The open-air dining room hanging over the Hyatt pool is divided into multiple private nooks, evoking the feel of a Japanese teahouse. Meander inside for superb Japanese-influenced entrees and inspired sushi, sashimi, and hand rolls. Look around for signs of tengu, a long-nosed mythological trickster and the restaurant’s mascot. Depending on what the fishermen reeled in that day, the moriawase, or chef’s platter, may include achingly red tuna, translucent slivers of Big Island hirame (flounder), poached local abalone, creamy wedges of uni (sea urchin), or raw New Caledonia prawn. The sushi wizards at the bar beautifully garnish this bounty with nests of peppery daikon and aromatic shiso leaves. Delicious vegetable sides—kabocha pumpkin, asparagus in Thai chili sauce, and lavender-honey corn—originate on nearby Simpli-Fresh farm.
At the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort, 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Kaanapali
Our Rating Neighborhood Kaanapali Hours Daily 5–10pm Phone 808/661-1234 Prices Main courses $18–$69 Cuisine Type Sushi/Pacific Rim Web site Japengo