Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee – Don the Beachcomber

Kona kampachi miso macnut brulee - Don the Beachcomber
Kona kampachi slices, miso glaze, macnut, scallions, and ogo (seaweed). $12.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

This wasn’t my favorite dish. The miso glaze was really a thick miso sauce and there was A LOT of it. When it was combined with the seaweed, the resulting texture and flavor wasn’t appetizing. It was a salty, briney mess! I ordered this dish because I’d never had kampachi before, but it was nearly impossible to taste it because of all the crap on top. Too bad, perhaps next time…

Kailua Bay
Kailua Bay.

Calamari – Don the Beachcomber

Calamari - Don the Beachcomber
Lightly seasoned and breaded, served with zesty chipotle remoulade and Don’s citrus cocktail sauce. $12.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

I enjoyed these! They were pretty tender and not overly fried. I also liked that they weren’t covered in a thick shell of breading and that they included plenty of tentacle pieces. The sauce were also creative and tasty! I’m kinda bored of the typical citrus aioli that’s usually served with fried calamari.

Stacked rocks, Kailua Bay
Stacked rocks, Kailua Bay.

Waimea back ribs – Don the Beachcomber

Waimea back ribs - Don the Beachcomber
Baby backs coated in house rub, flame broiled and baked with honey mango BBQ glaze. Happy hour $9.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

I’m a huge fan of BBQ ribs! These babybacks tasted good but not amazing! I wish they were a little more tender, but since they were slathered in delicious BBQ sauce I didn’t mind too much, hehe.

Hulinee Palace gate
Decorative gate at the Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Don’s original mai tai – Don the Beachcomber

Don's original mai tai - Don the Beachcomber

Old school is in session with this original preparation of what is now often modified. Don has many claims to fame but none as bold as this fine cocktail. Bacardi 8, orange curacao, Whaler’s dark rum, fresh lime and a few smuggler’s secrets make this 1933 classic a must. Happy hour $5.25
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

Mmm, this tasted like a vacation! Don’s sit right on Kailua Bay so you get a perfect view of the sunset. Wish I was back there!

Sunset over Kailua Bay
Sunset over Kailua Bay from our table.