The Dining Room at the Lodge at Koele
In Hawaii, going to a formal dining room doesn’t always mean dressing up; attire is resort casual at this 44-seat, dinner-only restaurant. Warm-toned walls, a large chandelier, and a picture window overlooking the resort surround the square tables inside. While European influences are present, the island has a sway on the choices, including the black pepper crusted Hawaiian ahi, served with green pea coulis. The chef’s menu has five courses, varies by the season, and includes dishes like the big island wild boar loin, served with mushrooms and a Hawaiian chocolate sauce.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.