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Chef Mavro

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Chef Mavro Review

George Mavrothalassitis, who took two hotel restaurants to the top of the ranks before opening this James Beard Award–winning restaurant in 1998, admits he's crazy. Crazy because of the care he takes to draw out the truest and most concentrated flavors, to track down the freshest fish, to create one-of-a-kind wine pairings. But for this passionate Marseilles transplant, there's no other way. He marries French technique with global flavors and local ingredients. The menu changes quarterly, every dish (including dessert) matched with a select wine. Choose from a four- or six-course menu or the grand degustation (vegetarian and gluten-free options are available). Etched-glass windows screen the busy street-corner scene, and all within is mellow and serene with starched white tablecloths, fresh flowers, wood floors, and contemporary Island art. This is a memorable gastronomic experience.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 01-17-2014

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    BRAVO MAVRO!!!

    I can not say enough about this place--with all the freebies they threw in, it ended up being a 13 course meal--one more wonderful than the other.

    Be warned: their pourings of wine are generous and as you can imagine with wine paired after every course, you probably don't want to drive--they do offer to call customers a cab at the end of the meal.

    While we enjoyed other fine dining places like La Mer--we found Chef Mavro's unpretentiousness and food to be the hands down winner.

    by Golnarsarge, 12/17/08
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    Excellent - the best restaurant Oahu but...

    ...if you're looking for bold, large portioned, comfort style food - don't come here. Chef Mavro is definately not to everyone's ideal of what an expensive restaurent meal should be and it wouldn't be for everyday eating but for a treat or those who appreciate exciting and innovative matches of flavours, it does not get better than this. The only way to go, is the set menu with wine pairing, you don't have to stick to the menus though and can add/omit or change from other menu's for each course. The wine pairings are often sublime with wine's I would never usually try, going incredibly well with the unusally flavoured plates. Everything on each plate is meticulously thought out and planned. Each flavour chosen for not only how it goes with section of the plate it's on - but with the overall plate. I'm not a desert fan usually but the deserts here are outstanding, with a Chocolate mousse infused with rosemary (!?!) standing out and a licourice flavoured icecream with a compote and black salt being another winner.
    Not every dish on the meal will stand out as exceptional - but it's objective, what works for one person may not work as well for another - what does stand out though, is at the finale of the meal, you've been through a two hour+ experience, an event and for us, something which leaves us satiated for a long time.

    by uksteven, 1/22/07

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