Ihilani, Lanai, Hawaii
1 Manele Bay Road
Lanai , Hawaii
Tel: 808 565 2296
Concierge.com's insider take:
Although the over-the-top decor (handblown Italian crystal chandeliers, Chinese-style antiques, and a glass ceiling) has been toned down, Manele Bay's Ihilani restaurant is a bit fussy for a beach resort where most of the guests are wearing designer flip-flops. The chefs combine local produce with fine ingredients from around the world (it's no small feat to get white truffles to Lanai!) in contemporary Italian cuisine. For something light, the chefs might candy grapefruit, roast beets, toss them both with goat cheese, and top the salad with a dollop of Maui onion mousselline, or roast lobster in white vermouth and garnish it with vegetable ribbons. On the more decadent side, they'll prepare a hearty portion of oregano-rubbed milk-fed veal. As the high prices reflect, it's always a memorable venue for a special-occasion dinner, especially given the undeniably romantic ocean views.
Dinner only; closed Sundays and Mondays.
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