It was my husband's golden birthday on the 28th of November, the night we arrived in Kauai. I wanted to take him somewhere nice, so I tried to search for a fancier restaurant along the East coast of Kauai where we are staying. I came across a cute little place called, Eastside which opened in 2008 by a Vassar graduate from California. The cuisine is classified as Pacific Rim featuring a blend of Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors. The atmosphere is casual and beachy, a great place to take your family out for a special occasion. I ordered their hoisin glazed pork ribs with pineapple fried rice. Adam ordered a butter poached mahi mahi atop risotto, green beans and a sweet tomato compote. Both dishes were packed with rich with flavor and beautifully presented. Adam's risotto broth was sweetened with a hint of coconut milk and rich butter glaze. My ribs were fall off the bone tender and sweet with hoisin and soy. I was super stuffed after the meal, but it was highly satisfying after a long day of boogie boarding!
Check out their website if you'd like to know more: www.theeastsidekauai.com