Step onto the terrace and enjoy the warm evening air, dine by candlelight with a view of Makana Mountain while overlooking Hanalei Bay. Whether celebrating a special occasion or just a night out, Makana Terrace, located at St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai, is the perfect way to end your day.
The Aloha Mary~
On your way to Makana Terrace, stop by the St. Regis Bar and try the signature Aloha Mary (bloody Mary) made with a blend of Hawaii’s organic Ocean Vodka and clamato (tomato juice, spices, clam broth) juice garnished with Kaua’i guava wood-smoked sea salt. All St. Regis Hotels create a signature Bloody Mary.
Review the wine list to start off your dining experience. I highly recommend a 5:30 or 6 p.m. reservation time to ensure a sunset view while enjoying a glass of wine and an appetizer. I enjoyed a wonderful glass of Pinot Noir, while occasional clouds passed and the sky slowly turned from blue to shades of pink.
The Makana Mountain and sunset view reflect off of the infinity pond located tableside offering a tranquil ambiance.
The menu is a mixture of Asian cultures complemented by the freshest of Hawaiian grown produce. Now for the hard part – choosing a starter. With the recommendation of our waiter, we chose to start off with the Makana Terrace Roll and Pan Seared Scallops.
Choose from an impressive selection of hand-crafted sushi rolls ~
which include Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail, Smoked Salmon, Ahi, Soft-shell Crab, BBQ Eel, California Roll and more. Sashimi platters include Tuna , Salmon , Yellowtail, Hot Seared Kampachi (Kona Yellowtail), Yuzu (citrus fruit), and Truffle Oil. I highly recommend the Makana Terrace Roll as it is spicy, crunchy and flavorful made with Spicy Tuna , Tempura Shrimp Avocado, and Spicy Mayo!!!!!
Next, the Pan Seared Scallops served on top of a kabocha (golden squash) puree absolutely melt in your mouth. The scallops are prepared with caramelized Maui onion, garden fresh herbs and lemon. The scallops are cooked to perfection, extremely soft and tender, easily cut with a fork.
For the entrée~ choose from Land (Aina) or Sea (Moana). Sea entrées include Opakapaka, Butterfish, Mahi, Ahi or Shutome (Swordfish). Land options consist of Rib Eye, Rack of Lamb, New York Strip, BBQ Pork Ribs, or Filet Mignon. My personal favorite is the Sake-Soy Glazed Butterfish served with Bok Choy, Carrots, and Alii Mushroom in a Kombu Beef Broth. The Butterfish is so moist and flakes apart in the juicy broth. We ordered the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi served with Ginger Garlic Braised Baby Bok Choy, Whipped Molokai Sweet Potatoes, Mango Pineapple Relish, and Curry Sauce. All seafood dishes were beautifully displayed, pleasant aromas, cooked to perfection, and flavorful.
Best for last~
Choose from seven delicious, exotic desserts comprised of Chocolate Chip Macademia Nut Tart, Chocolate Selection, Warm Ginger Cake with Asian Pear, Island Citrus Cheesecake, Warm Maui Mango Kula Strawberry Crisp, Hoemmade Spun Ice Cream, and Crème Brulee. Of course we chose the Warm Ginger Cake with Asian Pear served with candied ginger ice cream!!!!
Antwon Brinson, Chef de Cuisine
Breakfast: 6:30am – 11:00am Dinner: 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays for dinner)
5wheelsto5star was featured in the March 2014 issue of Destinations Travel Magazine