Kauai, Hawaii is not only a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, but a place that is rich in history. Sugar plantations once made Hawaii a magnet for explorers, importers and workers from all over the world. Many of the Asian immigrants brought recipes with them that have become part of the Hawaiian culture. The Plantation Gardens in Kauai gives you a chance to enjoy some of that food while sitting in a lovely garden or elegant dining room located on a former sugar plantation.
The menu features a fusion of Pacific Rim and Hawaiian cuisine. It has a fabulous wine and cocktail list and opens at 5:00 pm daily for dinner. The food is fresh and locally sourced when it is possible. Here are some of the menu’s many highlights.
Appetizers and Salads at Plantation Gardens Restaurants
The small plates at Plantation Gardens Restaurant are innovative and will whet your appetite just enough for the main course. Be sure to try the sweet potato rolls that contain garlic butter and Hawaii’s famous sweet red salt. The one of a kind furikake fries are made with nori and served with a wasabi aioli. There is a plantation sampler that will make everyone happy, as it includes poke, vegan summer roll, pork pot stickers, and chicken wings.
The salads are comprised of farm fresh vegetables and have some imaginative dressings. Be sure to try the Kale Caesar, which comes with macadamia nuts and basil croutons, and the Watermelon Salad, which comes with fried goat cheese and guava-calamansi vinaigrette.
Fish enthusiasts will love the seafood lau lau at Plantation Gardens in Kauai, which contains various shellfish and vegetables that have been wrapped in a ti leaf and steamed. They also serve steaks and burgers that are cooked with mushrooms and accompanied by potatoes. Vegetarians will love the spicy black pepper tofu that comes with snap peas is served on a bed of brown rice.
Don’t let the healthy entrees fool you; you will get some rich and creamy calorie filled deserts at Plantation Gardens Restaurant. The dark and sweet flourless chocolate cake comes with a fresh and delicious raspberry coulis. The Baked Hawaiian is like a Baked Alaska, but filled with peanut butter fudge and cookie dough ice cream and topped with candied macadamia nuts.
Where to Stay
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