You’ve heard of the enormous variety that’s represented by today Hawaiian cuisine. What with the Asian Fusion, Hawaiian Regional, European, Mediterranean, Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese there seems to be no limit.
With all the wonderful restaurants to choose from, only one has earned the Triple-A’s Five Diamond award for 2009: Chef Mavro in Honolulu. The award honors the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation.
Owner and chef George Mavrothalassitis was born in Marseilles, surrounded by the passionate calls of fishmongers and the farm-fresh flavors of southern France. His award-winning French-Hawaii cuisine is also rooted in training with numerous masters of contemporary French cuisine and his experience as owner of two superb restaurants in Marseilles in the seaside village of Cassis. A founder of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Chef Mavro also has been recognized with the James Beard award. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and it’s considered the top culinary honor in the U.S.
Current influences are from his life in Hawaii and he loves to tell the story of his first morning in Honolulu. “At sunrise I looked out over Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head and I said to myself – That’s it! I’m home!” Ever since that day 1988, Chef Mavro has embraced the multi-ethnic people and foods of Hawaii and become close friends with dozens of boutique farmers and specialty fisherman. On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Chef Mavro restaurant in December 2003, he gathered his longtime purveyors around a Chef’s Table to honor them as the foundation of his success.
Needless to say, make your reservations well in advance. Your Hawaii-Aloha agent can help you do that.