A view that can’t be beat: CanoeHouse.

It should all be about al fresco dining at this restaurant….right on the water and facing west so the sunsets are spectacular. A number of tables are on a large patio in front of the restaurant so make sure you have a reservation and ask to be seated there.

Not only is the seating first class the surrounding gardens, including salt water pools, are also first rate.

Of course we started with Mai Tais all around…excellent..and then we were off to appetizers. The pork ribs with Mongolian BBQ sauce sounded interesting and were perfect for sharing as was the poke-rita…..ahi poke with avocado salsa, unagi glaze, tobiko, a bit of dusted truffles and a furikake rim to the bowl. Very good and perhaps the best poke of the trip. Next up were the roasted beets; beautifully presented with pickled pea shoots….again perfect for sharing.

Mains were the seared ahi tuna served with avocado tempura…..not sure how that’s done without basically melting the avocado but it was excellent as well. The second main was the coconut curry shrimp…the sweet pineapple relish and curry were a perfect match.

For dessert, we had to try the coconut mochi doughnuts…..enough for a table of six. Picture fried mochi with a kona coffee dipping sauce and local honey…very interesting textures and flavors. So, if you like mochi and have a big appetite, give it a try. As is typical of many restaurants you are also offered a little something at the end…….local java (Kona) chocolate truffles…as if the damage wasn’t yet complete!

Wines offered were extensive and included sauternes….and other sweet selections….for after dinner. Our choice was a dry Rhône Rosé of Grenache and Syrah.

Service was good…and the views, as mentioned, were outstanding.

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