We enjoyed our first dinner here so much, we came back the next night, rather than risking a disappointing dinner elsewhere!
The restaurant is located in the Kong Lung commercial center in Kilauea, on the way to the lighthouse. Even though it doesn't have tables that are actually outside, we sat both times on the perimeter of the dining room, adjacent to a nicely-landscaped corridor. It was entertaining to watch the parade of locals and tourists heading to the pizza joint next door.
Both times my husband and I enjoyed a fresh fish offering, although the steak selections were tempting. The first time I had ahi with Thai peanut sauce, then ginger-crusted ahi the next night. Both were accompanied by saffron-colored rice and fresh sliced vegetables. My husband really enjoyed his ono the first night and the same ginger ahi the second night.
The highlight of our dining experience hre was the coconut shrimp appetizer. They were perfectly cooked and sat atop a yummy sauce. I could have eaten a dozen! The "fish rockets" the next night were disappointing - they appeared to be ahi wrapped in a won ton skin, then briefly deep fried. They just weren't as flavorful as the fantastic shrimp. The slice of grasshopper pie we shared was a perfect ending - mint chocolate chip ice cream on an Oreo crust with chocolate sauce.
The Firestone gewurztraminer we ordered the first night was a perfect accompaniment to the fish - fruity, but not too sweet. The second night we ordered mai tais, which were generous and very authentic.
We were lucky enough to have Amber as our server both nights. She was pleasant and extremely professional.
We recommend having an early dinner at the Bistro, then heading out of town a mile or so on the road to the lighthouse to enjoy the spectacular sunset viewed across horse pastures. Just look for the congregation of cars pulled off alongside the road a few minutes before sundown.
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