It’s no secret The Village at Meridian is quickly becoming the new “it place” in the Treasure Valley.
With chic shops, an innovative movie theatre and a mix of upscale and mid-range new restaurants moving in, the attraction is obvious.
Add to the offerings an atmosphere that can be described as more So-Cal than Boise, (except a lot colder and with an ice skating rink) and it’s no wonder Boiseans are making the trip to Meridian to check out The Village.
The Arbiter, being up on all things “happening,” also braved the cold to head out to Meridian and warm up with some island flavor at Kona Hawaiian Grill.
After indulging in their food, drinks and atmosphere, what more can be said than, “you should too!” (OK there is always more to say)
Kona Hawaiian Grill is truly an island-inspired oasis.
Boasting built-in fish tanks filled with all things tropical, it nearly feels like you have been transported to the islands.
The kitchen runs alongside the back wall of the restaurant, exposed for patrons to watch their food being dished up. Water fixtures, dim lighting and rustic-meets-modern décor round out this new restaurant.
Moving on to the drinks. Kona Hawaiian Grill has a large high-top bar that serves up everything from luau-inspired mixed drinks to Sake (rice wine served hot or cold) domestic and foreign beers and wine of nearly every kind.
Go for the warm sake paired with a cold Japanese Kirin bottled beer.
The food menu at Kona Hawaiian Grill can be a bit daunting at first with all of its diverse offerings ranging from pad-thai to sushi. If you are a fish-lover, start off with the cucumber salad topped with seared
The fish is cooked to perfection, seared on the outside and leaving the perfect proportion raw on the inside.
As for the sushi, try out the spider roll.
While some places can get it wrong, undercooking the tempura crab and leaving it hard or chewy, Kona Hawaiian Grill has nearly perfected this classic roll.
The pad-thai comes in a huge portion and is best when sprinkled with fresh lime.
Make sure you save room for dessert and, if you order the chocolate brownie, make sure to bring a friend or five along to finish off this massively portioned treat.
Luckily The Village at Meridian offers outdoor heating lamps scattered throughout the beautifully lit outdoor area so the huge helping at Kona Hawaiian Grill can be walked off in comfort.