My wife and I have eaten at the Mercer Kitchen and JoJo several times. In fact JoJo is one of our must do meals in Manhattan. We recently visited Kauai for a destination wedding and met my wife’s brother and wife for dinner at the Kauai Grill, located in the St Regis hotel. We had a spectacular meal years ago when the hotel was under different ownership and hoped Jean Georges would at least meet those expectations. We were wrong. Everything was overpriced, even for resort dining, and the service was at best odd. We ordered asparagus with our meal and received five rather tasteless breaded spears, hardly worth the twelve dollars, or about a dollar a bite, we paid. (We spent over $250 for dinner and wine per couple.) The waiter was often attentive, but sometimes absent and the busboy who cleared our salad plates left behind dirty utensils. They also tried to clear the dishes before all of us had finished our meals. Very good bread, but when we requested additional from the busboy, he smiled and disappeared. The fish entre was tasty but in an overproduced manner that did little to highlight the flavor and instead relied on flamboyance which seemed in keeping with the extravagance as the overdone lobby, very unlike his restaurants in Manhattan. The experience felt more Donald Trump, than master chef.
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