Just when we thought the mere fact of eating at Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai would give us a nice, romantic dining experience, beautiful moments happened throughout the evening that made this our most romantic dining experience to date.
We picked 6:15 pm for our reservation time so it would be around sunset, which was taking place right at 7:00 pm. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and walked around the stunning grounds of the Hyatt.
The Romantic Dining Begins
We noticed a table at the restaurant that was in a private little hut that jutted out over the koi pond. We certainly wanted a table on the water and thought it would be awesome to snag that table set apart from all the others. Sam went in and asked the hostess if we could sit there, and she said yes!
We started off with a round of cocktails and the pacific prawn summer rolls as an appetizer.
For dinner, I (Toccara) ordered the macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi with a coconut-kaffir lime beurre blanc sauce and papaya-avocado relish, served with a side of with molokai sweet potato.
Sam ordered the soy-ginger glazed and macadamia nut crusted Hawaiian catch with pacific prawns and “kona cold” lobster served with coconut-jasmine rice and a lemongrass beurre blanc.
Both plates were divine! I had wanted to order a glass of wine with dinner, but unfortunately our waiter got caught up at his other tables. We had to track down a wine menu ourselves and just wait for him to come over. I was already about 2/3 done with my meal when he finally came over check on us. Not too long after our drinks arrived, the manager stopped by to say that our waiter had shared with him that he felt like he had neglected us a little when he got caught up with his other tables and that he wanted to buy that round of drinks for us! Our waiter also thought that because we were sitting at the ‘fancy’ table, that it was a special occasion, and he brought us a free molten lava cake for dessert!
That got us thinking… was this table reserved for ‘special occasion’ dinners? I asked Sam if he thought there was an additional charge for sitting at this particular table and although he didn’t think there was, he couldn’t relax until he had confirmed this with the hostess. He came back and told me that the hostess had told him, without blinking, that it was $300! He said she let it linger for a minute before telling him that we didn’t have to pay the $300, because no one had reserved the table that night. Phew!
Had we actually paid the $300, the $25 in drinks that the manager covered and $15 for the on-the-house molten lava cake, our bill would have been over $460 (USD) + tip! Needless to say, it was one of the most romantic and memorable dinners we’ve ever had!
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