We enjoyed one of the chefs’ specialties – potato-crusted onaga fish filled with white-truffle mashed potatoes and a cabernet-thyme sauce. The sauce made a delicious gravy for the mashed potatoes. It was so good that we had the same meal each time we returned. It is served with a generous portion of onaga fish. The presentation of the dish was one of the best I've ever seen.
The only disappointment was, for the price (expensive), you would think the restaurant facility itself would be more upscale. You'll find retro, 80s-looking furnishings here - black laquer in a casual atmosphere.
A Pacific Cafe is located on the east side of the island (Kapaa town) in a strip-mall - within the Safeway shopping center. If you are staying in an eastside resort, this restaurant will be convenient for you. The high quality food is worth ignoring the somewhat cheap-looking decor and strip-mall location. It gets noisy in here once people have had a few drinks - go earlier to avoid a noisy crowd. Service is somewhat slow - expect island time service. Reservations are required.
Print out a coupon on A Pacific Cafe's website for $10 off two entrees: http://www.apacificcafe.com/
Editors' Note: This restaurant has closed.
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by Sweet Willie
Des Plaines, Illinois
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We went twice to A Pacific Cafe. In our opinion, the appetizers were weak but the main courses were EXCELLENT.
Deep-fried curry oysters with marscapone and scallion sauce. The scallion sauce was great, but the marscapone was not needed and the oysters were overcooked.
Ahi and hamachi sashimi with Maui onion dressing. This was good and refreshing.
Steamed baby lobster shu mai (dumplings) with tangerine vinaigrette and jicama melon relish. We were drooling at the sounds of this one, but was very blah.
Foie gras spring roll with scallops. It was good, but not as good as it sounded.
The "original" wok charred mahimahi. Mahimahi had a garlic sesame crust and was served with a lime ginger beurre blanc, and also Asian stir fried veggies. It had a GREAT, intense lime flavor. I liked it alot.
"Imu Style" slow-braised duck with caramel lilikoi sauce and purple Okinawan sweet potato. My wife liked this dish so much she had it both nights. The duck was incredible as well as the bright purple sweet potato. YUM.
"Mongolian"-style rack of lamb with Chinese black bean Maui onion Cabernet sauce. It was served with a potato gallete and baby bok choy. WOW, one of the best dishes I've had in years.
Reservations are recommended after 7pm; we were there at 5:30pm and 6pm without reservations, but it filled up fast.
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