Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill
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Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill Restaurant Review: Chef Jean-Marie Josselin, who brought Pacific Rim cuisine to Kauai with the now-defunct A Pacific Café, has ventured into a new geographic region and gustatory realm with this tapas restaurant. The sangría, ladled tableside, is delightfully refreshing, and comes in distinctive island flavors like lilikoi and lychee, in season. Local fish and produce, raw ingredients and the restaurant's kiawe-wood-burning oven are showcased on a lengthy menu that changes regularly. Signature pork bellies are slow roasted until they become melt-in-your-mouth tender, and are topped with a spicy apple kimchi. Another hit from the oven is the roasted island moi, served with soba noodles and a toasted nori vinaigrette. Plump shu mai are well-filled with Kauai shrimp and pork and paired with a zippy eggplant vinaigrette. Other winners are the roasted artichoke accompanied by flaky profiteroles stuffed with tangy local goat cheese and the tempura ahi roll, which is taken to new heights with the addition of a wasabi ginger beurre blanc. Some dishes, like the Korean-style seared short ribs, are just average. Still, the overall experience is sufficiently satisfying that you won't mind a few misses. Unfortunately, the noise level makes it difficult to converse.