The state of Hawaii is an island paradise, attracting millions of vacationers from around the world each year. With access to the ocean’s bounty, and a favorable growing season, the availability of fresh and local ingredients makes this state a restaurateur’s dream. We explore 10 of the best restaurants in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Serving Asian fusion cuisine, Chef Chai is elegant and always on-point. The restaurant’s owner and executive chef is well known throughout Hawaii, owning multiple restaurants and having won various awards. At Chef Chai, he marries the colorful flavors of the islands with traditional Asian techniques and flavors. The result is a marriage of styles that have customers and critics raving. From duck tacos to filet mignon, and from chicken satay to lemongrass oxtail soup, any diner is sure to be pleased with the quality at Chef Chai.
In many ways, The Pig and the Lady stands alone in an entirely different ballpark from other restaurants. The chefs have established a name for themselves by trying things that no one else has before. They fuse classic dishes with surprising ingredients to create dishes that are exciting and innovative. Pillowy gnocchi is served with octopus bolognese and crispy potato skins. Ricotta pancakes are served with strawberries and Thai basil. The avocado cake is served with corn gelato, strawberries, and pea shoots. These inventive dishes, and many more, are what make The Pig and the Lady a dining spot that shouldn’t be missed.
The Pig and the Lady, 83 North King Street, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-585-8255
Alan Wong has made a mark for himself over the past three decades by influencing the development of the stylistic cuisine that Hawaii is now recognized for. At Alan Wong’s Honolulu, guests are met with friendly staff that are passionate about sharing local flavors and ingredients. The restaurant creates an atmosphere that embraces both the fine-dining nature of the food, and the laid-back nature of the islands. Plating at Alan Wong’s is artful, and dishes are served looking nearly too good to eat. Don’t leave without trying ‘The Coconut’: a chocolate shell, filled with sorbet and topped with tropical fruits – looking just like a halved coconut.
There is nothing more welcoming and relaxing than a visit to Monkeypod Kitchen. This restaurant offers a family friendly atmosphere that is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy a great meal out. In addition to fresh seafood dishes, Monkeypod also offers American classics, and hand-tossed pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. The atmosphere and the food are both unassuming, and designed to give guests an experience that shows them how to sit back and relax the Hawaiian way. Monkeypod prides itself on the wide variety of beers available, offering nearly 40 craft selections.
Monkeypod Kitchen, 10 Wailea Ike Drive #201, Kihei, HI, USA, +1 808-891-2322