Big Island Flatbread @ Tangaroa Terrace

Price: $10.00

When: October 26, 2017, 12 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

I’m meeting a friend for lunch at Tangaroa Terrace. I had the Kaula-Style Pork Flatbread on the last visit, and really liked it. Something like that sounds pretty good for today.

I go over the choices, and see the “Big Island Flatbread.”

Let’s give it a try.

Tangaroa is one of those places where they give you a number when you order, and then they bring the dish over when it’s done. So I’m sitting at the table, enjoying the conversation, when suddenly a Friendly Cast Member appears to my right with a tray full of food. She sets it down, smiles, and departs.

Here we go.

The Kalua-Style flatbread offered an interesting color and texture palette, plus an enticing smell. The Big Island, on the other hand, looks like a Hawaiian pizza that was designed by a five-year-old. Lots of cheese, lots of pineapple. Square chunks of ham. Not much sauce. (And not much smell coming off the dish, either.)

Hey, looks aren’t everything, right? It’s about the taste of the thing. So how’s that?

Sadly: not great.

The flavors, when they arrive, are muddled. The crust is biscuit-style: not bad. But the sauce is pretty darned mild. The ham barely shows up. The cheese is hiding somewhere behind the ham. Which leaves our friend, the pineapple, to carry most of the flavor load. However, the pineapple is just … sweet. So this winds up being pineapple sweetness + mild ham flavor + light biscuit crust. Not great.

Look, kids might like it. But it’s not good flatbread. Get something else when you’re at Tangaroa.

Not recommended.