Other than Bar Acuda in Hanalei, this casual-chic bistro has the most New York/San Francisco urban vibe on Kauai. Chef Jean Marie Josselin, who closed his long-revered A Pacific Café in Kapaa in 2000 for a stint at Caesars Palace in Vegas, returned in 2010 with a radically different, rustic Asian-Mediterranean tapas concept in a lively (and sometimes very loud) atmosphere, on the second story of the upscale Shops at Kukuiula. When the sangria cart stops by your table, try the white lychee version—not too sweet—or, for nondrinkers, the strawberry pepper lemonade, while you peruse the eclectic and frequently changing menu. The “deconstructed ahi roll” may be a fancy way of saying poke on rice, but it’s delicious, as are the unctuous slow-cooked butterfish and seared diver scallops. The wood-burning oven’s use of kiawe (mesquite) adds smoky complexity to roasted cauliflower and other dishes. The tapas are designed for sharing, but ask one of the friendly waiters about portion sizes so you don’t run up an even higher tab.
Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St., Poipu, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood The South Coast Hours Daily 5–10pm Phone 808/742-7117 Prices Tapas $10–$32. Happy hour ($5 sangria/wine, $6–$10 tapas) 5–6:30pm Cuisine Type Tapas Web site Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill Other Reservations recommended. Live flamenco music Wed
Map2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. Poipu HI Kauai
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