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December 15, 2014

Visit Hawaii Island: Dinner at `ULU Ocean Grill

On our first night at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaʻūpūlehu, we were treated to a lovely dinner at the beautiful oceanfront `ULU Ocean Grill.

`ULU focuses on local and sustainable dining, with a menu boasting ingredients that are 75 percent from Hawaii Island.  The result is fresh and flavorful dishes, as was evident during our dinner.

Assorted breads
Mushroom Fried Rice

Roasted Pineapple Mahi
Kona Coffee Prime NY Steak
Keiki Macaroni & Cheese
Keiki Chicken Tenders with French Fries
Keiki Side of Sliced Mixed Fruit
Keiki Cookie
Keiki Chocolate Cake
Tempura Coco Crunch Cheesecake
Pineapple Poke
Coconut Volcano Popcorn

From the moment we were presented with a nice assortment of breads, I knew we were in for a great dinner.

My middle son loved the breads and salted butter so much he decided to not order any dessert only so he could eat more bread!

For dinner, my husband had the steak, which was accompanied by Kiawe-smoked potatoes and Kekela Farm Swiss Chard.  He declared it the best meal of our entire getaway.

I had the Roasted Pineapple Mahi. The delicate mahi was topped with a very delicious miso butter sauce. I also had a side of Mushroom Fried Rice - a simple, yet very flavorful dish! 

Keiki menus are provided, and kids 4 and under can enjoy a complimentary meal with the purchase of an adult meal.  "Main Events," such as the Chicken Tenders, come with two sides.  All of my kids ate up their dinners, and couldn't wait for dessert,

The desserts offered on the keiki menu can be found at just about any other restaurant, but the way they are presented makes them special. My youngest son loved the sprinkle of M&M's on his cookie and the fun gummy shark that was served with it. My oldest son couldn't help but get excited to see the chocolate cake topped with sprinkles, chocolate shavings, and caramel and chocolate sauces. Even my middle son, who decided to forego dessert, changed his mind after taking one look at the cake, and my oldest son happily shared one of the slices.

The adult desserts were more sophisticated both in ingredients and presentation.  

I ordered the Pineapple Poke, which was prepared tableside.  Compressed vanilla pineapple was mixed with mint, sesame seeds, and other ingredients, and was then placed on top of a slice of Meyer lemon pound cake.  Puna chevre ice cream and white chocolate crunch brittle completed the dish. The contrasting flavors and textures made for a delightful dessert!

My husband had the Tempura Coco Crunch Cheesecake.  Bites of tempura-fried cheesecake was nicely complemented with strawberry ginger jam, toasted coconut ice cream, and strawberry rocks. 

As an after-dinner treat, we were given little boxes of Coconut Volcano Popcorn (which we munched on at the airport on the way back home - it was a nice combination of sweet and spicy).

The culinary talents of the `ULU chefs were obvious.

Although at times I did think service was a tad bit slow, our server was very friendly, and overall our dinner experience at `ULU Ocean Grill was wonderful.

Stunning views, friendly service, and exquisite dishes can all be found at `ULU Ocean Grill!

Beautiful dinner view
'ULU Ocean Grill
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka`upulehu
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96725
(808) 325-8000

Thank you to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for hosting our dinner.  Gratuity was paid on my own.

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