Dining here is a trip, literally and figuratively. A half-hour away from the nearest resort, Bamboo adds an element of time travel, with vintage decor behind the screen doors of its plantation-era, pale-blue building; an art gallery and quirky gift shop provide great browsing if you have to wait for a table. And in these parts, the food is well worth the wait, from local lunch faves such as barbecued baby back ribs or kalua pork and cabbage to veggie stir-fry of soba noodles or grilled chicken, shrimp, fish, or tofu with a kicky Thai-style coconut sauce. Dinner adds more fresh-catch preparations, including a grilled filet with a tangy lilikoi mustard sauce balanced by crispy goat cheese polenta. If you’re dining on Friday or Saturday night, you may luck into live music; in case you want to re-create the hang-loose vibe at home, Bamboo’s yummy lilikoi cocktails have inspired its line of drink mixes for sale.
- Jeanne Cooper