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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

THE LODGE AT KOELE - DINING ROOM

 FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI
THE LODGE AT KOELE
 DINING ROOM

FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI
THE LODGE AT KOELE
ONE KEOMOKU HIGHWAY
P.O. BOX 641380
LANAI CITY, HAWAII  96763

DINING ROOM
FRIDAY THRU TUESDAY 
DINNER ONLY: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
808-565-4000
www.fourseasons.com/koele

Dinner in the Dining Room at The Lodge at Koele got mixed reviews.  I went with the Chef's Tasting Menu ($85) and three others went with the "Duo" of Beef Tenderloin and Keahole Lobster ($59).  Reviews for the "Duo" were excellent with all three loving the combination of steak and lobster.  Our table ordered an appetizer of Venison ($27).  The Venison was seared on a hot rock at our table.  Nice touch but the Venison had absolutely no flavor.  We also tried the Foie Gras ($27).  This was a cold Terrine dish that was good at best.  These appetizers were expensive and did not really deliver the taste for the price.  The Tasting Menu was good up until the Wagyu Beef main course.  The beef portion was small with only two strips of meat that was tasteless. Really not seasoned well.  This was really not worth eating.  The plate was filled with a large container of some sort of sauce that really did not help.  I thought you pay a premium for Wagyu Beef so you do not have to cover it with sauce.  The flavor of the meat should come through.  It did not.  This was a big time expensive meal in a beautiful restaurant with great service.  The evening was wonderful with great friends and some fine wine.  
BEAUTIFUL DINING ROOM WITH WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE
CHEF'S TASTING MENU
DINNER MENU
ASSORTMENT OF BREADS

FOIE GRAS - DUCK FOIE GRAS TERRINE, VOLCANO OHELO BERRIES, HAWAIIAN BRIOCHE,
MICRO ARUGULA WITH TAMARIND BALSAMIC GLAZE
WAITRESS SEARS VENISON AND WAGYU BEEF ON HOT ROCK AT YOUR TABLE
LAVA ROCK SEARED VENISON PREPARED TABLE SIDE
WAIMEA HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD
MAUNA KEA GOAT CHEESE RAVIOLI WITH KEAHOLE LOBSTER, KAHUKU CORN,
SOY BEAN, CORN BROTH AND SWEET BASIL (CHEF'S TASTING MENU)
SEAFOOD STEW - KAUAI SHRIMP, SCALLOP, MANILA CLAMS, BIG ISLAND PORTUGUESE
SAUSAGE AND CLAM BROTH (CHEF'S TASTING MENU)
KIDS MEAL WITH CHICKEN BREAST, MASHED POTATOES AND VEGETABLES
"DUO" BEEF TENDERLOIN AND KEAHOLE LOBSTER, MAUI ONION PUREE,
ALI'I OYSTER MUSHROOMS WITH FAVA BEANS AND CABERNET SAUCE
 
WAGYU BEEF - LANAI LAVA ROCK SEARED AMERICAN KOBE STRIP LOIN
PREPARED TABLE SIDE AND SERVED WITH WAIALUA ASPARAGUS, POTATO GRATIN
(CHEF'S TASTING MENU)
CHOCOLATE FLOURLESS CAKE WITH BRANDIED CHERRIES AND PISTACHIO ICE CREAM
(CHEF'S TASTING MENU)
CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE

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