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HAWAII Magazine picks: 5 new restaurants on Kauai



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Bar Acuda apple, goat cheese and Kauai honeycomb. Photo by Kicka Witte.

Bar Acuda
5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei
(808) 826-7081,
www.restaurantbaracuda.com

Although the name sounds like a beer and burger joint, Bar Acuda is a sophisticated tapas restaurant, offering small plates with intense flavors. It’s a perfect spot to order a glass of prosecco and graze to your heart’s content.

The grazing’s good. Roasted tomato and leek bruschetta. Grilled pancetta-wrapped sea scallop with roasted garlic and creamy lentils. Grilled shrimp salad with frisée. A small double lamb chop in a pool of powerful romesco sauce, a traditional Spanish sauce with roasted red pepper and almonds.

Our favorite dish was the simplest: Thin-sliced green apple. A slice of California’s famous goat cheese, Humboldt Fog, and a chunk of North Shore Kauai honeycomb. If you’re still hungry by dessert time, we’d suggest the thick, rich chocolate pot au crème.

Located in the Old Hanalei School building turned shopping complex, Bar Acuda has some nice lānai dining, which we prefer because it’s cooler outdoors than in the small restaurant with its open kitchen.


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