Prior to our visit to Kauai from where we live in San Diego our local newspaper ran a story in the travel section about Friday evenings in the old town area of Hanapepe. It was only a fifteen minute drive from where we were staying in Poipu, so we thought we'd check it out. The merchants and vendors make the main street an easily walkable and entertaining stroll. Loved seeing the local arts. The article also mentioned that the restaurant part of the Hanapepe Café was reopening, on Friday nights only, with a new menu. We had never been to the "old" version of the Café, but the new version is great! The menu is simple: two soups, two salads, sushi, and only four entrees - three featuring fresh fish and one vegetarian. We had the pumpkin and pear bisque soup and it was the best bisque I've ever had. Perfect flavors. For an entrée I had the sauteed Monchong with a wasabi buerre blanc, green onion oil, sesame bok choy and black forbidden stir fried rice. [I snapped a photo of the menu before we left because I wanted to remember the dish.] So good! It isn't a cheap place to eat - entrees are in the $25 to $30 range. But, for a comparable price I feel it was better than my meal at Hukilau Lanai, the top rated restaurant in Kauai. Our server was a fresh graduate from culinary school who is the granddaughter of the original operator, which added to the night. Also, if you just want soup, they serve different kinds separately as a take out order.
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