Sprawled across a terraced cliffside above Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore, The St. Regis Princeville Resort attracts honeymooners, movie stars and hedonists, ordinary vacationers, and foodies who come here just to experience Kaua’i Grill, an outpost of star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s global culinary empire.

Beyond the hibiscus-red glass doors is a vibrant, chambered nautilus-inspired chandelier dripping with glass strands that glow above the swanky interior of zebrawood and red accents. But even more gratifying than the décor could be a grill menu fused by French-Asian dishes. As is the case at his restaurants around the world, Vongerichten creates edible wonders based on daily-caught fish from the sea as well as organic meats and produce from farms and ranches on the island.

His signature cuisine eschews the traditional use of stocks and creams, focusing instead on the flavors and textures of vegetable juices, fruit essences, broths and herbal vinaigrettes, preparations that highlight, rather than mask, delicate Hawaiian seafood and exotic ingredients such as mango and lemongrass. An evening’s specialties may feature char-grilled black-pepper octopus or Hawaiian onaga (long-tailed red snapper) with sesame vinaigrette, succulent Wagyu strip loin, sea bass with Malaysian chili, or a signature appetizer of crispy poached eggs with caviar and vodka crème fraîche. And for an unforgettable finale, savor the fragrant lilikoi (passion fruit) soufflé or J-G’s famous cheesecake with rhubarb sorbet and hibiscus syrup. Each dish is so artfully plated that diners keep their smartphones and cameras handy to record the delights. 

As expected, the wine list is formidable, complete with special occasion bubbly such as Billecart Salmon, and California chardonnays and Puligny Montrachet to pair with the luscious seafood. Offering an inestimable value, the wine-pairing menu (entire table only) is the ultimate Kaua’i Grill experience, wherein each of five courses is married with some of the top bottles in the house.

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