Our short little stint in Kauai for my mom’s big 50th led us to a little town called Hanalei that I wish we had more time to explore. It was touristy and gave off that hippie vibe; with cute little surf shops and a fabulous tapa bar, it was extremely reminiscent of Haleiwa town on O’ahu.
Bar Acuda in Hanalei, Kauai
Tapas are on the pricier side of the food chain, and unfortunately I have expensive taste. (Why oh why can’t my wallet match?!) Because we were on vacation, I chose to indulge in a little pre-dinner meal with Jarden and my sister.
Presenting Bar Acuda in Hanalei, a popular little joint that I found thank’s to trusty Yelp. After arrival we were informed that the only seating available was public seating, meaning sharing a table with other people. Although we’ve never encountered this type of seating arrangement before, it seemed fun! Unfortunately the couple we sat next to didn’t agree; I’ve never seen unhappier people eating such delicious food lol.
The tapa menu was quite extensive, with prices ranging from $6 to $22 for each plate. Our waitress who was always on the up-sell recommended 2-3 plates for each person. We thought that was a little much, and were fine with the 4 plates for us total, along with a carafe of sangria.
Our first plate was in my eyes, the creme de la creme and my inspiration for choosing Bar Acuda. The Local Northshore Honeycomb, with Humboldt fog goat cheese and crisp fuji apples.
Look at that honeycomb! *Drools*
Risotto Fritters with molten mozzarella centers and a honey-garlic lime drizzle. Usually I find risotto a little too heavy, but it’s perfect in this form.
Papa Pave – seared potato gratin with a soft cooked egg and arugula.
Overall it was a delicious little pre-dinner that held us over for a couple hours until our poolside barbecue. Peace, love, and tapas!
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy.
Hanalei, HI 96714