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Oahu & Kaua'i Dining Recommendations [Long]

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Oahu & Kaua'i Dining Recommendations [Long]

Bill Hunt | Apr 11, 2006 05:16 PM

We will be in Hawai'i for much of September '06. I've already made dining reservations for our time on Kaua'i with one exception [later], and then most of the time on the North Shore of Oahu. I'm looking for recommendations for fine-dining restaurants, especially with great wine lists, or well-thought out “sommelier’s” pairings. Right now, we are already doing La Mer (a favorite of ours), Bali by the Sea (have had good, and not so good experiences here), 3660 On the Rise (always good), Alan Wong's King St (always great and should be re-opened by then), and would like to add two more. In years past, we've done the Hau Tree Lanai, Aaron's On Top of the Ala Moana, John Domminis', Michel's at the Colony Surf, AW’s Pineapple Room, Indigo, Roy’s Hawai’i Kai, Sam Choy's and Nick's Fishouse. Of these, I rate Aaron's #1, Domminis' & Indigo tied for #2, with Michel's and Nick's at the bottom of the list. While I can throw two of these into the mix, I'd rather try someplace new. I’ve received a lot of recommendations for Chef Mavro’s on King St (dined at La Mer, when he was exec. chef and loved it long ago), though there have been some spotty reviews on ChowHound. We’re also going to try House Without a Key, and Orchid’s (Haleukulani)for a Sunday Brunch.

Are there any new spots, that I should look into?

Also, I've heard some good recommendations for Ola [SP?] at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. Any reports, as we have one night without dining reservations there? We’ll be there for five days, and last visit, just after it was sold by Hilton, didn’t didn't enjoy the dining scene there. Matter of fact, it was even less enticing, than when this was a Hilton property, if that is possible. I think that all dining on that property is new, since my last visit.

While I'm not looking to spend ALL of the money that I can, I don't hesitate to dine anyplace so long as there is value. We are also not looking for a specific genre of restaurant, i.e. French, fusion, etc. and are very open.

Also, from posts to this forum, it appears that A Pacific Café, Kapaa, Kaua’i has closed (maybe as long as two years ago). Is there any late, breaking news on Jean-Marie Josselin's re-opening? I’ve got until Sept ‘06, but had my heart set on gong back.

Mahalo for your thoughts,
Hunt

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