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It might be small, but Lanai offers a range of culinary experiences, from posh dining at the island's two Four Seasons resorts to home-cooked Filipino food in Lanai City. Here are five places Forbes Travel Guide’s editors think you should check out when visiting Lanai:
1. 565 Café. Named after the telephone prefix on the island, the quirky 565 Café serves up everything from pizza to blackened ahi and home-cooked Filipino food.
2. Blue Ginger Café. Formerly Dahang’s Bakery, Blue Ginger Café kept the recipes from the popular bakery and serves traditional local fare including saimin, teriyaki chicken and the loco moco (a Hawaii staple consisting of a hamburger patty atop white rice, with two eggs and brown gravy). It’s a popular breakfast spot, too.
3. Lanai City Grille. Located in Hotel Lanai, Lanai City Grille features a menu designed by award-winning Maui chef Bev Gannon. It boasts menu items such as Pacific oysters on a half shell, pulled pork won tons, pan-roasted venison loin with mushroom risotto, and an old-fashioned double chocolate cake.
4. Nobu Lanai. This restaurant inside Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, from celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, infuses local Hawaiian ingredients into Matsuhisa's signature Japanese cuisine and sushi. A sushi bar, teppan tables and the Nobu Bar offer plenty of places to enjoy an exquisite meal, from shishito peppers to Wagyu beef, all set cliffside above a marine preserve.
5. Canoes Lanai Restaurant. This is a quintessential local eatery with menu items such as fried rice, furikake chicken katsu and its signature Tanigawa hamburger. Stop in here to mingle with locals and get a taste for the island’s most beloved dishes.