Gourmet Episode #88 – Kiahuna Plantation Resort &
Plantation Gardens Restaurant! Featuring Chef Kirk Lowe
in Kauai from Maui, we could see how incredibly lush the
island is, from the mountainous northern part of Nepali
coast, to the beaches in Poipu, Kauai is truly the Garden
is so green with sprawling mountains that drop directly
into the deep azure sea. White sandy beaches, protected
coves around each bend of the road and the smell of hibiscus
all hit you at once in one captivating expression of Ahhh!
at the Kiahuna Plantation, part of the Outrigger resorts
on Poipu Beach on the western side of Kauai we discovered
the true laid-back essence of Hawaii family-style! The amazing
part of this resort is that it’s like staying in the
middle of a botanical garden, right at the edge of some
of the most beautiful beaches in the world! They offer two-bedroom,
condo-style rooms many that have an upstairs area with a
balcony view of the ocean, a very large living room and
even a fully equipped kitchen! So if you like flowers, greenery,
the sound of the ocean gently brushing up to the shore,
and rooms that are set up to accommodate families that like
to cook- this is definitely the resort for you!
are greeted by Executive chef Kirk Lowe, a San Francisco
Bay Area native who came to the Plantation Gardens Restaurant
in Kauai, in Hawaii to bring his seasoned background to
their kitchen. Kirk’s early influences at his grandfather’s
Chinese restaurant in San Francisco gave him is inspiration
to work in gourmet cooking, and to bring warm and delicious
recipes to make people smile.
Kirk’s first dish for us is something very special
indeed, this is one of his signature appetizer recipes that
he brought to Kauai, and it is beautiful! Seared Sea Scallops
on a bed of Shitake Mushroom Mashed Potatoes, garnished
with a Papaya Salsa a Pea Coulis and fresh Tabiko (or Flying
Fish Roe) Phew! …the colors of this compete head on
with the flowers outside!
Chef Kirk whips up one of the Plantation Garden’s
most popular dishes, Steamed Opakpaka with Garden Veggies
and a Miso Glaze! Chef Kirk shows us a more traditional
and extremely healthy way to prepare this steamed Opakapaka
(which is a kind of Snapper – light and flakey) Yum!
What makes this dish sparkle is a combination of freshly
sliced Ginger, Dark Sesame Seeds and the sizzling addition
of hot Peanut Oil just at the end of cooking.
also fortunate in this episode to meet Gana Maheshwaran,
the Resort Manager at Kiahuna Plantations, who takes us
on a tour of this breathtaking property that includes acres
and acres of blossoming flowers, Koi ponds and beach activities
of all kinds!
Mahola to Chef Kirk and Plantation Gardens, the food is
as spectacular as the surroundings of Poipu beach in Kauai!