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Many people come to our beautiful island to celebrate something special; an anniversary, birthday or milestone and, on the night of the celebration a fine meal is usually in order. Kauai Grill, nestled in the elegant St. Regis Princeville Resort, is the place to go when you want to celebrate in upscale style.
The first thing you notice is the floor to ceiling windows that provide a dazzling view of the Namolokama Mountain Range and Bali Hai. Tucked against the cliffs, Hanalei Bay opens to an endless view of the Pacific Ocean. Wide-planked Koa wood floors reach for caramel colored walls and cozy wood-paneled booths reflect the curvature of the cream colored celling. Upbeat and jazzy music weave a vibrant energy into the retro-modern dining room.
Internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, winner of three Michelin stars and owner of twenty-one restaurants world wide, has developed the exclusive menu for Kauai Grill.
My husband, Dan, and I really like the signature Ginger Margarita ($14) a heady concoction with fresh lemongrass and aromatic yellow ginger. The Heart of Palm Salad ($15) creates the perfect bite of texture and flavor by combining local heart of palm, creamy avocado, sweet cherry tomatoes, fresh coconut slivers and peppery olive oil.
Grilled Black Pepper Octopus ($19) is one of my favorites. Braised in a flavorful broth until fork tender the local octopus is coated in a savory black pepper jam and lightly grilled.
The Moi ($40), also known as Pacific Threadfin, is exclusive to Hawaiian waters and was reserved for royalty in ancient Hawaii. The tender white fish is coated in a nut and seed crust; a lush, buttery jus surrounds it. Dan enjoys the Wagyu Sirloin ($56). Wagyu, also known as Kobe, is a breed of cattle known for its high percentage of unsaturated fat. Prolific in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, it’s highly prized for its rich flavor. Laughing, Dan says “It’s succulent, with pockets of meat juice!”
Dining at the Kauai Grill is a luxurious experience perfect for that special meal duriing your Hawaiian Vacation. As Chef de Cuisine Colin Hazama says, “Here at St. Regis and Kauai Grill, it’s about the experience.”
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