Grand Hyatt Kauai Cooks Up Gluten-Free Dining Guide

The Grand Hyatt Kauai’s new guide helps food-sensitive clients eat with ease By: Marty Wentzel
A gluten-free scallop dish is served at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.// (c) 2011 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
A gluten-free scallop dish is served at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.// (c) 2011 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

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Grand Hyatt Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa launched a dining guide that lists gluten-free menu items at the resort’s six restaurants and lounges.

Considering the growing number of food allergies in the population, the guide is a welcome tool for many travelers, said Grand Hyatt Kauai executive chef Larry Eells, whose team carefully developed the recipes.

“If people are worried that a dish as a whole or its sauce might have gluten in it, they will have a hard time savoring the flavors of the food and enjoying their experience,” said Eells. “Offering them a definitive guide to their options at each of our restaurants and lounges provides assurance that they will be able to relax and enjoy their time with us.” 

Restaurant choices at the hotel include Tidepools, whose thatched-roof bungalows are set over a tropical lagoon. Tidepools has a long list of gluten-free menu items including corn and vanilla soup, chilled Kauai shrimp, Hawaiian opah, macadamia nut mahi mahi and New York strip steak.

At Dondero’s, the resort’s Italian restaurant, gluten free pastas are available upon request for any dish. Diet-conscious clients can also order the likes of skewered lamb, sauteed calamari, Caesar salad, bistecca and verde mista.

Other Grand Hyatt restaurants included in the gluten-free dining guide are Seaview Terrace, with worry-free organic goat cheese salad, tropical smoothies, spicy shrimp cocktail and a bunless Angus burger.

At Stevensons Library, an elegant cocktail lounge, gluten-free appetizers include edamame (soybeans), sunomono (vinegared cucumber salad) and various sushi items like spicy tuna roll and Thai hamachi (yellowtail).

Yum Cha, the hotel’s Asian dinner restaurant, presents dishes like ginger chicken salad, pad Thai noodles, wok-fried lobster and prawns, and green tea brule.

Gluten-free menu options at Ilima Terrace, serving breakfast and lunch, include steel cut oatmeal, blackened tuna, mahi mahi sandwich with gluten-free bread and flourless chocolate cake.

Discriminating diners can’t go wrong when ordering Poipu Bay Clubhouse’s Dungeness crab hash and Hawaiian seafood cobb salad.

At The Dock, the carefree dining continues with the likes of hummus and vegetables, summer rolls, fish tacos with corn tortillas and a pineapple boat.

There are plenty of delicious gluten-free choices at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s luau as well. Examples include Maui onion and tomato salad, lomi lomi salmon, poi, kalua pork and fresh fruit.

Share the Stars, the hotel’s reservations-only gourmet private dining option, can create a gluten-free menu with such delicacies as samosas, coconut lobster bisque and prime rib.

Clients can get a copy of the gluten-free dining guide from their Grand Hyatt Kauai server, hostess or concierge.  

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