Nelson @ Big Island: I know this is a chain, but it seemed like a good option as their menu had local Hawaiian ingredients and influence. The bread came out fresh and warm with a side of honey cinnamon nutmeg butter. The butter's taste was surprisingly strong, with a lot of spice making for an unique flavour.
Kitty tried the Ahi Poke Napoleon: capers, sesame, guacamole, flatbread ($19). It looked great and although small it seemed to be quite filling. The Gaucamole had some kick, but not due to wasabi, rather spicy jalapeno. Excellently made gaucamole that matched perfectly with the ahi in texture and taste. The flatbread was hard and complemented the soft toppings.
Since fish is a popular local ingredient I tried the Hawaiian Walu: Kunia tomato jam, surfing goat cheese, almond rice, forest mushrooms, kula herb sauce ($39.50). The was the best (Wesetern) style fish I have ever had. The texture was incredible and I don't know how they made it as it tasted like it was deep fried, but it wasn't at all oily. It was crunchy on the outside and very firm on the inside, yet it was still moist and also flakey. The outside was a tough crunch, but more of a softer crunch that was perfect for fish. The sauce was good too, slightly sweet almost like a marsala sauce. Something so simple done so right.
This location of Tommy Bahama definitely exceeded my expectations. Great seafood here, and although a little pricey (everything is expensive in Hawaii) it was well worth it!
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