What's Cooking At The Plantation Tavern?
As the city of Kapolei develops, there's certainly going to be a need for restaurants that can provide reasonable hours of operation, a comfortable dining area, cocktail choices and above all, a flavorsome menu. I'd like to introduce the PLANTATION TAVERN!
On this warm evening, we decided to travel outside of our normal boundaries to experience tastes from a sentimental menu stemming from Hawaiian plantation cultures. PLANTATION TAVERN is located in the beautiful city of Kapolei in the Kapolei Marketplace. From just looking at it from afar, you'd never guess the type of meal you were going to be a partaking in.
From just looking at the entrance, you can identify words like "FRESH", "LOCAL", "ORGANIC", "Farm To Table" printed above the door and on a stanchion right out front. My eyes were thrilled to see these terms and it made me more excited about coming in.
Exposed red brick in the waiting area and a bar close-by..."YES PLEASE". The bar counter was a delicious wood that just creatively lit my heart on fire (so adorable). We didn't dine at the bar (although I really wanted to) but it was so nice to see comfortable bar top seating.
The dining room was very cozy with seating areas for 4-5 people. But don't worry, if you have a larger group cause they have a outside lanai that can accommodate more people (call to reserve the outside area) or just eat inside with the family style table.
Now, let's get down to DINNER!!
We were greeted with a basket of shrimp chips and vinegar! At first, I was surprised...but PLEASANTLY surprised. I loved it! I never see shrimp chips and vinegar come out as a starter...
(Green onion and ginger sauce)
Reminded me of the sauce you'd use for Cold Ginger Chicken
(Garlic Fried Rice)
Especial Bagoong Fried Rice
(Bagoong fried rice with green mango, chili pepper, green onion on the side)
Bagoong is a Filipino condiment made of fermented fish
(1/2 chicken in shoyu and vinegar sauce)
Braised Kal Bi
(Korean style short ribs on a bed of beansprout namul primed for a dip in the
gochujang all hiding under a fried egg)
(Mililani raised pork belly served with plantation lechon sauce)
OH MY GOODNESS!! Needless to say, if you couldn't tell by the food that came out of that kitchen, we were stuffed.... But wait, did someone say dessert??
The Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Pineapple Gelato somehow made an appearance on our table.
Along with his friend the Big Island Cacao Brownie with Vanilla Gelato and Chocolate sauce!
We explored the menu, conquered the desserts and still vowed to return for more.
What can I say, PLANTATION TAVERN, you gained a few more fans!
I'd personally like to thank all the waiters, waitresses and hosts that took part to show us a great time. We loved your food and the ambiance! Please keep up the good work!
A big mahalo goes out to everyone who wanted to see the restaurant through our eyes (and taste buds). I truly appreciate you reading our blog and hope you share this with your friends to help us SUPPORT SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES in Hawaii!!
Tel: (808) 888-4299
Til next time...
Aloha and Mahalo,