There’s something about eating meat that is so satisfying. I get these really primal cravings that drive me to search out a macho culinary experience. It was during one of these moments that I headed to RB Black Angus Steakhouse in Kahana, Chef Raul Bermudez’s third restaurant on Maui, which opened in the newly renovated Kahana Gateway location that used to be an Outback.
There’s a lot of versatility at RB. You can bring the family, you can sit at the bar or you can do a romantic dinner for two. The dimly lit dinning room is enhanced with dark wood, highlighted by white tablecloths topped in white butcher paper. Kids are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a fancy event, it can be a casual dinner out—the difference is getting to eat Chef Bermudez’s creations, which set this steakhouse apart.
Chef Bermudez happens to be a local boy from the west side, and that lends a unique perspective to the restaurant and its extensive menu. There are appetizers, salads, soups, a multitude of different meats, cuts and preparations and a terrific dessert menu. There was going to be a lot for my stomach to process so my strategy was to take my time. The big surprise on the menu for me was the escargot appetizer, served with toasted hot bread and a delicious aioli. Chef Bermudez personally recommended that dish and it was so good I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Another rich and satisfying pupu is the lobster fritters served with both a creamy and a spicy dipping sauce.
I love that the dinner menu allows you to create your own meal. You choose your meat and cut, choose any sauces and preparations with it, and select your sides. Those who want an alternative can opt for seafood, pork or chicken. But this is Maui’s first certified Black Angus steak house, in fact the first in the state, so I’d recommend giving the beef a try. Certified Black Angus beef is the cream of the crop, representing less than 8 percent of the U.S. beef market. What that means to you and me is a really tender, juicy, properly aged, flavorful piece of meat.
I had the New York cut served medium rare with asparagus and a baked potato. The potato comes trimmed with whatever you like from butter to sour cream to chives. It was very high quality, completely delicious. Although quite full, I still ordered coffee and chocolate cake, offering a sweet conclusion to my carnivorous night. MTW