Friday, November 30, 2007

Back from Vacation and Back to the Kitchen

Hubby and I spent a relaxing time in Kona, HI celebrating our fifth anniversary. While we were there, we spent our fair share of time eating and drinking. One of our most special meals was at Pahu i`a, the fine dining restaurant at the Four Seasons Hualalai. When I made the reservations for dinner, the receptionist asked whether we were celebrating anything special, so I informed her that we were celebrating our anniversary. She said she'd try to get us a table on the terrace, where we could experience the sunset.

Sure enough, when we arrived, we were seated on the terrace and experienced this beautiful sunset:

For starters, I ordered the chef's special lobster corn fritters, which were really disappointing. The fritters were huge and about 90% bread. I would have enjoyed smaller fritters with more lobster and corn. Hubby's appetizer of Keohole lobster summer rolls was quite tasty, if a bit messy to eat.

For dinner, Hubby had a beautifully cooked dish of onaga (pink snapper) in a gingery seafood broth. I had the crab encrusted seabass, which was absolutely delicious.

For dessert, we had the vanilla souffle, which was scrumptious, light, and heavily flecked with vanilla seeds. The plate bore a special message for us.

(Apologies for the dark, grainy pics. We didn't bring the camera to dinner, so I brought in my iPhone (ringer off, of course). It's handy, but does not do well in low light candlelit dinner situations.)

Service was slow, but overall the food was good and the sunset experience was romantic. There was a lot of wind to contend with that night, so I'd recommend being prepared with a jacket or shawl if you'll be dining on the terrace.

Pahu i`a at Four Seasons Hualalai
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740
(808) 325-8000

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