Merriman’s Fish House – Poipu Beach

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<a Merriman’s in Poipu (Kauai) turned out to be a great second choice discovery! The place we really wanted to go, Gaylord’s at Kilohana Plantation, turned out to be closed for dinner tonight, so I went to the trusty Zagat guide and found the 26 point Merriman’s. We got a lovely table at the edge of the covered balcony.
We started with a “Merri” Mango cocktail (local rum based) and a Lava Flow (I do love those).

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Our first courses were a Salad of tomato, papaya and beets, in a macadamia vinaigrette with goat cheese, and a crab Mac n’cheese with goat cheese. Both were really good.

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The first entree was macadamia crusted Monchong, with a Sake mushroom reduction, black and white rice, and green beans. The fish was tender and flavorful, perfectly cooked and the sauce was delicate and delightful. The green beans were crisp and fresh, and the rice was a perfect accompaniment. The second entree was a coconut seafood medley, with Ono, Prawns, and Scallop, in a green curry sauce. This was Susi’s, until I tasted it. She actually preferred my fish dish, so we switched instantly, because I thought the spices in the curry were sublime. This dish usually comes with Manila clams, but they were out, so they added extra prawns. Worked for us. We added Taro fritters, from the north shore of Kauai, and they reminded me of potato knishes from a NY deli! Susi enjoyed a glass of Rombauer Chardonnay with the fish.

The sun peeked through the dense clouds for a few moments at sunset, and after a day of rain, that was a welcome sight.

We loved Merriman’s and would recommend it. They are a farm to table, which we always love, and really do source almost completely locally. They tell you which boat your fish came from, and what farm the veggies came from!

We had no room for dessert, and so we had to pass up the Lappert’s Ice Cream shop directly across from the restaurant. 6 different kinds of Macadamia ice cream! There’s always tomorrow!

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