Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua unveils new signature restaurant

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The Banyan Tree at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is led by chef Isabelle Toland, who was born in France and spent her teenage years in the Philippines.
The Banyan Tree at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is led by chef Isabelle Toland, who was born in France and spent her teenage years in the Philippines.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua debuted a new signature restaurant, the Banyan Tree, at the start of June.

Chef Isabelle Toland has crafted a menu featuring Hawaiian recipes influenced by Mediterranean cooking techniques, and the restaurant features an open design with expansive views and a hand-crafted bar.

Toland, born in Bordeaux, France, spent her teenage years in Manila, Philippines, and also brings French and Filipino flavors to the dishes that highlight local produce and proteins.

"Growing up with a French dad and a Filipino-Spanish mother, food has always been a part of my upbringing. It's a culture, as opposed to a choice," Toland said in a statement. "My parents have always been travelers and so have I. I am grateful to be a world nomad with many cultures involved in my cooking and lifestyle."

The menu includes the Chef's Great Sea and Harvest towers, which includes a specially selected caviar, Hawaiian sweet bread, and Kona Maine lobster lumpia. Banyan Tree is open for dinner nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The opening of Banyan Tree is part of a resort-wide food and beverage revamp, including Ulana, a breakfast-only restaurant, Olu, a poolside restaurant, and Kai Cafe, a new health-conscious grab-and-go establishment with a variety of items. 

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