Thursday, October 20, 2011

Maui Restaurant: Japengo

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Japengo
Hyatt Regency Maui

I love going to resorts and spending lazy days lounging around. When the sun goes down, it's time for some good food and Maui is one of those places.

Japengo isn't the typical hotel restaurant that serves seafood because that's what guests want on an island. They use Hawaii's locally grown products to showcase the many modern Asian-inspired dishes with a Hawaiian flair. Be prepared for a unique Pacific Rim dining experience.



Entrance to Japengo

As you enter Japengo, you're taken to a place that
seems like a far away modern Japanese village.

But the stunning sunsets and warm Hawaiian
hospitality reminds you that you're on Maui.



First Stop is the Moon Bar



Superfruit Nigori

absolut berri acai, momokawa pearl nigori sake, fresh lime, cranberry

A must have cocktail


See What Jay Eats...


For Starters

A Sashimi Platter
Selected by Sushi Chef Jay Ledee

tuna, salmon, snapper, sea urchin, yellowtail, and giant clam

The seafood served here is top notch



The Sushi Lounge

It's like a restaurant inside a restaurant
and time for sushi...

The two must ordered sushi rolls:



Big Roll

shrimp tempura, salmon, tuna, avocado, tobbiko, tobanjan



Tootsie Roll

soft shell crab, snow crab, cucumber, shiitake mushroom,
avocado, lobster-teriyaki


OR

leave it to Chef Jay Ledee to create a special roll



spicy tuna topped with white fish and shiso



Oceanfront Dining

A great view overlooking the islands of Molokai and Lanai


Entrees not to miss...



Singaporean Chili Crab

alaskan king crab, spicy singaporean chili

A must try



China Town Chow Fun

spicy ground pork, day boat scallops, crab,
new caledonia prawns, oyster sauce, mushroom shoyu



Today's Catch of the Day

"Opah"



Certified Angus Filet of Beef and
New Caledonia Prawns

plum wine finer demi-glace
kim chi and edamame potato

Another must try



Another beautiful Maui sunset
at Japengo


What's a great dinner without dessert?



Molokai Sweet Potato Cheesecake

azuki beans with a shortbread cookie


A nice local spin on a classic dessert



With Shelley Kekuna and Sushi Chef Jay Ledee


Mahalo to Chef Matt Smith and Chef Gavin Utrillo


Not only is Japengo is great dining experience, but you get the signature Maui sunset too. What a way to enjoy a great dinner and see what Jay Eats...


200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761-1985
808/661-1234




Epilogue:  In 2013, Japengo was honored with three 'Aipono Awards, presented by Maui No Ka Oi magazine, including the Gold Award for the Best Pacific Rim Cuisine and Silver Awards for Best Seafood and Best Asian Restaurant.  Congratulations!


Maui No Ka Oi


Jay Eats
© Jay Terauchi

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