Brown’s Beach House

I don’t think I ever mentioned this before, but on the weekends (and some weekdays) I am a wedding photographer.  One of the best perks is all the great food I get to experience… plus no weird looks when taking photos of the food since that’s part of the “job”.  The last wedding had some of the best food ever, at the Brown’s Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid in Kohala.

Paauilo vanilla Keahole lobster bisque (island raised)

Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this bisque.  The first taste is an intense sweet and rich hit of lobster with a nice touch of sherry and hints of vanilla.  The beauty of this is that the lobster and even the vanilla is locally grown! In the middle is an extra soft medallion of something (sorta like an extra soft tofu texture or custard), matching the smoothness of the bisque… not really sure what it was.  When you break the it, it instantly soaks up all of the flavors of the bisque, just melting in your mouth. Very possibly the best liquid form of food EVER.

A fresh salad with heirloom tomatoes and two kinds of beets.  I don’t normally eat beets, and I think it has been mostly because of bad experiences from canned beets.  This salad totally changed my impression though.  I love beets now.  Croutons were so good and it was dressed perfectly.

Kiawe Grilled New York Strip

with mashed potatoes mixed with sweet corn, asparagus, and some of the most delicious mushrooms (I think these were local hamakua mushrooms)… the steak was wonderful, served with a rich demi-glaze.

Here are the huge mushrooms.

Also served, but not mine was fresh mahi-mahi.  I had a bite and it was very fresh and perfectly cooked.

I was stuffed already, but I could not turn down a chocolate mousse cake.  So rich .

I’m coming back here some time later for sure on a special occasion with just my wife and I so we can thoroughly enjoy a meal.  The service was very nice and our table was right on the beach, like literally on the sand.  It is a very romantic restaurant.

Brown’s Beach House
Fairmont Orchid
1 North Kaniku Drive 
Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii  96743

10 Responses to “Brown’s Beach House”

  1. Coconut Willy Says:

    Yum-O. Now I’m getting hungry!

  2. Kevin Says:

    I recall going here a few anniversaries back with my lovely girlfriend. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was charming. Very romantic! We were out on the beach and the view was breath taking. To top it all off, there was live entertainment! How can you go wrong?! A definite must for those who seek passion in their love life! =o)

  3. Kirk Says:

    Hey James – Some folks have all the luck, or is it all the perks!! ;O)

  4. MC Says:

    That looks divine! I love Hawaii, I was there for about a week on a visit and it was lovely! The food was great! Pricey, but great!

  5. The Weekend Gourmet Says:

    Your photography is great. I am working on mine. Thanks for the wonderful tips on Big Island Grinds – ALoha! Yvonne

  6. Marina Miller Says:

    One of the best wedding meals yet! Thanks for all your help that day James!

  7. Jack Says:

    Sounds great, be sure to post the review at and tell us more!

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