Hawaii Part 8: Tidepools

This is the stock photo of Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Last time we dined here twice – fabulous setting, fabulous service, and fabulous food.  So, naturally, we chose to celebrate Rich’s birthday dinner here.

I called down ahead to say that it was Rich’s birthday and to request a waterside table. Well, they said they couldn’t guarantee one, but we could wait for one when we arrived for our reservation. Okay, so we’re not at a Disney resort.

There were two ways to get to Tidepools: (1) down the long hallways through the inside of the resort or (2) from the beach and the grounds. We chose the latter, strolling hand-in-hand along the tropical pathway lit by tiki torches with the thunder of surf crashing on the shore. Ah… give me a moment… 🙂

Some remnants from Hurricane Felicia were expected to sweep the island over the next twenty-four hours, and walking the path way on the way to Tidepools did a number on my hair (grin), but the winds cooled us off a bit from the accumulating humidity. We had a few sprinkles, but not enough to close up the shutters on the restaurant.

When we arrived, a waterside table was almost ready so the wait was practically nonexistent. We were invited to wait in the bar, but as soon as we sat down in chairs outside the bar, we were escorted to our table.

The photo below shows the view from our table. Our waiter was friendly and very good/good enough, but not as spectacular as our previous trip.

Here’s what we ordered:

Appetizer (shared):

AHI SASHIMI – Hawaiian Hearts of Palm, Beets, Shiso, White Soy, Yuzu, Habanero Sauce

Entree (Rich):

WASABI CRUSTED AHI – Coconut Jasmine Rice, Shiitake Mushrooms, Asparagus, Asian Pear, Plum Wine Sauce

Entree (Kathy):

MACADAMIA NUT CRUSTED MAHIMAHI STUFFED WITH CRABMEAT – Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini, Roasted Banana Butter Sauce

Dessert (shared):

BANANAS FOSTER BREAD PUDDING – Brownie Bits, Caramel Sauce, Crème Anglaise

We don’t normally enjoy bread pudding but we do love bananas foster and this dessert seemed like the best one on the menu. It was AWESOME!

We each paired a wine with our entree and our server was helpful with his recommendations, but we have no clue what we ordered – too caught up in eveything else, I guess. And too swept away to write anything down.

We’re also getting it confused with our anniversary meal at Bellagio, which we’ll write up later. 🙂 So important to get everything down before we forget the details entirely.

Koi were splashing around in a big huddle while we were dining – maybe there was some food bubbling up from underground? They weren’t interested in what we were doing at all.

It was really a wonderful meal, and one of our favorite settings we’ve ever experienced. Rich forgot all about turning the big XX.

We finished off the night by romantically strolling back to our room along the tiki-lit pathway (yes, we love tiki torches), through the beautiful grounds, and along the beach.

A perfect birthday evening.

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