Restaurant Taiko

★★★★☆

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We took the last flight into Maui on a Saturday evening. Now, in Honolulu there would be a ton of places to choose from but we were in Kauai, so...We wanted to find out hotel first. The check-in person informed us of Restaurant Taiko. It was probably ten minutes to closing but they stayed open for us. It was a real nice restaurant, and where we sat at it probably would have looked even nicer earlier in the evening. It had real high ceilings with comfortable furnishings. We were dressed like crap (just got off of work in sloppy jeans) but they certainly didn't care!

The staff was very courteous and professional, as would be expected in finer/hotel dining. We had several servers waiting on us (I don't think being the last table of the evening had much to do with it).

The menu selection was quite expansive -- steak, salads, soup, sushi, and sashimi -- your typical. We ordered the steak and lobster combination, was given the option between beef tenderlion (filet mignon) and ribeye, picked the latter in medium rare, and pretty much got what we ordered. I also got a salad, which was good... We ordered a lot of sashimi (something we always do at every new restaurant, kind of a test)... The only "letdown" was that even though they had an extensive menu, we ordered uni -- sea urchin -- and was informed they were out... The quality of the sashimi was okay -- pretty good but not great -- well, still better than your Gyotakus and the like. The proportions were decent but I would stick to Honolulu for sashimi.

They had a decent wine selection as well. We drank a bottle and got another one to take back to the hotel because it tasted that good.

Of course, the meal was NOT cheap, but I would be wary of cheap sashimi anyhow. Appetizers, entrees, and two bottles of wine cost us about $160. On a one-to-five scale of priciness I would give it a 3.

It was a very pleasant welcome to the island!!

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★★★★☆

We took the last flight into Maui on a Saturday evening. Now, in Honolulu there would be a ton of places to choose from but we were in Kauai, so...We wanted to find out hotel first. The check-in person informed us of Restaurant Taiko. It was probably ten minutes to closing but they stayed open for us. It was a real nice restaurant, and where we sat at it probably would have looked even nicer earlier in the evening. It had real high ceilings with comfortable furnishings. We were dressed like crap (just got off of work in sloppy jeans) but they certainly didn't care!

The staff was very courteous and professional, as would be expected in finer/hotel dining. We had several servers waiting on us (I don't think being the last table of the evening had much to do with it).

The menu selection was quite expansive -- steak, salads, soup, sushi, and sashimi -- your typical. We ordered the steak and lobster combination, was given the option between beef tenderlion (filet mignon) and ribeye, picked the latter in medium rare, and pretty much got what we ordered. I also got a salad, which was good... We ordered a lot of sashimi (something we always do at every new restaurant, kind of a test)... The only "letdown" was that even though they had an extensive menu, we ordered uni -- sea urchin -- and was informed they were out... The quality of the sashimi was okay -- pretty good but not great -- well, still better than your Gyotakus and the like. The proportions were decent but I would stick to Honolulu for sashimi.

They had a decent wine selection as well. We drank a bottle and got another one to take back to the hotel because it tasted that good.

Of course, the meal was NOT cheap, but I would be wary of cheap sashimi anyhow. Appetizers, entrees, and two bottles of wine cost us about $160. On a one-to-five scale of priciness I would give it a 3.

It was a very pleasant welcome to the island!!

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