DESTINATION OF THE MONTH
WEEK 2 OF 4
A beautiful tapestry of flavours and tradition make up the incredible cultural blend that is Hawaiian cuisine. From the bountiful fresh fruits and veggies to the abundant cattle farms and Pacific Ocean waters brimming with sashimi-grade fish, the lucky locals and visitors to Hawai‘i have some of the highest quality food in the world to enjoy.
Here’s where to indulge in the finest dining experiences across the Hawaiian Islands.
Mugen at Espacio
Mugen (pronounced Moog-en) is a French-Japanese dining concept that is elevating Hawaii’s status as a destination for culinary travel. Mugen, which means infinity in Japanese, provides countless opportunities for an unmatched culinary experience, including a celebrated beverage program. In addition to the carefully curated fine dining menu, you’ll find a rare collection of wines, spirits and beers, many exclusive to the restaurant.
Chef Chris Kajioka debuts a new restaurant in partnership with San Francisco-based chef Mourad Lahlou, called Miro Kaimuki.
The restaurant is located in the space which formerly housed Honolulu’s venerable Café Miro for 23 years. Chef Trevor Webb, formerly of popular Los Angeles restaurant Kismet, will be the Chef de Cuisine. Similar to its predecessor, Miro Kaimuki features a French-inspired menu punctuated with Japanese flavours and techniques. TA Honolulu native, Chris received his formal training from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where he earned his degree in culinary arts.
Senia invites everyone entering their doors to gather around a table and share a meal in friendship. The name is a play on the word “xenia”, the ancient Greek ideology of hospitality where strangers and friends alike were treated with the same regard. The regional American cuisine celebrates Hawaii’s abundance of beautiful ingredients and showcases the gastronomic possibilities that result when diverse cultures and multi-discipline culinary training intersect. The kitchen team is led by Senia’s founding Chef/Owner, Anthony Rush.
Award-winning Highway Inn offers authentic Hawaiian food and contemporary dishes. It is a perfect choice for visitors looking to enjoy real Hawaiian food, where the locals also eat. A favourite is the Tasting Plate because it offers a taste of almost everything, including lau lau, poi, squid lū‘au, kālua pig, lomi salmon, chicken long rice and sweet potato.
A modern Japanese beach house inspired the design concept for Morimoto Maui. With uninterrupted 180-degree beach and ocean vistas are offered from nearly every seat in the restaurant and bar, further connecting guests to their environment through an intimate, relaxing experience. Chef Masaharu Morimoto uses locally sourced ingredients in a distinct culinary style that blends Western and Japanese traditions.
Opened in 1990 as a little 55-seat bistro off Lahaina’s thoroughfare called Front Street, and almost 20 years later Lahaina Grill has garnered international-acclaim as a culinary Mecca—these days, it’s sometimes difficult to book one of the restaurant’s 130 seats! Lahaina Grill features cuisine using techniques and flavours from around the world with the freshest ingredients from Maui’s local farms, dairies and surrounding waters. Voted Top 10 fine dining restaurants in U.S. for 2018 by TripAdvisor and Best Maui Restaurant for 26 years in a row. (1994-2019).
Island of Hawai‘i
Ulu Ocean Grill at Four Seasons
Enjoy local seafood with flavours inspired by the Pacific rim, served steps away from the ocean surf and beneath a canopy of stars at our award-winning restaurant. The culinary philosophy is to begin with ingredients from the island and beyond – ensuring the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available. Working with over 160 local farms, approximately 75% of the food served is from the Island of Hawai’i, prepared oven roasted, flame grilled, and wok fired – fusing the flavours of Hawai‘i with Pan-Asian techniques.
Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid
Brown’s Beach House is a luxurious open-air restaurant offering sophisticated farm-to-table meals in a romantic setting. The Fairmont Orchid’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant is well known for incomparable Hawaii Regional Cuisine and a spectacular oceanfront setting. The innovative cuisine draws from simple pure flavours of locally grown produce and a diverse variety of fresh seafood. Live Hawaiian music is featured nightly.
Modern Hawaiian cuisine meets a traditional Hawai‘i setting at Tidepools. Open-air hale pili (thatched bungalows) set at the base of a waterfall seemingly float above a koi-filled lagoon creating distinctive dining. Inspired by the natural ingredients and rich traditions of the islands, the tantalising menu pays homage to classic fare of Hawai‘i while creating fresh new tastes. Here you will find the freshest of fish and steak dishes, unbeatable ambiance and exceptional service. Rated one of the best restaurants on Kaua‘i, Tidepools will dazzle you with dishes like Grilled Hawaiian Catch, Macadamia Crusted Mahi or succulent steaks. Salads feature fresh greens straight from the on-site hydroponic garden.
JO2 transforms nature’s bounty into exquisite dishes incorporating Kaua`i-grown heirloom vegetables and the freshest ingredients from the sea. With the culinary influences of Josselin’s native France, clean flavours of Japanese cooking, and ingredients inspired by Hawai`i’s multiethnic community, JO2’s succulent offerings are both creative and rooted in tradition.
“JO2 is a restaurant that I dreamed for a long time. A place where we can create modern dishes, with a clean feel, incorporating our heirloom vegetables grown here on Kauaʻi, using only the freshest ingredients from the ocean. It is a place that is creative and routed in tradition.” Jean-Marie Josselin
Do you love the Hawaiian Islands as much as we do? Then don’t miss Australia’s biggest annual Hawai‘i Roadshow, Aloha Down Under, which will run from 22 to 29 August 2022. Full details here.
Hawai’i Tourism Oceania is looking forward to welcome you to an evening of Hawaiian food, entertainment, and holiday giveaways!
Register your interest to participate here.