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Hyatt Ka’anapali Eats: Japengo

From Parisian Macarons straight out of San Francisco (no pun intended), the luxury continues back in Hawaii on the beautiful Valley Isle of Maui. This time at Japengo, an oceanfront restaurant located at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort on the scenic Ka’anapali beach coastline, just past Lahaina.

Started as a concept at Hyatt’s property in La Jolla, California, Japengo opened at the Hyatt Ka’anapali location in 2011, replacing Cascades. The cuisine at Japengo includes two primary facets: sushi and asian fusion. Of course being a Hyatt endeavor, executed at the highest caliber.

Let’s have a look around…

Hyatt Ka’anapali lobby atrium…

Two live penguins (just so you know that’s not a statue) provide entertainment…

A massive Cambodian 18th century Bronze Buddha centerpieces the Hyatt Kaanapali lobby atrium…

I feel your pain my brother, I feel your pain…

Time for dinner!…

Live Jazz at Japengo’s pool bar..

Japengo’s pool bar…

Our table…

Japengo open air dining room’s scenic coastal views…

 

Looking towards Lahaina…

A panoramic poolside ocean view from Japengo at the Hyatt Ka’anapali (click on image to enlarge and use your browser horizontal scroll bar to pan across)…

Japengo’s sushi bar…

When you purchase a premium bottle of Sake at Japengo ($100 and up), it includes two complimentary cedar wood Sake drinking boxes, to which you can opt to take with you, or sign it and leave it at the restaurant for display, using it again upon your return…

Now that we’re in the sushi bar, let’s have a look at some of the sushi and sashimi prepared to order here, starting with what they call the SWAT Roll…

Hamachi Salmon Roll…

Maguro Cali Roll…

 

Ika Sushi…

California and Spicy Tuna Temaki Sushi Rolls…

Shrimp Tempura Roll and Spicy Ahi Roll…

Sushi Roll Sampler Platter…

 

More assorted Sushi…

At this point, it should be noted (pun intended) that all these photos were taken with my Galaxy Note II phone camera in HDR mode. Which after looking at the results, found the darker shots (mostly of the food) really noisy, and should have switched it to another mode. Still, even though it’s grainy, I kinda’ like it, as it gives it sort of a filtered “artsy” look. Don’t you agree? Right? You agree, right? lol

Carrying on with other types of dishes, we have Sashimi Moriawase…

As with most current camera phones, if the lighting’s good like above, the shot’s great (FWIW). I’m curious how the new iPhone 5s camera’s photos are going to turn out in low light, being it has an even brighter F2.2 lens.

Sake Sashimi…

Here’s my dinner…

A platter of Ogo, Shiso Leaf and Daikon and that’s it. Nah, just kidding. Not that I’d complain if that’s all there was… just add ponzu and I’m good!

Sashimi Style Hamachi & Watermelon with Tempura Bits, Tobiko Lychee Pearls and Emperor’s Ponzu…

Prawn & Mango Salad…

Curry-dusted Calamari…

House-made Duck Pot Stickers…

Pad Thai with Grilled Shrimp…

Pad Thai with Grilled  Prawns…

Japengo will pretty much prepare whatever you request if they have the ingredients, as they did with this special order Cheese Pizza for a keiki guest…

Misoyaki Alaskan Black Cod…

Tengu Grilled Seafood Bowl…

Surf ‘n Turf…

Prawns and Fish…

Durham Ranch All Natural Filet of Beef with Grilled Prawn…

“Surfing Goat” Guava Cheesecake with White Chocolate BBs…

Tengu Pie…

Japengo Malasada with poi and sweet bread swirled kona coffee ganache, with a yuzu-strawberry compote…

And? While I didn’t take any detailed mental notes of any one particular dish, everything was pretty much off the charts amazing. The “Dynamite” style Sushi Rolls were all made with top quality sushi-grade rice and the freshest, highest quality seafood, with flavor and texture combinations and contrasts that were superbly matched. I also sampled a slice of that Durham Ranch Steak, and it was tender “like buttah”, being on par with the most memorable steak I’ve yet at BLT Steak in Trump Tower. And that Japengo Malasadas was INSANE, as was the Tengu Pie. I’m beginning to be more and more of a dessert person. Must be a new phase in my life, as before I was never into desserts.

Summing it up, like most upscale resort restaurants in the islands, Japengo at Hyatt Ka’anapali is yet another great choice for a special evening, enjoying fantastic asian fusion cuisine served with aloha, while taking in breathtaking sunset views of Maui’s Ka’anapali Coast.

See, even my calabash nephew, baby Angelo agrees, “Daddy!”… that’s his way of saying “Yeah, Japengo rocks!”

Japengo
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761

Tel. (808) 661-1234
Maui.hyatt.com/Japengo (abbreviated URL)
Japengo Maui dinner menu (jpeg image; current as of 9.2013)
Japengo Maui full menu (3.1MB 6-page PDF document)

The Tasty Island rating:

(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)

Related links:
Japengo Lahaina – Yelp user reviews
Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui is a Dining Experience to Remember – MauiDish.com
Ka’anapali Eats: ‘Umalu – The Tasty Island

P.S. Here’s a few more panoramas taken with my Galaxy Note II, this first one at Ma’alaea Harbor on the central south shore of Maui…

And this is Makena’s Big Beach on Maui’s east coast, taken on the rock cliff that goes over to Little Beach (yee-hawww!)…

 

3 thoughts on “Hyatt Ka’anapali Eats: Japengo

  • September 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm
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    Nice place when in Maui I would like to dine there.

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  • September 27, 2013 at 5:02 am
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    @ pat – This, coming from someone from Kauai. lol

    @ Judy – Amongst the many oceanfront restaurants along Maui’s GORGEOUS west coast, Japengo is a GREAT choice in Ka’anapali!

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