Roy Yamaguchi, the James Beard Award-winning chef and founder of Roy's, the chain dedicated to Pacific Rim fusion cuisine, has opened his newest restaurant, the Eating House 1849 on Kauai island, at the Shops at Kukui’ula, as of Monday, March 9.
Named after one of Hawaii’s first restaurants, the Eating House is an homage to the casual mid-nineteenth century restaurants that helped to popularize the incredible cultural diversity of Hawaiian cuisine.
The restaurant is also inspired by Yamaguchi’s grandfather, whose 1940s tavern and restaurant in Maui featured Hawaiian comfort foods.
Chef Yamaguchi will highlight the influences of Japanese, Chinese Portuguese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cuisines as they helped shape Hawaiian culinary traditions.
The menu will be sourced from Hawaiian farmers, fishermen, and foragers every day. Highlights include “Rissoles” Portugese shrimp turnovers, plantation “paella” stew, lilikoi chiffon pie, and sizzling rainbow Tesuyaki poke.
Chef Yamaguchi is a founder of the Hawaiian fusion cuisine movement and has hosted six seasons of the television show Hawaii Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi.