Situated amidst the lush grounds of the enchanting Moir Gardens, the Plantation Gardens Restaurant offers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Flickering tiki torches light your way along tranquil jungle paths past peaceful koi ponds until you arrive at the historic plantation home at Kaua‘i’s first sugar plantation. Dine in one of the lovingly restored dining rooms or opulent salons, or enjoy dinner in the gardens amongst lilies, orchids, and tropical flowers beneath a tapestry of clear Hawaiian skies dotted with stars. The menu features an homage to old plantation Hawai‘i and utilizes the abundance and beauty of Hawai‘i’s natural resources, from locally sourced organic produce to fresh caught seafood.
Begin your meal at Plantation Gardens in Restaurant in Kauai with some island favorites meant to be shared with the table like Furikake fries with wasabi aioli or crunch edamame with a sweet chili drizzle. The pupus (appetizers) showcase the bounty of Hawai‘i’s oceans with such favorites as fresh ahi poke (prime cuts of tuna marinated in soy sauce with seaweeds, avocado, and more) and coconut shrimp. Or you can sample the international flavors that meet at Hawai‘i’s culinary crossroads with popular dishes like Crab Rangoon, Pork Potstickers, and Vegan Summer Rolls with marinated tofu, pickled veggies, and a Thai peanut sauce. If you can’t decide, the Plantation Sampler lets you try a little bit of everything!
Dinner is Served at Plantation Gardens in Restaurant
The salads are bursting with fresh produce and inventing flavor combinations like arugula and watermelon with a guava-calamansi vinaigrette, but it is the entrees that steal the show. Fresh fish is available in a number of preparations, including crusted with macadamia nuts and smoked quinoa or grilled with jalapeno and a lilikoi reduction. For a taste of old school Hawai‘i, try the Seafood Lau Lau where fish, scallops, and shrimp are steamed with fresh vegetables in a ti leaf and served piping hot with rice, furikake, and wasabi aioli. For choice steaks and chop at Plantation Garden Restaurant in Kauai, look no further than the Pot Roast, the St. Louis Ribs, or the Makaweli Ranch Burger made with grass-fed, locally raised beef. Vegetarian and kid-friendly options are also available.
The Plantation Garden Restaurant’s cocktail lounge is open from 5pm daily, serving up tropical drinks like the Hibiscus Cooler and the Pacific Dragon, along with ice cold beers and a premium wine list. Dinner is served from 5:30pm and diners have their choice of indoor and outdoor dining amongst the lovely gardens and tropical flower installations. Located in sunny Poipu in southern Kaua‘i at the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Koloa.
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