The island of Kauai offers classic Hawaiian fun, and the sleepy town of Hanalei exemplifies the aloha atmosphere for which the islands are famous. Postcards Cafe, located in the heart of old Hanalei, offers the quaint island atmosphere combined with some of the best seafood you’ll find anywhere on Kauai. Keep reading to find out what makes Postcards Cafe special and why it should be a must-visit on your next vacation to Kauai!
“A Place Where Time Stops”
The cuisine of Postcards Cafe is inspired by the international travels of Chef Javier Melendez. Affectionately known as Chef Javi, he has been in the culinary industry for over 18 years and brings a wealth of experience and flavors to Postcards Cafe. The menu is inspired by the flavors of Asia, Spain, and the Caribbean combined with classic French and Japanese techniques. In addition to the chef’s impressive resume, Postcards Cafe offers a quaint island ambiance, located in a vintage plantation cottage. The restaurant is a bit exclusive, only being open from Tuesday-Saturday for dinner service from 5 pm – 8:30 pm, so reservations are recommended.
Satisfying Seafood Selections
Postcards Cafe’s menu specializes in farm-to-table vegetables, fresh seafood, and decadent desserts. They also pride themselves on offering a wide selection of dishes to suit dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu items. Their menu features a selection of great salads, with favorites being their organic spinach salad, featuring a spicy Tahitian lime dressing, and their ahi tataki salad with radishes, cucumber, and an onion sesame dressing. Enjoy seafood dishes like their ono ceviche with exciting and unexpected ingredients such as camote, pistachios, and lilikoi leche de tigre. The menu also features salmon anticuchos and tako tacos. Meat lovers won’t be left out, however, as they also offer port wine and chocolate braised beef short ribs and fennel crusted lamb chops! To go along with your entree, the menu features a variety of vegetable side dishes; you’ll find everything from standards such as grilled asparagus to the unexpected such as the yucca al ajillo. Finally, end your meal with one of their dessert items such as the tres leches cake or the silk valrhona chocolate marquesa. Each aspect of the meal pairs something classic with something unexpected and each dish is perfectly prepared with the freshest local ingredients.
Fine dining doesn’t get better anywhere on Kauai than at Postcards Cafe!