Mai Grille By Chef Allen Hess
Chef Allen Hess will tee off his new “Mai Grille” restaurant at Kings’ Golf Course on Monday, October 5, 2015. Well-known for his deliciously skilled preparations of what he calls “chef-driven, house made, farm-to-table comfort food,” Hess brings a fresh new energy and style to the table.
“We’re striving for a modern clubhouse with hand-crafted locally-sourced foods,” said Hess. “I’m inspired by good food, food that’s fun, really flavorful, and visually appealing.”
Mai Grille, “Home of Bacon,” features the Hess family’s artisan style, thick-cut bacon, which was named for their daughter Mai, 7.
“She loves the bacon business,” said Hess. “She loves cooking, loves to help with everything except pulling it out of the hot smoker.”
House made Mai Bacon will team up with aged top sirloin for Mai Grille’s signature “20/80” burger, 20% ground bacon and 80% local grass-fed beef. Other tasty-sounding twists on familiar favorites include bacon-wrapped Ali’i Mushrooms, Portuguese sausage corn dogs, smoked brisket tacos and fresh poke nachos.
On Sundays, a satisfying Brunch menu stars steamed crab legs and prime rib, served family style and priced per person. Craft beers from Big Island Brewhaus and others will be featured, along with creative cocktails and a wallet-friendly wine list.
“Our wine menu is going to be a great deal,” said Hess. “It will be good quality and quite affordable.”
Stepping out of the norm, Mai Grille’s entire wine list will be available by the bottle or the glass. They will also offer a white wine Sangria made with star fruit, pineapple and other local fruits, plus creative “farm to table” cocktails are featured including a “John Daly,” with Puako honey, iced tea and Jack Daniels.
Hess’ dinner menu is still in development, and it promises to be a unique culinary experience for the Kohala Coast, using the magic of today’s molecular gastronomy with Hawaii’s deep-rooted foods from island farms, ranches and fishermen.
Mai Grille, “Home of Bacon,” will be open daily for breakfast 7:30-11 a.m., lunch, cocktails and afternoon menu 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with Sunday Brunch served 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For restaurant information, call 808-886-7600.