WELLNESS

‘Your Way’ menus beckoning at DUO, Ferraro’s and other outlets at Four Seasons Resort Maui

The al fresco poolside DUO at the Four Seasons Resort Maui offers healthful options for discerning diners. Four Seasons Resort Maui photos

Dine at DUO any night of the week on the Wellness Your Way menu and be pampered with five-star service, farm-fresh flavors and dazzling presentations — and rest easy that your choices will make you feel good and contribute to your health.

“The Wellness Your Way menu is served every night,” says DUO Chef de Cuisine Hyrin Salaguinto. “I have collaborated with Executive Chef Craig Dryhust and Wellness Expert Dr. Mark Emerson, We have a lot of clientele that ask for healthy vegan and gluten-free and dairy-free options, so we updated the menu with new dishes.”

There are also Wellness Your Way items served at other resort outlets (with the independently owned Spago the exception). But only new items are featured during DUO’s dinner service.

The best part for island residents is that you get 20 percent off of your bill at DUO with valid state ID, and also buy-one-get-one-free dinner entrees at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante.

At the Spa, you may book the iLipo cold-laser body contouring, an infrared-detox wrap, Ayurvedic massage and personal trainers — and complimentary fitness classes are available for guests.

DUO Chef de Cuisine Hyrin Salaguinto recently updated the wellness menu.

“The resort really has become a top destination for wellness travelers,” says Crissa Hiranaga, director of Public Relations. “We’re happy to be able to offer all of these dining and spa options to visitors and locals as well.”

At DUO, begin with an powerful appetizer of buckwheat gnocchi with pea cream.

“The gnocchi is buckwheat and potato flour in a mushroom dashi broth,” says Chef Salaguinto. “It’s very simple to make. We don’t put any eggs or anything in to bind it, and we add Oprah’s Farm radishes and bok-choy salad.”

Yes, these radishes are grown at the famous media mogul’s spread tucked away in Kula.

“The flat-bread appetizer is made out of garbanzo flour,” Salaguinto continues. “It’s one of my favorites topped with sweet tomato, Maui onion, thyme, herb salad and white balsamic. You know it’s high in protein. You get filled up, get full pretty fast.”

Order eye-catching, flavorful appetizers such as rainbow carrot salad.

Salaguinto has been the chef de cuisine at DUO since January and has been cooking for the company for 11 years. It’s a long way from her first Maui job at McDonald’s, and she excels at perfecting these carefully crafted dishes.

“I’m not a vegetarian, but I think it’s pretty good,” she says humbly. “I’ve seen vegan dishes at other places with a portabella mushroom on a plate. We take our menu way past that.”

In fact, take your taste buds on an exotic voyage to the heart of India with the caulifower rice biryani. Do note that caulifower has only 50 calories per cup and it is a coveted cruciferous vegetable with vitamins and antioxidents.

“This Indian dish is traditionally cooked with meat over rice. Instead of us using rice, we grind down the the caulifower like a rice and the vegetables replace the meat. This is my personal favorite. We wanted to incorporate something local, so we introduced papaya-and-banana compote instead of chutney. It’s a good balance of garam masala, chili and tumeric, and all of these spices cook so well together.”

The roasted eggplant comes with mushroom-rice cake, creamy with tapioca as its binder.

Entrees of vegetable curry laksa with rice noodles, lime and lemongrass.

“It’s nice and crispy after you sear it, and you get the meatiness from the eggplant. We added some grilled Romaine for an umami taste and beet molasses to add sweetness to the dish,” she says. “The rainbow carrot salad uses garbanzo water to emulsify the dressing. The shaved carrots become silky and wavy and look nice when plated.”

As the superfruit on top of the smoothie, so to speak, Executive Pastry Chef Bruce Trouyet dazzles with fresh strawberry, avocado and lime tarts in macadamia-nut crusts; and pineapple-almond tarts with banana ice cream, making it easy to do Wellness Your Way.

• DUO hours: Open daily for breakfast at 6 to 11:30 a.m. and for dinner nightly from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

• Wellness Your Way: The new menu offers chick-pea flat bread, cauliflower rice biryani, buckwheat gnocchi, pineapple-almond cake and chocolate-avocado mousse with fresh raspberries.

• Other DUO promos: The Brazilian Churrascaria sizzles on Fridays. The Raw Bar seafood buffet is an icy wonder on Tuesdays. Prime Rib Night lets you hunker down on Sundays. Burgers are grilled to perfection on on Wednesdays. And you may order Wellness Your Way throughout!

• For reservations: Call 874-8000.

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