Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu
Since 2002, Hukilau Lanai has been working continuously with Kauai and the neighboring islands to use local ingredients and products. Their handcrafted cuisine is made fresh from scratch in their kitchen located along Kauai’s Coconut Coast. With their ocean-view open-air dining and menu offering a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, this is one restaurant you will not want to miss on Kauai.
The Hukilau Lanai offers a Food & Wine Tasting Menu featuring local products available daily from 5-5:45pm. You may get food only for $28 or food and wine for $40. On the mainland this meal would be an exceptional value. On Kauai, it was a steal.
The Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu is one of the best ways to taste a variety of entrees while at Hukilau Lanai. Each plate is beautifully presented with quite generous portions. The evening we went the menu for the night featured Island Gazpacho, Candied Ahi, Sausage and Warabi, Fresh Catch of Mahi Mahi, and Big Island Vanilla Crème Bruelle. Instead of only being able to order one big entree, we got a full taste of Hawaii through the Tasting Menu.
Cocktails and Wine
Drew decided to have the full food and wine pairing while I opted to try one of their aromatic coktails. My selection, Island Orchid, mixed of vodka infused with Hawaiian Grown Vanilla Bean and finished with a splash of Macadamia Nut Liqueur was delicate and refreshing. Adorned with an orchid, it paired nicely with our plates of food throughout the night.
For a little extra before we got started on the Tasting Menu, we also shared a plate of Hukilau Lanai’s famous Poke Nachos. This dish quickly became a favorite; a dish we could see ordering every time we visit. Ahi poke, Kamuela tomato, avocado, tobiko, and inamona drizzled with wasabi cream and served on crisp wonton chips. Simply spectacular.
Island Gazpacho with Koloa Rum Pineapple Basil Sorbet. An unexpected combination that pairs beautifully.
Candied Ahi in a coconut chipotle sauce. Our favorite dish from the Tasting Menu.
Sausage and Warabi
Char-grilled housemade longanisa sausage and Warabi fern and tomato salad. The ferns were a welcome addition to the bold flavored sausage.
Fresh catch of the Day
Fresh catch of Mahi Mahi on a bed of summer quinoa and topped with kale salad. The kale was perfectly prepared.
Dessert provided you with a choice of either the Artisan Cheese Duo or Big Island Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee of local vanilla bean custard and caramelized sugar. We selected the crème brulee, but unfortunately do not have a picture to share. We can tell you it was light and creamy with just the right amount of sweet and vanilla.
We both completely enjoyed everything we had on Hukilau Lanai’s Tasting Menu. This is a meal you won’t want to miss while on Kauai. We know we will be back to visit Hukilau Lanai, again next time we are on the island.
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All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.