On Thursday night, we went to Café Pesto in Kawaihae (there is also one in Hilo). It was, as usual, an excellent dining experience fit for a celebration. The dishes are made of local, organic vegetables, meats, and fish. M started with a drink called Lime in da Coconut; it was a sparkly mix and the lime was refreshing. I had the mango chicken that had a jello-like mango chutney on top of it. I know this sounds sort of gross, but despite the gelatinous texture, it was divine. A mix of spicy and sweet, it paired perfectly with the corn relish that also arrived on top of the chicken. Mom had a bowl of coconut curry soup that she was still mmmmmmming about this evening. And, N had the special, a bowl of pesto penne topped with local seafood.

We also had to try out a few of the desserts all of which were too large (as if that’s something to complain about!) and were as beautiful as the rest of the plates. We tried the chocolate ganache, coconut tart, and cheesecake. We might’ve wanted to replace the chocolate one with the crème brulee on the menu, but we were completely satisfied with all of our selections.

We’ll be returning for a few more while we are here. 61-3665 Hawaii 270, Kawaihae –




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