1341 Kapiolani Boulevard (Uraku Tower)
As the curious fusion name indicates, Euro-Japanese Cuisine prevails at one of the top restaurants in Hawaii, L’Uraku. They use local greens and local seafood in all dishes. Suspended umbrellas with abstract paintings on them add an extra ‘wow’ to the already colorful expressionist paintings on the wall. Get a dinner off of the “tasting” menu and be taken care of all evening.
2199 Kalia Road (Halekulani Hotel)
Impeccable Provencal cuisine comes ashore and is fused with the color of Hawaiian ingredients at La Mer – perhaps the finest fine dining spot in the Pacific. The spiced fresh fish is sublime, and so are the Angus beef, duck and lobster. Jackets are required for men. This is the only five-diamond restaurant on the island.
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
1857 South King Street
Sit down and be dazzled by the style of Pacific Rim cuisine Alan Wong has made famous. Only the freshest ingredients from the land and the sea are cleverly fused to give the diner a true taste of the varied Hawaiian cultural, as well as culinary, palette. Nowhere else does Chinatown Roast Duck Nachos appear with the Hamakua Springs Tomato, Beet and Avocado Salad on the menu.
6600 Kalanianole Highway
“Fresh ingredients, assertive flavors, deliciously wrapped in a Hawaiian state of mind” boasts Roy’s web site. European sauces blended with Asian spices and Hawaiian ingredients make this one of Hawaii’s most enjoyable dining treats. A large collection of wines to choose from makes wine and food pairing a delight here. Roy’s can now be found in many cities on the mainland, but somehow it just tastes more authentic on the islands.
255 Beach Walk
Not just any noodles but the kind your great grandmother made (if she's from Japan). First it was in Tokyo, then Hononlulu and now in New York. Whether you have the noodles hot or cold you won't be disappointed.