Acclaimed Chef DK Kodama keeps on the road to success with restaurants on three islands. On Maui, he's got Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bars in Kihei and Kapalua; and Yogurt Land stores in Kahului and Kaanapali.
Now, he's about to evolve his restaurant world some more by changing the name of his Cane & Taro at Whalers Village in Kaanapali to Maui Fish & Pasta in the near future.
"I brought my chef-partner Ivan Pahk to Cane & Taro as his full-time job to turn around the food," says Kodama. "I also sent my other chef, Keith Endo, to Italy to study pasta. And, he worked with the famous San Francisco restauranteur, Nunzio Alioto, to learn tricks with cioppino, ravioli and more. Now, we're proud of our pasta."
Cane & Taro’s Sous Chef Richard Barnes sits down to showcase some new pasta dishes that are on the menu.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
All made in house, pasta is being served at Cane & Taro even before the name change. Do try it as it's as good as it gets.
You may order the Osso Buco on fresh linguine with fresh shiitake mushrooms and broccoli rabe with a rich demi glace.
Or try the shichimi (seven flavors of chili peppers) dusted opah on housemade squid-ink pasta with basil pesto, haricots verts (green beans), shimeji mushrooms and local radishes.
Seafood lovers will want to try the jumbo Mexican white shrimp with Marzan tomato sauce on pasta ; and tenderloin tips in red-wine Bordelaise sauce on thick Mafalda pasta.
"With his first, new menu, Ivan is moving towards a real 'farm-to-table' theme in addition to featuring fresh, homemade pastas and at least five fresh fish specials every night," says Kodama. "It is all still geared to the families.
For more details, call Cane & Taro at 662-0668.