Cuatro Restaurant in Maui

Last week I was lucky enough to vacation in Kihei, Maui. I had read good reviews about a Latin/Asian fusion restaurant called Cuatro, so decided to drop in, try their food, and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

Instead of ordering a main dish, and maybe missing out on many gems, we ordered 3 appetizers (pupus as the Hawaiians call them) dessert, and of course a nice glass of wine.  My wine selection was the La Czar Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Sonoma Mountain.  I had not come across this wine before in Vancouver.  I have read a bit about it since.  The vineyards for this wine are on east facing slopes at elevation, which gives the grapes morning warmth, but then coolness at night.  This enhances the flavour in the grapes yet keeps the acidity in the grape, which means that you will get a wine with good fruit flavour and refreshing acidity.  This Sauvignon Blanc, was very elegant.  It was not as high in acid as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but still enough to make your palate water.  The aromas and flavours were flowery with some citrus. Nice.

The appetizers were:
– Duck Breast Quesadilla,
– Calamari, and
– Seared Ahi Tuna on Roasted Vegetables.

The star of the appetizers to me was the Seared Ahi Tuna on Roasted Vegetables. The tuna was done just right.  Nice and red in the centre. A latin (cumin, chile) spice mixture was applied to the tuna before grilling.  It was topped with a caper condiment, then the plate had a creamy sauce with balsamic vinegar.  The La Czar Sauvignon Blanc went nicely with the tuna, balancing out the many flavours in the tuna.

The Calamari appetizer was cooked perfectly.  No chewy squid here.  The batter was nice and light, and the acidity in the wine balanced the deep fried calamari and the creamy dipping sauce.  The duck breast quesadilla came with 3 different sauces: a salsa, guacamole, and a slightly sweet creamy sauce. I liked the duck with the salsa the most.

The dessert was Ice Cream with Fruit and Caramel Sauce, and it was big enough for 2 people to share. It came with two scoops of vanilla ice cream,  chopped fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and banana), and topped with caramel.  Too bad they did not have any late harvest wine on the menu to pair with it.  Quite an enjoyable evening.

If you are vacationing in Kihei, drop by Cuatro. Cheers.

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