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Honolulu fine dining Madre chocolate and Hammons black walnuts

Pastry Chef  Lynette’s current fine dining dessert at Chef Mavro restaurant includes Madre chocolate from the Big Island crisped with Hammons black walnuts hand harvested from wild trees in the mid-west.  Chef Lynette always seeks out the most delicious ingredients for her innovative desserts.  Her relationship with Kailua, Oahu based Madre chocolate ensures that she receives their very best chocolate from Big Island farms. Then she brings in fresh black walnuts from a family-owned business in Missouri to crisp the Madre chocolate block. This flavor-packed dessert also features a white chocolate ball with chopped fresh Perigord truffles rolled in cocoa nips, tarragon ganache, pear coulis, and molokai black salt.  Wine Pairing:   Alvear, “Solera 1927” Pedro Ximenez, Montilla-Morilles, Spain

Katei Gaho Honolulu photos of Chef Mavro catering

Gorgeous photos by Katei Gaho of Chef Mavro catering at famous Honolulu home! Top Japanese Magazine Katei Gaho followed Chef Mavro to the prestigious Liljestrand House on Tantalus for a private lunch. Then the crew visited the Honolulu fish auction and many of Chef Mavro’s boutique farmers who grow the specialized produce featured in the many famous dishes of this fine dining Honolulu restaurant. Catering at private homes in Hawaii and around the world is another service offered by James Beard award-winner Chef George Mavro.

Here’s a link to see more of the Vladimir Ossipoff designed Liljestrand House A one-0f-a-kind setting for Chef Mavro inspired Hawaii Regional Cuisine.


Chef Mavro catering in Katei Gaho magazine


Fresh Truffles earn rave reviews at Honolulu restaurant

Fresh truffles at Chef Mavro  Fresh Perigord truffles sliced tableside over special recipes. See complete Winter Truffle Menu to whet your appetite for these rare delicacies. Available now for a limited time only.

Chef especially recommends truffle-friendly recipes for this fine dining option including: Peterson Upland Farm Egg, the Lamb Harissa, the Big Island Feta Long Peppercorn, the Chocolate Burgundy Truffle and the Catch Rataouille among others.  One of the many reasons Chef Mavro is recognized as a top Honolulu restaurant.




Honolulu Restaurant Chef Mavro Celebrates New Year’s Eve

Champagne & wine pairing at Chef Mavro New Year's Eve Gala

   Celebrate New Year’s Eve and the “Best of Provence and Hawaii” at Chef Mavro, Honolulu’s   top fine dining restaurant.  A gold and black decor will set an elegant stage for a feast of the world’s most rare and delicious treats. Reserve your table now as seating is very limited. 808-944-4714 or

the best of provence and hawaii

new year’s eve

grand degustation menu & with wine pairings

(Monday, December 31, 2012)


oursinade caviar

sea urchin froth, white sturgeon caviar, crème fraiche

wakatake, junmai daiginjo “onikoroshi” sake

egg – truffle

fresh périgord truffle “osmose” egg, from peterson’s upland farm

potato mousseline, chervil, serrano ham ribbons

domaine william fevre, 2010 chablis “bougros” grand cru

foie gras – balsamic vinegar

sautéed hudson valley foie gras, balsamic glaze, bed of savoy cabbage

mission fig poached in sweet wine, toasted portuguese sweet bread

château lamothe guignard, 1996 sauternes 2nd cru classé

onaga – ratatouille

long-tail red snapper, ratatouille “déclinaison,” zucchini ribbons

essence of basil & jus

domaine  ladoucette, 2009 pouilly fumé 

lobster – chorizo

keahole lobster à la coque, chorizo puff, crustacean essence

comtesse bernard de cherisey, 2010 puligny-montrachet premier cru “les chalumeaux”

duckling – chutney

grimaud farm muscovy duckling, gingered green papaya chutney

sweet kahuku corn fritter, “modern” bigarade sauce

antinori, guado al tasso estate 2008, bolgheri superiore

feta – long peppercorn

seared hawaii island goat dairy feta cheese, fried sage

apricot jelly, brick mille-feuilles, red onion confiture

rare hawaiian organic white honey

domaine des baumard, 2007 quarts de chaume 

le grand dessert 2013

“déclinaison” of island madre chocolate

warre’s, 1985 port 



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Honolulu restaurant now serving Fresh Perigord Truffles

By popular demand top Honolulu restaurant Chef Mavro is again flying in fresh Perigord truffles from France to add even more excitement to your fine dining experience of innovative regional cuisine. And adding a “Greatest Hit” recipe that is so  truffle-friendly! Look for the (t) next to the truffle-friendly recipes on the complete menu posted on this site. Reserve your table now for December and January. Chef’s “truffle” letter will be posted tomorrow.

Egg Truffle Osmose
peterson’s upland farm egg, truffle osmose, potato mousseline, chervil, serrano ham ribbons

wine pairing: jean-marc brocard 2010 chablis 1er cru “vaulorent”

Egg Truffle Osmose at Chef Mavro

North Carolina guests rate Chef Mavro on TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor review November 2012  “I would rank this dining experience above the French Laundry. I like the more comfortable atmosphere. We did the food and wine pairing, 6 course. And, what was nice, if you don’t like something you can switch out a curse. Waiter was wonderful and we enjoyed the experience, we will return when we come back to Oahu.”

Yelp and Tripadvisor on Honolulu restaurant Chef Mavro Elite restaurant review –  Russell from Honolulu   9/24/12     “Mavro continues to lead Honolulu in cutting edge cuisine.
The Degustation Menu never disappoints and the service has never been better.
The restaurant was packed last night (Sun) and Chef was making the rounds to a lot of smiling faces.” restaurant review Brooke from Honolulu


I walked into this dimly lit restaurant on my birthday thinking….’hmmm…its small but has a great romantic ambiance, how have I lived in Hawaii so long and driven by this restaurant time and time again?” But the BEST things come in small packages…..So, it was only fitting that the BEST MEAL I HAVE EVER EATEN, came from such a small Gem.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser recognizes Chef Mavro

Honolulu’s newspaper recommended Chef Mavro’s Autumn Menu in today’s entertainment section: “There’s also a new dessert on the menu by pastry chef Lynette Pflueger (who re-located from Washington State to join Mavro’s team): a chocolate burgundy truffle featuring Madre Chocolate with toasted black walnuts, a white chocolate tarragon ganache, pear coulis and dulce de leche topped with truffled white chocolate coated in cocoa nibs.” Chef Lynette's new Madre Chocolate dessert


Chef Mavro Opera Dinners add bubbles to evening at HOT’s Der Fledermaus

Don’t miss “Der Fledermaus” opening the Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) season this weekend. Again this year we offer Opera Dinners with complimentary house cocktails and a tableside welcome by opera-lover Chef Mavro.  Special Dinners: 4-course Pre-Opera 5:30 p.m. (early opening) Friday, October 12.  Also 4-, 6-course or Grand Tasting menus for Apres-Opera on Sunday, October 14 (flexible arrival times).  944-4714

HOT Stars Barbara Shirvis (shown here, plays Rosalinda) & Richard Troxell (who plays Gabriel von Eisenstein) loved dining with us last week and shared their review on the HOT blog.

Chef Mavro – 2012 Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in U.S. by Gayot

Chef Mavro at the Honolulu Fish Auction

Chef Mavro at the Honolulu Fish Auction

Gayot comments that “These ten restaurants serve the best seafood in America from sea to shining sea.”

Chef Mavro landed a coveted spot on the 2012 Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in the U.S., the only Hawaii restaurant on a list that includes Le Bernardin in New York City and Providence in Los Angeles.

“What can I say? I love seafood! I was born in the port of Marseilles surrounded by fishermen and fish mongers. Then I moved to Honolulu 25 years ago where I found the wonderful fish auction and a lot of familiar ingredients.  Being on this Gayot list with Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and other chefs who are passionate about seafood is a great honor,” comments Mavro.

Check out the new Autumn Menu and all the irresistible seafood dishes, as well as lamb, pintade and quail!

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