Restaurant Guide: Four Perfect Days
We have assembled the ideal breakfast, lunch and dinner itineraries for Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. This is a gourmand’s fantasy trip—we set aside all earthly concerns, including logistics, calories and budget. Enjoy these, our recommendations for four flawless days’ worth of Island dining.
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The signature omelet at Market Fresh Bistro is extraordinary and full of Maui’s best produce. Three fluffy eggs are loaded with Kula basil pesto, Kula herb goat cheese, Makawao oyster mushrooms and Haiku tomatoes. It is served with wheat toast (try it with li hing mango jam from Jeff’s Jams and Jellies) and roasted potatoes, seasoned with herbs grown by the chef himself. It’s the epitome of yum. Want even more Maui? Opt to sub fresh free-range eggs laid by happy hens right up the road in Olinda. 3620 Baldwin Ave., Makawao (808) 572-4877.
Take-out joint Waikapu on 30 opened a few years ago and its lunch line has been snaking out the door ever since. The lau lau plate ($7.95) is the best deal on the island, served with a huge pork lau lau, quintessential two-scoop rice, mac salad, lomi salmon and purple Maui sweet potato. Grab a root beer float with Roselani ice cream and drive 30 seconds up the road to eat on the lawn of the Maui Tropical Plantation, which has gorgeous flora and a pond where you can watch a multitude of different types of ducks. Protect your lau lau from hungry bills by taking a few quarters for the duck-food dispenser with you. 1486 Honoapiilani Highway, Wailuku (808) 242-1130.
The feeling at award-winning restaurant Banyan Tree at the Ritz Carlton is almost one of hiring a private chef to serve you dinner on your lānai, but much, much better. The Snake River Kobe Beef Rib-eye is worth every penny ($65). Served with kabocha squash, mizuna salad and a sage and rosemary demiglace, the flavors meet so perfectly you’ll have the epiphany that food is totally an art form, and one that is mastered at the Ritz. The great view of Molokai and the deep, blue ocean right before sunset don’t hurt either. One Ritz Carlton Way, Kapalua (808) 669-6200.