After seven trips to Kauai, my husband and I are always looking for new places to try. I read about Nanea's tasting menu online ($55.00) with complimentary wine selections ($20.00) and we decided to give it a try.
The Westin is a lovely resort and we requested outdoor seating for the evening. The patio is covered and overlooks the pool area which is torch lit in the evening. There was also an ukelele singer and hula dancer entertaining inside and out -- but mostly chatting up customers with an occasional hula lesson thrown in.
To keep writing to a minimum, the courses went something like this: ceasar salad, mushroom risotto, fresh catch of the day, filet of beef and chocolate mac nut brownie with ice cream. I found each course to be delicious but absolutely too much food. By my final two courses, I was pretty much stuffed and miserable. I know, shame on me for overdoing the other courses (which I didn't finish!). My husband, who has a less adventurous palate, was less happy with a few combinations.
My biggest disappointment was the wine selections. With the exception of the first course, all other wines were reds. This surprised me since I would have assumed the risotto and fish selections would have been white. Neither my husband nor I really cared for any of the wines served (a surprise to us both) and would have been better off choosing our own bottle for the meal.
I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the lackadaisical service. Though we had reservations and were seated promptly, it took a good ten minutes for our waiter to show up. Even after placing orders, she could be very hard to find if you needed anything and it took another 15 to 20 minutes to work through our check because she was never around.
Overall, the dinner was lovely but I advise you to relax and be prepared to wait. We certainly weren't in a hurry but bad service cost us about 30 minutes. I would also recommend moderation during each course and choosing your own wine. It was one of our most expensive dinners on the island but definitely not the best dinner we had while on vacation.