Being that Tortilla Republic has become one of the trendiest spots for Kauai dining, it was the perfect choice for our recent staff party. The two levels of the stylish restaurant have open walls allowing the tropical trade winds to blow in, perfecting the relaxing setting at any time of day.
You can now begin your morning at Tortilla Republic with their new breakfast service starting at 7am. Choose from their traditional Mexican breakfasts like Huevos Rancheros to House Specialties including Seared Ahi with Sweet Potato Hash.
During our evening meal a spectacular Kauai sunset created a wonderful warm glow throughout the restaurant. The ground floor has a bar and more casual menu choices. The upstairs also has a cool bar as well and a more fine dining atmosphere including the formal Guadalajara styled room for special events.
The “Hydration” margaritas were popular with everyone. They are not overly sweet and have a more natural taste since they use coconut water and house-made lime sweet syrup. There are 50 varieties of tequila for aficionados. If you’d like something different ask for my personal creation with Grey Goose vodka. “Hydration” choices include the Skinny made with grapefruit juice, Cucumber Lavender using house-made lavender syrup and Thai margarita made with muddled kaffir lime leaves.
Table-side guacamole service is unique and one of the best you’ll find. Pedro mixed and prepared before us chilies, herbs and spices all tailored to our taste along with some fun commentary. There were big chunks of local avocado in the guacamole and it can be made with fresh crab meat if you chose. Three chili salsas were left for us to try and warm house made chips.
Menu standouts included crunchy Jicama tacos and well conceived lamb enchiladas. Chicken flautas were excellent too as were local fish Ahi tacos. Each healthy menu item was made with the best local ingredients. This is the best contemporary chic-Mexican food you’ll find here in the Pacific.
Churros and chocolate flan with a hint of chili ended a memorable evening followed by a walk around the fabulous Shops at Kukui`ula featuring art galleries, boutiques and clothing stores.
Details: Tortilla Republic’s Margarita Bar is open for breakfast from 7am to 10:45am, lunch from 11am to 5pm, and dinner from 5pm to 10pm. Their Grill serves nightly from 5:30pm to 9pm, Monday-Thursday and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. For reservations check with our guest concierge or call 808-742-8884.
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