Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kailua Restaurant: The Grove

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When I visit Oahu, I don't get over to Kaneohe or Kailua much. So this time, I made it over the Pali three times, each time to eat. Go figure...



I met up with my Honolulu friends, @Melissa808 and @DKMomus, for dinner at The Grove. The restaurant has a contemporary feel, but yet is casual. We were seated close to the open kitchen. Chef Fred DeAngelo, also of OLA at Turtle Bay, sent out a few starters
and see what Jay Eats:


Fresh Hawaiian Waters Ahi Poke
With Kahuku Sea Asparagus, Avocado, Inamona, Brazil Nuts,
House Togarashi, Tobiko Aioli, Kabayaki Reduction and Chili Pepper Gelee


The Sea Asparagus gave a nice
texture to the poke



Adobo Braised Pork Ribs with Mango Chutney
Served with Sumida Watercress


Also
Artisan Cheese Plate
Cured Meats & Variety of Cheese, Dried Fruit, House Marinated Olives,
Baba Ghanoush and an Assortment of Crackers & Grilled Flatbread


By this time, I had a hard time deciding what to order, everything thus far was great. I love cured meats and cheeses, throw in marinated olives and I'm good. Add in some ahi poke with pork ribs and I'm set...



Warm Brussels Sprout Salad
With Crispy Pancetta, Brazil Nuts, Dried Cranberries, Chevre,
Dean's Waimanalo Honey Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette


This was something that I wanted to try
and enjoyed it.



Braised Beef Short Rib Trio
Ko Choo Jung with Sumida Watercress and bean Sprout Namul (L)
Piont Noir Glaze with Pancetta and Kahuku Supersweet
Corn Risotto Cake (C)
Kiawe Smoked Alae Salt with Okinawan Sweet Potato Puree (R)


The short ribs were tender
and knew I made the right choice...



Creme Brûlée
For Dessert



Chef Fred DeAngelo with his wife, Cheryl

This is truly a family business, Cheryl's sister Brandy and husband Troy Antonelis are also partners in The Grove. Their globally inspired island cuisine stems from all of their backgrounds; a bit of Italian, Chinese, Filipino, German, Korean, Greek and Hawaiian. I'm sure I missed one or two more. Besides using the best local island products, these owners are environmentally conscious, they use an in-house water filtration system that eliminates single use bottles.


33 Aulike Street
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 262-2898
www.grovekailua.com

Reservations Recommended


Lunch: Monday - Friday 11 am to 3 pm
Dinner: Mon - Fri 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Sat - Sun 5 pm to 10 pm
Early Bird Specials: Monday - Friday 5:30 pm - 6 pm
Shady Hour (on the lanai): Daily 3 pm to 5:30 pm


For more info, please read @Melissa808's post


Thank You for a Wonderful Dinner!



Note: We went to The Grove intending to pay for dinner, but Chef DeAngelo hosted us.
All comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.



Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats
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