Posts Tagged ‘beach’

La Fontelina Restaurant – Capri

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

FontelinaTel. +39 081 8370845
Fax. +39 081 8374612
Location: Faraglioni
80073 Capri (Napoli)
Prices: Moderate – Expensive

La Fontelina is a special little cove with a restaurant set on a rocky promontory above the sea; you can swim by climbing down the short ladders from the rocks into the sea as there is no beach. Colorful, umbrella covered, tables overlook the Faraglioni rocks and it is one of the most exclusive restaurants on the sea, serving the best cooking at the waters edge, simply presented local seafood and pasta. I did not visit on my last trip (I have dined there countless times over the years) because of our small child, it is not suitable for children because of deep and possibly rough water. I have also checked with the locals to make sure nothing has changed, and it is also reassuring that it is still owned by the same family for over 50 years.

Boat service back to Marina Piccolo is available. It is a must to have lunch here and essential to book at the telephone number above.

La Mer – Halakulani Hotel – Honolulu

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Diamond Head from Halekulani TerraceLa Mer
2199 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel. 808-923-2311
Hours: Dinner nightly
Attire: Jacket and Tie suggested
Credit cards: All Major
Prices: Very Expensive

The Halekulani Hotel is considered among the best in Honolulu, it happens to be my favorite hotel and when you add the restaurant and bar, House without a Key where when the sun goes down you can hear true, old Hawaiian music and hula dancing as interpreted by a former Miss Hawaii, Kanoe Miller. During the day this beautiful restaurant overlooking the sparkling Pacific, serves a casual lunch and as of 2007, they mix in my opinion, the Number One Mai Tai on the island. La Mer - Beachside RestaurantYou are right, I have not tasted them all and certainly I am not about to, but over the years I have covered a lot of ground. However, no Mai Tai surpassed the ones made by the dark-skinned, Hawaiian bartenders with shocking white hair who were resident for years at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s “Mai Tai Bar” on the terrace by the sea. They made the meanest Mai Tai I have ever tasted. They were delicious, and slipped down very easily; one would have you babbling and if you were brave enough to consume another you would be so to speak “under the table”.
Now, on to La Mer, which is the best top-quality, French restaurant in Honolulu that also happens to have a magnificent view to go along with it. Hawaiian Music and Hulu DancingIt goes without saying that the restaurant is very expensive, though food products are expensive in Hawaii, due to importation of almost everything from the mainland, and a great deal of this has been first imported from somewhere else, and you are consuming these delicacies in the best hotel in the city as close to the beach as you can get with becoming wet. Chef Yves Garnier who previously was a chef in a top restaurant in Monaco and did the tour of a couple of Ritz-Carltons and to his credit has created a menu inspired by Provence, (South of France) that translates easily to the Hawaiian climate.