Mahina & Sun’s (Hawaii 2017): Kauai Shrimp & Waimanalo Grits
After our epic road trip to the windward side of Oahu, we made it back to Waikiki late in the evening. And, although we weren’t super hungry, we knew that we needed to grab a bite. But where to go? I had heard about a place called Mahina & Sun’s located in the nearby Surfjack Hotel on Lewers so that’s where we wound up.
Mahina & Sun’s has a unique take on local dishes while following Monterey Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program (similar to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Program) so it’s not uncommon to find certain dishes aren’t available when certain seafood products are out of season.
We started our meal with a couple of Shaka Ice Teas ($5 each) – mango hibiscus and guava gingerblossom. These Hawaiian iced teas are made with handpicked Māmaki leaves cultivated in the mineral-rich, volcanic soil on the foothills of Mauna Loa and then naturally sweetened with organic juices and flavored with fruit purees for a touch of tropical flavor… which means they’re all made without any added sugar. They also brought us out some soft-boiled peanuts with jalapeño slices to snack on.
Since we weren’t too hungry, we decided to share a couple of dishes. The Pono Pork Rilette ($14) were served with pickles and a pineapple mostarda along with buttered pao doce bread. The lightly toasted bread was heavenly soft and puffy and was a joy to devour.
The Kauai Shrimp & Waimanalo Grits ($32) was a relatively expensive dish considering there were only 6 shrimp. But, OMG… this was a really good dish. The large shrimp were plump and had a nice snap to the bite. The grits were creamy and smooth from the chèvre with only the slightest amount of gritty texture to it. I can’t say enough of the mushroom and bacon sauce… seriously… this sauce was money!
The restaurant itself has a fairly relaxed vibe to it and they have local music between 7-9pm every night.
412 Lewers St (inside the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club)
Honolulu, HI 96815
Posted on June 29, 2017, in Hawaiian, Restaurant Review and tagged Food, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Honolulu, Kauai Shrimp & Waimanalo Grits, Oahu, Pono Pork Rilette, restaurant review, Shaka Ice Tea, Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Waikiki. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.