Hawaiians have been enjoying Roy Yamaguchi's innovative recipes for more than a decade. This restaurant located at the Kings' Shops is one of a half-dozen in the state. It serves artistic, flavorful, complex Pacific Rim cuisine, featuring the best local ingredients and eclectic preparations. Signature dishes include "Town & Country" Island Style Poke and Steamed Hawaiian Onaga. The wine list features varieties from around the world, plus a few from Roy's own label.
Chef Peter Merriman, the former culinary star of Mauna Lani Resort, has received critical and public acclaim for his Upcountry venture. Serving the best and freshest Big Island products with contemporary flair, this restaurant is on a par with the finest resort gourmet rooms. Mr. Merriman personally supervises the purchase of ingredients from local farms and makes sure to give credit where credit is due. Fresh seafood, creative salads and decadent desserts are always present on the ever-changing menu.
Cafe Pesto opened in 1988; a time when the island's culinary scenario was pretty much at a nascent stage, and today after the dining scene has evolved by leaps and bounds, it still remains one of the best places to relish Hawaiian food. Standing within the Kawaihae Shopping Center, this is the first of the two stellar locations on the island and offers and excellent menu of fresh seafood and a mouthwatering selection of island inspired pizzas, pastas and more. Chef Moses utilizes the best of the island's locally sourced produce to come up with a fantastic range of time-tested classics as well as contemporary takes. The restaurant interiors sport a light tropical theme with great use of natural elements and Hawaiian-inspired artwork on the walls. The chequered black and white floor on the main dining rooms goes well with the mellow palate on the walls. There's a good play of natural light and an airy feel throughout the establishment. Stop by for a refreshing experience.
Pick of the dining options within The Fairmont Orchid, Brown's is a beach-side retreat that sports a perfect setting for unforgettable meals. You can practically feel the sea when you dine in the restaurant's splendid outdoor setting amidst palm trees accentuated by tropical decor. The sweeping ocean views are to die for and sunsets are as romantic as they come. But it's not just the location that has made Brown's, a destination of such caliber. The restaurant has a firm local food philosophy with pretty much all the ingredients being sourced from top local farms. It's the same with seafood. The menu also assumes a local vein with Big Island cooking traditions at the forefront and a healthy choice in Pacific Rim specialties. Seafood is an absolute delight and should not be missed. For a more intimate experience, the restaurant offers the option of private dining in a setting that can only be termed as memorable. Call ahead or check website for reservations and more.
Located at the swanky Fairmont Orchid along the spectacular Kohala Coast, this restaurant is the namesake of chef Norio Yamamoto. It is tucked away near the picturesque garden within the plush hotel and offers a peaceful setting to enjoy your food. The 14 seat sushi bar is an intimate avenue for enjoying some of the finest sushi on the island. The menu comprises some of the choicest cuts of aged meats. Almost all the kitchen ingredients are locally sourced from the island and are organic wherever possible. Apart from steaks, the menu throws up some excellent seafood creations that are worth trying. Chef Ogasawara's tasting menu offers great diversity and is worth a try if you don't have anything particular in mind.
The cuisine of chef Nobu Atsumi blends classic Japanese style with modern health-conscious techniques. His menu includes Shabu Shabu, Teppanyaki and other traditional Japanese cooking styles. Of course, there is a sushi bar that serves top-class nigiri and maki recipes, as well as more innovative rolls. Signature items include the Kilauea Tuna Roll and the Green Sand Beach Roll. The decor of the restaurant is sophisticated, Eastern-influenced and minimalist. Guests are expected to dress appropriately.