Hawaii's Most Expensive Dishes

It's How Much!?: Put your money where your mouth is, with some of Hawaii’s most expensive dishes.


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Claw your way to the top of the food chain with the spiny lobster.

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$116 and up

Hand-caught Hawaiian spiny lobster - Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Restaurant

The hand-caught Hawaiian spiny lobster ($58 per pound, two-pound minimum) is an interactive affair at this Grand Wailea Resort restaurant. After you order the dish, the server will take you down to the restaurant’s saltwater lagoon, where the
lobsters are grown. After you pick one, you decide how you want it cooked. Grilled or steamed? Seasoned with butter? Deshelled? Any requested condiments go on the side, lest they distract from the meaty, already-buttery flavor. The biggest one ever served was a massive five-pounder, for $290. wailearesortdining.com, 888-6100.


Capische? Oh, we get it, all right—ribeye steak!

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Gold label bone-in ribeye steak - Capische

Available only a couple times a month, the gold label bone-in ribeye steak ($200) is American wagyu shipped from Snake River Farm in Idaho. Chef Christopher Kulis, like many chefs, prefer Snake River meat because “it’s not as fatty as Kobe beef and still has lots of marbleization.”

The wagyu is cooked sous-vide for four hours in a vacuum-sealed bag with extra virgin olive oil and rosemary, and then pan-seared at high heat. According to Kulis, most people can’t finish the dry-aged, 48-ounce steak, so plan to share. Served with light and crispy Tuscan potatoes, sweet aged balsamic vinegar and garden arugula salad, the rich meat has a “nice, caramelized finish all around the outside.” capische.com, 879-2224.


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