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HAWAII Magazine picks: 5 new restaurants on Kauai

Kauai Grill black pepper octopus on leeks. Photo: St. Regis Princeville Resort.

Kauai Grill

St. Regis Princeville Resort, 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville
(808) 826-9644,

Colin Hazama, the chef at the Kauai Grill, has snagged himself a James Beard nomination for Rising Chef—and no wonder. He’s doing wonders at this new restaurant, established by New York chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the newly renovated St. Regis Princeville.

We couldn’t get enough of the appetizers: Crispy poached eggs topped with crème fraîche and caviar. Foie gras and grilled mango, two tastes that belong together. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, sample the dramatic grilled black-pepper octopus.

Entrées include a Wagyu sirloin with gingered Kauai mushrooms and, our favorite, sweet white-fleshed moi (the fish of Hawaiian royalty) with warm, toasty nut-and-seed crust. Save room for the caramelized banana cake or, even better, the white chocolate and yuzu Pavlova, with Thai basil syrup.

This is a high-end hotel restaurant, but—as high-end hotel restaurants go—not punitively expensive, with appetizers about $15 and entrées about $30.

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