OK, after some rec's on dining in Hawai`i in Sept, Im about to start the reservations process for a 2.5 week trip and have a tentative list of the restaurants that Im thinking about. Many of the places in Honolulu/Waikiki Ive dined at, and have decided on adding Chef Mavros & Mariposa to that mix. Id like some reflections, comments, notes and recommendations on the others. Ive not dined at most on the North Shore of Oahu, and none of these on Kaua`i. Ill do this in chronological order:
Roys Poipu Grill, or Pomodoro Restaurante, Kalaheo (done a lot of Roys but not this one)
Plantation Restaurant @ Kiahuna (new to me)
Donderos @ Grand Hatt (new to me)
Shells @ Sheraton Kaua`i (new to me)
Tidepools @ Grand Hyatt (new to me)
North Shore Oahu:
Palm Terrace @ TBR [Turtle Bay Resort] (new to me)
Jamesons By The Sea, Haleiwa (have dined here on many occasions)
21◦ North @ TBR (new to me)
Ola @ TBR (new to me)
House Without a Key @ Halekulani (new to me)
Bali by the Sea @ Hawaiian Village (done several times)
La Mer @ Halekulani (done every time)
Mariposa @ Neiman Marcus (new to me)
Alan Wongs King Street (done every time)
Chef Mavros (new to me)
Also, we will be overnighting in Burlingame, CA @ The Doubletree, arriving fairly late both coming and going. Is there any good restaurant near SFX in Burlingame, that serves late? I'll also post this question to the California forum.
Im obviously looking for fine-dining and wine lists are very important. In my dining, every aspect: food, service, wine, and ambiance are very important. Price is totally secondary.
Thanks for the comments and critiques.