Plantation House high in the hills of Kapalua will set a romantic stage for diners New Year's Eve with its panoramic views and two-sided fireplace. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
"People want comfort food," says Executive Chef and partner Alex Stanislaw. "People want gravy. They want nurturing. The idea is to make sure our guests are satisfied when they leave the restaurant, that they have received value, that they are smiling from the culinary experience they received here. That all of their hungers and their cravings have been taken care of."
New Year's Eve, Alex will nurture diners in his own gourmet way with free-range New Zealand lamb rack, truffle-infused bacon smashed potatoes and red wine demi as the "gravy," or sauce. Alex will also feature oven-roasted filet mignon with scalloped potatoes and mushroom demi; and cold water lobster with savory bread pudding and saffron-drawn butter for dipping.
New Managing Partner Norm Schuhardt and Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw are wowing guests with fresh Hawaiian catch and braised beef short ribs in rich oxtail demi glace with crumbles of gorgonzola.
Since Plantation House serves as headquarters for the SBS Championship golf tournament (see related story, above), it will be closed for dinner Jan. 10 and closed for breakfast and lunch Jan. 6 to 9. But the good news is, those who want to meet the pro golfers starting now will find plenty of them dining at the restaurant.
"Visitors love being in close proximity to them and they are very gracious and will generally sign autographs and pose for photos," says Managing Partner Norm Schuhardt.
Plantation House is also rolling out a new pupu and grill menu in the lounge from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with steamed clams, Wagu-beef sliders and truffle fries, pulled-pork sandwiches on sweetbread rolls, and a hummus platter packed with pita, olives and feta cheese.
For more details, call 669-6299.