyatt restaurants and the other restaurants around Poipu that I've tried. I've used what little spare time I've had to do some hiking, and the geography of this place is breathtaking, as is the ocean here.

                              1. re: emtilt

                                Hi, emtilt:

                                It means "Excuse me, but you're crazy (if you say you get better opah in Colorado)."

                                Po'ipu and Princeville have always--in modern times--been dissonantly artificial. I consider the saltwater pool at the Grand Hyatt (with special imported sand), just yards from a fantastic beach, to be the epitome of this. However, the Grand Hyatt, more than most hotels, has always taken pains to at least appear to be an extension of the 'aina in most things, the architecture being just one.

                                Enjoy your stay. As beautiful as Kaua'i is, its poe (people) are the real gift.

                                Aloha,
                                Kaleo

                                1. re: kaleokahu

                                  Aloha Kaleo..
                                  You wrote:
                                  'I consider the saltwater pool at the Grand Hyatt (with special imported sand), just yards from a fantastic beach, to be the epitome of this'

                                  As an avid ocean swimmer, Shipwreck beach though gorgeous is extremely dangerous and I would not advise swimming..mostly red flag warnings.
                                  The fab salt water lagoon is a wonderful addition and one of the best.

                                  Aloha

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    Aloha, Beach Chick:

                                    I don't consider Keoniloa (Shipwreck) to be extremely dangerous. It's an onshore break mostly, so conditions do rule. IME, the Hyatt keeps the red flags out 24/7/365 as a matter of risk management (and to scare the guests into staying closer to the poolside concessions). But keiki and the wary can walk a really nice walk (monk seals, usually) to Po'ipu Beach Park and its tambolo. Or the other way, to Māhāʻulepū (Gillins, Kawailoa Bay, and Hāʻula) beaches, where the canoes of the foolish invaders were destroyed. There are other treasures there, too...

                                    Aloha.
                                    Kaleo

                                    1. re: kaleokahu

                                      I never really thought of the Grand Hyatt in Po'ipu as artificial or corporate, perhaps that's what it is. To me it was too much disneyland, chaos, I know its a family vacation destination, where to some its the Grandest hotel of all. For me the best things about it were the golf course, shipwreck beach and running into Laird Hamilton in the spa locker room.
                                      The food like so many places around there is overly created, sauced etc. When you have perfectly fresh fish that's all you need and I know for the most part if you ask for it just that way you can get it like that without all the fuss macadamia,wasabi,guava,blah blah blah crusted with a topping of and on and on.
                                      The Hyatt does make some $Money on overpriced, overly sweet cocktails. Do like hitting places for a drink or happy hour, Beach House and a few. Prices clearly outweigh the overall quality of the food in the majority of restaurants. i haven't tried Red Salt, but even a place like Roys is just so overdone with ingredients that the main dishes can often get lost. When people say the food is great, guess it depens upon what your comparing it to or where your coming from. That chocolate lava cake was pretty good last time, I will say.
                                      Never had a cleanliness issue at the Hyatt, if I see an occasional cockAroach I consider it part of the charm or I left some sugar out.
                                      Going back to Kauii for a couple weeks in August, looking forward to reevaluating and trying new places, staying mainly up north but will spend a few days in Po'pipu

                                      1. re: mick

                                        Hi, mick:

                                        Don't get me wrong, I actually *like* the Grand Hyatt. In fact, Wahine insists on spending one night there every time we get back. On one such stay, there was a wild profusion of poloka (toads)--like hundreds, hopping in all the hallways. Yes, you will occasionally find celebs there, even "locals" like the Travoltas.

                                        Where you staying in August?

                                        Aloha,
                                        Kaleo

                                        1. re: kaleokahu

                                          Kaleokahu: I didn't really dislike the Hyatt, its just that its huge. Again enjoyed the golf course(i golf or at least I think I do) shipwreck beach was great, tough surf but it was doable when I was there. Even Tidepool setting was nice as well as some inside bars, just not teriffic food or drink. And again for me not just the Hyatt but many restaurants are just too fussy with there food preperations.
                                          This time will be at the Sheraton in Po'ipu and St. Regis in Princeville. Staying at both just because of Starwood points. Haven't been to the Sheraton in years but dont expect anything from there food, I'm sure will eat elsewhere. Hamura Saimin sounds great for casual. How's Red Salt? At the St Regis, will vast majority of the time eat elsewhere. Have eaten there before and its way too pricey for the service and the food IMO doesn't hold up for those prices. The north shore offers a few better dining options, I think then Po'ipu.
                                          Oh and I do like disneyland, a lot but there's a time and a place and when you hit certain parts of the Grand Hyatt you feel like you've arrived there unexpectedly.

                                          1. re: kaleokahu

                                            Unlike me, you can obviously tell the poloka from the "celebrities." [Grin]

                                            Never stayed there, but did dine at several locations on the property.

                                            The grounds were lovely, and we enjoyed our strolls around the grounds, going from restaurant to restaurant.

                                            We kind of like a bit smaller, and more intimate, such as the Halekulani on O`ahu, but have also enjoyed a few of our 20 stays at the Hawai`ian Village, the epicenter of "corporate." It just depends.

                                            For plain Hawai`ian enjoyment, we loved a great B&B in Kane`ole, and The Inn at Mama's Fish House, for which we gave up three free nights at a 3800 sq. ft. condo at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, which was great. I'd do that again, and in a heart beat, 'cause it was so good, and having Mama's Fish House, just 20' from my cottage is NOT to be dismissed. Even when the landscaping lights turned off, I could find my way to my bed, though one night, I think that I ended up in the hammock in front yard? Wife woke me up, just before dawn.

                                            Hunt

                                        2. re: kaleokahu

                                          LOL...you native Hawaiians have protection from Kanaloa..
                                          ;- )

                                          1. re: Beach Chick

                                            LOL, in all things, ask: WWLD (What would Lono do)? Our aumakua pitch in, too.

                                            1. re: kaleokahu

                                              Now, this haole would probably have stated it, "WWMD?" but that goes back to IZ and "Hawai`ian Supa' Man." "What would Maui do?"

                                              To us, it is all about the experience and the food. Little else matters - oh, there IS the golf, but not always.

                                              Hunt

                                      2. re: kaleokahu

                                        Opah? No. Opakapaka? No. Uni? No.

                                        But, the ultimate sushi is at Kenny Sonoda's in either of his two Denver/Aurora restaurants.

                                        Had a great fish monger in Aurora, and he DID get some good Hawai`ian fish, but none better, than we could get on the Islands. Exactly how Sonoda did his "magic," I cannot say, but he found a way. I know that "the best sushi, in Denver, CO" sounds horribly out of tune, but once you do it, you would understand.

                                        Now, for the Hyatt on Kaua`i, we had mixed reports, and it was not even close. Wife would get crap, and I would have a wonderfully memorable dish. It was just not fair.However, that was just the way that it was, and why I named my post from that trip "A Tale of Two Entrees." The good vs the bad, and at most restaurants.

                                        Hunt

                                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                                          You're conflating availability of fish species with my comment on preparation. While its rare to see Opah there (though I have had it once in Boulder), things like Mahi, Ahi, Marlin, etc, show up on menus all the time, and they have been butchered at several restaurants here. It doesn't matter if you have a good cut of fish if you don't know how to use it. Brenneke's, for example, gave me what must have been a lovely cut of Opah, but the dish was so out of balance that it might as well have been any fish at all. The general trend I have seen has been to hide the fish, rather than to enhance it.

                                          1. re: emtilt

                                            Oh, I do not think that I am confusing anything.

                                            I have had certain fishes around the world, and grade them on their prep, plus the freshness of the fish. I do not care if it's in Broomfield, or Sydney. It is about the dish on my plate.

                                            As for Brennecke's (note correct spelling), we ate there just after Inike, and were not impressed. Was that because of the hurricane, or was it a problem in the kitchen? I will never know, as we have not dined there again, and likely never will. There are other places, where we'd rather dine on Kaua`i.

                                            Hunt

                                          2. re: Bill Hunt

                                            Hi, Hunt:

                                            LOL, somehow we've gotten the Hyatt at Keoniloa (which should have been made its name) mixed with sushi and the comparative quality of fresh Hawai'ian fish between there and--of all places--Denver. I had astounding Antarctic shrimp at Sasebune, too, but I'm not betting on it being fresher in Honolulu than at the source.

                                            For the record, I would not recommend sushi at the Hyatt. But as resorts go, I consider it to be a nice one.

                                            Aloha,
                                            Kaleo

                                            1. re: kaleokahu

                                              Maybe we went to the wrong venue, but were very disappointed by the sushi at the Hyatt in Poi`pu.

                                              Actually, our sushi favorites have been the named restaurant in Denver/Aurora, then San Francisco, then La Jolla, and finally Hawai`i.

                                              Now, that does not mean that we would pass on Hawai`i, or the food - only that for sushi, we have had better on the Mainland. No shame to that.

                                              Hunt

                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                Hunt

                                                A few places in Japan do some pretty decent sushi.

                                                1. re: mick

                                                  Sorry, but unless one has a bunch of free UAL tickets, I cannot see how that applies to Hawai`i, and especially Kaua`i, but maybe I am missing something?

                                                  The mentions of food in other places were done by another poster. I just filled in some blanks, that they left.

                                                  Hunt

                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                    Bill, no problem jus filling in more blanks as far as good sushi goes, perhaps reached too far.

                                                    1. re: mick

                                                      In all of our trips to Kaua`i, I cannot recall outstanding sushi, though we had some fabulous meals (no sushi, IIRC), back when Chef Jean-Marie Josselin had A Pacific Cafe. Have not tried his tapas restaurant, so cannot comment.

                                                      Aloha,

                                                      Hunt

                                                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                        Hi. Hunt:

                                                        You should try Josselin's. It is a fitting space for Jean-Marie. The old A Pacific Cafe stripmall space in Waipouli was just barely passable. If/when you go to to the *new* stripmall space, you will be pleased to see that the kitchen was was built out so that Jean-Marie may surveil everything that happens outside it.

                                                        And if you don't like it, Merriman's (which I recall you like) is within crawling distance across the faux Cape Cod stripmall. If you pass Bubba's, turn around.

                                                        Aloha,
                                                        Kaleo

                                                        1. re: kaleokahu

                                                          Mahalo. When I hit "Bubba's," I usually DO turn around.

                                                          Now, we were big fans of the old A Pacific Cafe. We were there, just post-iniki, and had to work to score the reservations. When we arrived, our 14 year old hostess took one look at my face. Everyone in the main dining room had at least two cell phones going, the open kitchen was clanging away, and everyone was yelling. She asked, "Can I show you to our 'quiet room,' as I do not think that you would be comfortable out here?" She was correct, and so very perceptive for her youth. Once seated, she went on to explain the layout, and Chef's ideas, including the "quiet room." We greatly appreciated that.

                                                          On our next few trips, we requested the "quiet room," and were always glad that we did.

                                                          It has just been too long, since we were last there. Gotta' get back, and to Kapa`a.

                                                          Mahalo,

                                                          Hunt