We heard about Oasis from some locals who said they go there for special occasions. Well, our visit to Kauai was special since we don't live there, and we thought we should give it a try.
They have a happy hour that we unfortunately missed, but decided to partake of the libations at the bar regardless. Although the drinks are pricey ($9 to $12 each, beer $6 yo $8) the seaside setting, friendly bar tender, and cool outrigger canoe bar was enjoyable. We do wish they had turned off the large screen TVs since no one was watching them, and it definitely takes away from some of the tropical ambience which is well instilled in the resort.
Speaking of ambience, I do have to point out that I guess I'm a corny mainlander who actually thinks that a tropical decor, with tropical lighting, tropical drinks, and a tropics inspired menu also deserves tropical music, and although I appreciate Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, and other crooners, I found it to be rather unwelcome in fully completing our illusion of a tropical paradise.
As for food, we went for a couple of appetizers which were pretty good. I had the pork won tons which were deep fried and served with a salty chinese dipping sauce. It was okay, but at $8 a plate, they really should fill the won ton with pork... one piece was just one third full, meaning I was really just munching on deep fat fried wonton skin. My cardiologist will not be pleased.
One thing that is great about this place is a fairly wide menu with the availability of both half and full portions. After the appetizers we went for the half portions, which proved to be just enough food for us... about 3 or 4 ounces of fish, cooked pretty much to perfection.
The wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and very much engaged, which made our entire visit pleasurable and makes us welcome a return visit.
There are a few tables actually outside facing the ocean, but a bulk of the tables are in the lanai, but with few walls and no windows you will very much feel a part of the environment with the cool tropic breezes.
We enjoyed our visit to Oasis, which is fairly true to its name in providing good food in an excellent atmosphere right on the beach. I think next time we would make sure to arrive before happy hour expires so we don't have to purchase such expensive drinks, but the food and atmosphere are definitely worth the price. I just wish they'd tone down the mainland big city music a bit... I can understand that locals definitely get tired of faux tropical music all day and night, and perhaps they appreciate hearing something different, but can't we compromise with some Jimmy Buffet or something?
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