Sunday, April 28, 2013

Kahana Sands Restaurant & Bar

Mai Tai and Happy Hour menu
Today, we went to the Kahana Sands Restaurant & Bar for happy hour.  This restaurant is at the hotel next to our hotel.  At first, we were a little annoyed by the super-slow service (I guess no one's in a rush in Hawaii) and the fact that water kept getting splashed on our table (there was a pool right outside the restaurant, and a couple kids were bouncing a ball in the water).  We eventually got our waitress's attention and moved a few tables back.  Then, all was well.  We were there between lunch and dinner, so we checked out the lunch and dinner menus.  Both looked fine, but we were drawn in to the happy hour specials.

I ordered a Mai Tai while we looked over the menu.  At only $4 during happy hour, I was truly happy!  The happy hour cocktail specials were the Mai Tai, Pina Colada and Lava Flow.  I can make pretty good Pina Coladas and Lava Flows, so I decided to go for the Mai Tai since I'd never had one before.  I was impressed that it was delivered to the table in the same size glass that water comes in.  I had expected something much smaller for the price.  It was so good that my husband (who usually doesn't drink) tasted it and promptly ordered a Mai Tai for himself.  I ended up drinking two over the course of dinner.  For the price, how can you not?  As for food, we decided to stick to the happy hour specials.  We tried the deep fried calamari, the breaded shrimp and the shrimp quesadilla.

Deep Fried Calamari
The calamari was our least favorite.  It was good, but we've had better.  I liked the fried shrimp better than my husband did, but it wasn't amazing.  It was a little doughy, but the shrimp tasted fresh.

Breaded Shrimp
Shrimp Quesadilla
The shrimp quesadilla was a winner.  They were generous with the shrimp and the cheese.  I loved the red tortilla and the slightly spicy dipping sauce too.  We ended up ordering a second one.  I would be perfectly happy going back to this restaurant just for Mai Tais and shrimp quesadillas.

Pineapple Creme Brulee
We weren't sure if we were going to order dessert, but the pineapple creme brulee sounded really good.  As I mentioned in yesterday's post, creme brulee is one of my husband's favorite desserts.  We asked the waitress about it, and she said that the pineapple creme brulee is her favorite dessert (and not just at this restaurant, but her favorite dessert anywhere!).  We decided to try it.  It was served inside a pineapple, which was super cute.  It was really good.  I love fruity, tropical desserts, but I wouldn't say this was the best creme brulee ever.

In short, we may very well be back to this restaurant for their Mai Tais and shrimp quesadillas while we're here.  We might even stop by for dinner sometime.  They have 50% off certain entrees every night.  If we don't feel like driving somewhere, we definitely know we won't leave hungry here.

Happy eating (and drinking)!

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