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Perhaps the best part about Kapalua Plantation House is the incredible view from almost every table. If you time it right, you can take in the sun setting over the ocean from atop the golf course in the clubhouse restaurant.
The second best thing about the restaurant is that vegans have absolutely no trouble fitting in with the rest of the crowd. The main attraction at their restaurant is the fresh fish, and I admittedly had a hard time forgetting about the swarms of blue, green, purple, yellow, orange, and red fish I swam with earlier in the day. However, I try to choose being a joyful vegan as often as possible, so I do my best to smile and zone out during that section of the conversation.
We started our meal with a nice beet salad. Sorry about the picture-- it was really good and by the time I remembered to take a picture, our plate looked like a tornado had passed through.
What is very cool about the chefs at Kapalua Plantation House is that they will make you any of the fish preparations with a delicious filet of tofu. Most people don't realize this, but tofu is similar to fish in that it takes on the flavors of its adornments well, so when properly marinated and surrounded by gourmet vegetables and dressings, it's every bit as elegant and classy as any other dish on the menu.
My husband opted for the Tofu in the Style of Nice, which had a really nice Mediterranean flair, complete with sauteed spinach, fingerling potatoes, roasted tomatoes, and capers.
I really wanted to sample the vegetables offered in the different fish preparations, and our waitress was incredibly friendly and helped me choose veggies that were naturally vegan or easy to make so. In some places, this very request would have resulted in plain, unflavored, and poorly cooked vegetables, but at Kapalua Plantation House, each vegetable was delicate, perfect, and a feast on its own. I tried fingerling potatoes, green beans, spinach, and asparagus, and I was devastated that I didn't have room to finish my entire plate.
As a side note, they served warm dinner rolls that had a shiny coating that we assumed was butter. Our waitress let us know that the cooks actually spray a light vegetable oil on the outside, so those are good to go as well.
I highly recommend calling ahead to ask restaurants about vegan options; most of the time the hostess will make a note for your server that you're vegan. If you're a new vegan or don't want to make a huge fuss at the dinner table, this eases the transition for you to ask for what you want to eat. Most of the time the server will come right up and ask the table who the two vegans are, and everyone will point at you, laugh, and relax.