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Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu

Kukuiula Village Shopping Center
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street
Poipu , Hawaii
Tel: 808 742 7117's insider take:

Chef Jean Marie Josselin isn't as well known as some of the other founders of Hawaii regional cuisine, but his food is still entirely worth seeking out. Josselin took his talents to Las Vegas after bad business partnerships caused all three locations of his A Pacific Café chain to close in the early 2000s. But in 2010, he returned to Kauai to start over with this lively second-floor, open-air eatery in a Poipu mini mall. The stylish restaurant reflects the Spanish aspect of its name with spice-colored decor, delicious house-made sangria (red or white), and plates that are meant for sharing. But the flavors are 100 percent Hawaii: coffee-smoked pork tonkatsu with banana crispy bao and buttermilk BBQ dressing; blackened opah with a vegetable spring roll and basil papaya sauce; and sweet Kauai corn tortilla soup. The portions vary dramatically in size, so it's hard to know how many plates to order, but having an abundance of this fun, flavorful food is no bad thing.—Cathay Che

Open daily 5 to 10 pm.

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