One of my favorite new restaurants is The Grove. We may not have an all vegan restaurant in Kailua yet, but there are certain establishments that make a great effort to have more plant-based options. The Grove offers beautiful salads, flatbreads,and sandwiches that can be easily veganized and my favorite, the kiawe grilled vegetable terrine. The terrine is a piece of art. Layers of eggplant, zucchini, peppers, sea asparagus,tomatoes and basil are served cold (or warm by request) atop swirls of two different purees, kabocha pumpkin and Okinawan sweet potato. Dig into this stack of yum and make sure to get some of the balsamic reduction on your fork to tie it all together into a perfect bite. The presentation is so gorgeous, I’d expect to see it plated for close to $20 at someplace like Millennium in San Francisco. It’s on the menu for only $8 here! And if you really want to dine frugally, get there between 5:30-6:00pm for the early bird menu- 3 courses for $17.
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