Hukilau Lanai

Kaua'i, Hawaii

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The restaurant is in a nice location with a patio overlooking the garden. Service was friendly and the waiter answered all the questions my wife and I had about ingredients in the food. The restaurant emphasizes fresh and locally grown foods, mostly meat and seafood, but they also have a separate vegetarian (though not vegan) tasting menu. The waiter worked with the chef to slightly customize the courses according to our preferences, and we were very pleased with the outcome.

The 5 mini-courses were a gourmet treat, comparable with much more expensive vegetarian tasting menus we've had at highly rated San Francisco restaurants. The courses were: Okinawan sweet potato ravioli with feta cheese and cream sauce (we scraped off as much of the high-fat sauce as we could to get at the ravioli with its delectable purple filling); arugula with beets, cherry tomato and corn off the cob; Swiss chard, mushroom, and tomato tart in a shortbread crust with balsamic reduction; mixed vegetables and mushroom ragu with polenta; stir-fried mixed vegetables with zucchini, mushrooms, and carrots. Desserts were: molten chocolate cake with whipped cream; vanilla bean icecream. The entire meal cost us $102, including taxes and tip. Quite a bargain!

The menu varies seasonally, so it would be best to contact the restaurant ahead of time to find out what vegetarian items they currently offer. We are definitely going back there on our next Kaua'i trip.

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