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The Best of Hawai'i Wine & Food for 2019

BY The Editors | February 18, 2019 | Feature

Whether you're a culinary or wine enthusiast, these picks will have your taste buds soaring.

Most Specialized Cocktail Service
Bar Leather Apron (745 Fort St., Ste. 127A, Downtown Honolulu, 524.0808) Award-winning mixologist Justin Park crafts each of his cocktails with special equipment, finesse and mastery. There are only six seats at the bar, so reserve ahead! Cocktails are $12 and up.

Best Wine Dinner
Kahala Hotel & Resort (5000 Kahala Ave., Kahala, 739.8888) Join master sommeliers and executive chefs for wine and phenomenal cuisine at one of The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s wine dinners at Hoku’s restaurant, which is one of the Obamas’ chosen dining spots on the Island.

Most Refined Tasting Menu
Chef Mavro (1969 S. King St., McCully, 944.4714) Ebullient and charming, George Mavrothalassitis is Hawai‘i’s reigning French chef and holds a coveted James Beard Award. The Marseilles native’s namesake resto is also the state’s only independent AAA five-diamond winner. Try the $185 grand tasting menu.

Most Trufflicious Pasta Dish
Noe Restaurant (92-1001 Olani St., Ko Olina, O‘ahu, 679.0079) The signature pasta at the Four Seasons Ko Olina’s Italian eatery is a heady profusion of fresh tagliatelle ribbons tossed in truffle pasta and a riot of fresh mushrooms and shaved truffles ($44).

Most Sought After Chef’s Counter
Senia Restaurant (75 N. King St., Chinatown, 200.5412) More than two years after it debuted as one of Honolulu’s most anticipated restaurants of 2016, a seat at Senia’s chef’s counter is still hard to come by. Gourmands flock to the eatery in Chinatown, where Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush, veterans of Per Se, conjure up ever-evolving $185 menus.

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