Maui Restaurant: David Paul's Island Grill

A small group of judges from the Maui County Agricultural Festival were invited to a special tasting at the award-winning David Paul's Island Grill in Lahaina. I had met Chef David Paul Johnson about 6 months prior (Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 7) and was fortunate to be invited back for this Spring tasting.

This restaurant was part of

I became familiar with Chef David Paul at his first Lahaina restaurant, "David Paul's Lahaina Grill" on Lahainaluna Road. I had dined on New American Cuisine dishes such as Tequila Shrimp with Firecracker Rice and the Deconstructed California Roll.

Today, we're here for a special treat as he presents his 2012 Spring Flavors - Tasting Menu:

Before we sat down, he gave us a tour of the restaurant
Photo by @Ayngelina

Local artwork displayed around the restaurant.

In addition to using local ingredients on his menu,
Chef David Paul features local artists
on the second Friday of each month.

The Chef's Table for Two
in the kitchen

I'm sure that would be an amazing
experience to dine at this table
and watch Chef David Paul up close.

Before leaving the kitchen,
he created a dish for us.

He made fresh buratta cheese for us

Picking up our plates, we're off to the dining room...

Fresh Buratta Cheese
with Olive-Rosemary Loaf
Olowalu Tomato Jam, Hawaiian Sea Salt

The best buratta cheese I've had,
with a dash of citrus.
I love citrus!

Idaho Trout Salad
Keawe Smoke Trout, Kapalua Farm Arugula,
Pickled Maui Onions, Toasted Pine Nuts,
White Balsamic Reduction and Smoked Olive Oil

The trout had a very sweet smokey flavor,
loved the picked Maui Onions with it.

Maui Raised Berkshire Pork Belly
Slow Roasted with Pomegranate Glaze,
Cannellini Bean Salad, Ricotta Salata Cheese
and Parsley Oil

Very tender pork with a nice sweet flavor,
loved the bean salad

Panna Cotta
Amarone Cherry and Dark Chocolate
Haystack Cookie, Ulupalakua Strawberry

Served with Kona Coffee

Chef David Paul Johnson
has won numerous awards and
guest chef appearances worldwide

Learn a thing or two from this award-winning chef...
"A Day in the Kitchen with Chef David Paul"
A hands on cooking experience
held on selected Sundays.

For more information, click here

900 Front Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 662-3000

Here's what my colleagues posted:

Thank You Chef David Paul
for inviting us in your kitchen!

Chef David Paul Johnson

NOTE: I was a guest of the Maui Visitors Bureau and their partners.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Except as noted
©Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats


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