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“Sweet memories of fish gone by....” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ko Restaurant

Ko Restaurant
4100 Wailea Alanui, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
8088752210
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Ranked #6 of 41 Restaurants in Wailea
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, Filipino, Portuguese, Hawaiian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Kaukahi Street
Transit: The nearest Bus stop is located at the Shops of Wailea Maui.
Description: Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the culinary masterpiece of Kō, the only fine dining restaurant on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by Maui’s sugarcane plantation era. Located at The Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Kō features island family recipes and includes farm-fresh Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese menu items with a contemporary twist.
Haiku, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Sweet memories of fish gone by....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I grew up with an uncle who fished Midway Islands for aku (tuna). And when he came back after a week on the ocean, he invariably ate fish. So needless to say, I ate a lot of top quality fish, the freshest one could find. This is where KO restaurant comes in. I love their steamed ginger fish (I recommend the monchong if they have it) with jasmine rice and baby bok choy greens. I dump the rice into the steamed fish bowl with Chinese lupchong sausage slivers and it soaks up all the broth and wow! talk about delicate flavors dancing on your tongue. Just remember to eat slowly....savor every bite. It'll be gone before you realize it. Best thing is that you can always go back. Oh, did I mention the hoisin lamb?

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I thought this was a bit hyped. It was named best restaurant of 2013 by a publication and I thought the service was just ok and the food good but not great. You could tell this restaurant was owned/managed by the hotel and Nick's is a separate company that is located at the hotel. Go to Nick's!!

Visited July 2013
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thank you for your honest review. While we are extremely proud of receiving the Restaurant of the Year award, we're very sorry that you feel it wasn't deserved. We sincerely hope you will return and allow us the opportunity to provide an amazing dining experience in the future. Best wishes and thank you again.
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Montreal, Canada
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent food, ambiance. Good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Good experience. Food well prepared with good ingredients and nicely presented. Dining outdoor so not an option if raining. Scenic view and they cater to children. Overall a very good experience. Worth going back to.

Visited July 2013
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“The best ever,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The food and service was terrific! We had our 30th anniversary dinner at the KO. We both recommend this restaurant! This place will not disappoint?

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us! We're thrilled that your dining experience was such a memorable one and truly appreciate your kind comments. Warmest aloha to you both!
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Wailea, Hawaii
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4 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

For starters, the rice cakes and edamamus dip is one of the best parts of the experience. A light and tasteful snack, the dip is something that you will crave when you are not dining with Ko. The entres are fantastic including the chicken stirfry. The service is great and the staff is friendly and is well runned.

Visited July 2013
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TrudyPeterson, Guest Relations Manager at Ko Restaurant, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
We're so happy you had a wonderful experience. Yes - our "Bread Bridge," with assorted breads and dips, is truly an experience in itself. Please email us at directly at ko.kealani@fairmont.com for the edamamus dip recipe. It's easy to make at home! Please be assured that your wonderful comments will be passed onto the team. Best wishes and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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