If you’ve been following the culinary adventures of the Gazette for a while, you know I’m prone to wading my way through the set menus at table service restaurants. While these may not include the most glamorous menu items they do contain some of the restaurant’s guest favorites and a fairly accurate slice of the menu offerings. My main reason for continuing to review these options is that fixed menus are regularly selected by guests who want to try some of everything without the muss and fuss of trying to figure out how expensive their meal might be. In this instance, we’ve headed upstairs in the Polynesian to give the dinner menu at Kona Café a whirl.
The Chef’s Choice menu includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Appetizer choices include: Kona Salad, Sweet Potato and Lemon Grass Bisque, or Pot Stickers. Entrée options are: Coconut-Almond Chicken, Chicken Pan-Asian Noodles, Shrimp Pan-Asian Noodles, or Sustainable Fish. The best part of any meal, dessert, offers the following: Kilauea Torte, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, or Kona Coffee Panna Cotta. For my meal I opted for the Pot Stickers, Coconut-Almond Chicken, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
My body must have been craving sugar on the day I visited Kona Café as my meal was clearly a study in sweetness. Then again, with pineapple and sugar cane being major exports of Hawaii, is it any wonder that natural sweeteners have found their way into many of the restaurant’s dishes? I am always happy to with my meal at Kona Café, and the dinner menu holds true to the quality I expect from the establishment. There are many options to choose from on the menu, both on and off of the Chef’s Choice, any I’m fairly certain you’ll enjoy any of them.