Banchan (Lahaina, Kauai or Hilo)
I'll be coming to Hawaii in October and I'm hoping to find a Korean restaurant that serves banchan in or near Lahaina or Hilo or somewhere on Kauai. I'm from San Francisco and traveling with someone from Connecticut. I have told him about banchan and he is eager to try it. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Mahalo.
I can't personally vouch for it yet, because I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to on an upcoming trip. Isana is a Korean BBQ place that also has sushi. It's in Kihei, south of Lahaina. I read some reviews of it on Trip Advisor and one person - a self-professed foodie who works in the industry - said the food and the banchan were good there. It's on our list for a trip in a couple of weeks. If we make it there, I'll take notes and report back! Chances are good, since we are actually staying in Kihei, and when I told my SO about the place, his eyes really lit up. He digs the cook-at-your-table style.
BTW, where in Connecticut? If anywhere near Danbury, there's a very good little (I mean, TINY) Korean place called Edo II that we love. No cook-at-your-table, but all the usual Korean staples, like Bulgogi, Bibimbap, etc. I quite enjoy the banchan there - and since my SO doesn't like it, I get it ALLLLLL! :-D
There are 2 Korean restaurants in Kauai- Kimchee #9 (not my fav) in Lihue and Korean BBQ in Wailua (the better of the 2). Neither of them really serve banchan- just kimchee and pickled veggies with dinner.