What We Love Now
Wine Tasting with an Ocean View
If you’re oenophile, there’s a place on the Big Island just for you. Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the only restaurant on the island with an Enomatic wine system that allows guests to sample over 48 different wines by the glass in one, two, or five ounce pours. Try different varietals and high-end wines from diverse vintners and growing regions. At Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, you can taste a selection before committing to a full glass, or enjoy just a little of everything. Created in the Tuscan hills of Italy, the Enomatic system allows bottles of wine to be opened and protected from oxidation by using inert gas to displace air and keep wine exceptionally fresh. Even after a few weeks, wine tastes as if the bottle was just opened. Customers can purchase an Enomatic Card (bought in increments of $25, $50, $75 and so on), which allows for sampling wine ranging from $2 an ounce to $12 or more, depending on the selection. Dinner guests can also order wines from the Enomatic to be delivered right to their table. It’s truly an innovative and fun way to discover new favorites.
Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar is located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and open for dinner from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday. For reservations, call (808) 882-5810.
Good to the Last Bite
Executive Chef Sandy Tuason of the legendary CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an outright artist in the kitchen. Known for his farm-to-table masterpieces, Chef Tuason doesn’t disappoint with his latest market fresh offering of Soft Poached Egg with House Cured Lamb Bacon, Asparagus, Ahualoa Goat Cheese and Warm Truffle Vinaigrette. The egg is slowly cooked to perfection in a 144-degree water bath for 75 minutes. The lamb bacon is made in-house utilizing lamb belly that is cured for one week with a fantastic blend of herbs and spices then smoked with local kiawe (mesquite) wood. With warm, bold and rich flavors that are harmoniously balanced with the freshness of the asparagus and tartness of the island’s goat cheese, this is one dish that will compete with their magnificent ocean view.
Located at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, CanoeHouse is open for dinner Tuesday–Saturday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Call (808) 885-6622 for reservations.
Sunset on the Rocks
A trip to Hawaii just isn’t complete without an oceanfront dining experience right on the beach, or in this case, on the rocks. Located in the heart of Kailua-Kona on Alii Drive, the initial allure will draw you in—an open-air grass hut motif, a waterfront view, and drifting aromas of tantalizing cuisine. Once you step into Huggo’s on the Rocks, you’ll know you’re here to stay. A consistent favorite for locals and visitors to chillax, Huggo’s is the perfect “kick back” spot to enjoy delicious food and tropical libations while being immersed in the complete ambiance of the Pacific Ocean. You can relax and enjoy pupu (appetizers), lunch or dinner off a local style menu while digging your feet in the sand looking for dolphins and humpback whales between sips of your Mai Tai. Huggo’s is a spectacular spot to celebrate the glorious Hawaiian sunsets. And as the evening fades into night, it’s a great place for socializing, enjoying the company of friends, or just each other. Dance under the stars with live music by local musicians or watch beautiful hula dancers as they grace the restaurants newly renovated stage, where entertainment is offered nightly in this intimate setting. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is fun and Huggo’s on the Rocks is a must-try destination for a memorable oceanfront dining experience.
Huggo’s on the Rocks is located in Kailua-Kona next to Huggo’s Restaurant. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30am to 10pm. Call (808) 329-1493 for more information.