I am writing this in Normandy, France - after eating "Veal Normandy" at many "top-rated" restaurants here - so you know my references. The La Bourgogne version is easily the best - and I am writing this review so that YOU will know. If you want the best, you need to go to La Bourgogne in Kona!
The ambience is NOT ocean front, palm trees, or "mai tais" - it feels like a cozy French country restaurant. From the moment you enter, you are transformed from parking lot and Kona activity to a different place and time. From the music to the friendly atmosphere, the husband and wife team of chef/owners will make you glad that you came!
If you have read this far, let's talk foie gras - with delicately grilled scallops and carmelized onion "confit". A masterpiece of complexity and yet delivered with simple perfection - every time! I have told friends and family that this is the only restaurant I have ever been to where you can close your eyes, point to anything on the menu and you will be happy!
The best seafood - of course - this is Kona! But also rabbit, duck, venison and much more. Escargot, French onion soup, any soup du jour is incredible - just too much to mention.
Obviously, I have been to La Bourgogne many times, but I have now been to many different French restaurants - not only in America, but all over France. I have lived in Hawaii almost 30 years and you cannot do better in this state. The French know fine dining - period. If you don't have time to go to France, you can be transported gastronomically in Kona at La Bourgogne.
Still reading? Chef Ron will recommend a wine (or wines) that will complement and enhance anything that you order and you will be amazed - I always am! Everything on the wine list is reasonably priced and all regions are represented. If you are looking for 20 pages of wines from Burgundy/Bourgogne, Bordeaux, or Côte du Rhône, you will have to go to France - but you only need one or two great wines for a memorable evening, and Chef Ron will make that happen.
The last time I ate at La Bourgogne was at a special evening/dinner in honor of Julia Childs. Everything was magnificent and you will see other reviews with details. Chef Ron held his prized cookbooks from Julia for all to see, and gave a personal introduction for each course. The labor of love was evident throughout the evening (as always) and just another example of what a special place La Bourgogne is!
Stop reading - just go - and savor the moment. Bon appétit!
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