The Banyan Tree: Chef Isabelle's "Bella" Masterful Dishes
Recently appointed, Chef Isabelle "Bella" Toland runs The Ritz Carlton Kapalua’s signature restaurant The Banyan Tree. Chef Bella leads all culinary operations with extensive industry experience and an impressive resume. Prior to joining The Ritz-Carlton, she worked at Travassa Hana, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and at Spago at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.
Words by Markin Abras
Born in Bordeaux, France and having lived her teenage years in Manila, Philippines, Chef Bella often draws inspiration for her dishes from the flavors and ingredients found in these traditional cuisines. Chef Bella went on to develop her skills further with a formal education at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. When Chef Toland is not in the kitchen, she enjoys spending time with her husband, scuba diving, hiking, and traveling to remote places around the world to explore new culinary ventures.
Chef Bella’s menu is comprised of “Roots of Kapalua” (appetizers), “Gathering Place” (main dishes) and desserts -- all made with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. Roots of Kapalua features four starters: catch ceviche, lobster lumpia, the farmer's tomato salad, and the local greens. Gathering Place features five delightful dishes, including Mahi Mahi (lemongrass coconut sauce), fried chicken (tossed in a sweet and spice soy glaze), filet mignon (charred chimichurri and local vegetables), Bella's Pancit (seafood palabok noodles) and the Fisherman's Seafood Pot (daily catch, spicy coconut broth). Chef Bella's desserts are delicious and tastefully presented --Bibingka & Tea (butterless mochi, ginger turmeric tea), Kula Berry Cobbler (strawberries, nut crumble, Hawaiian ice cream), and fresh daily ice cream and sorbets.
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The Banyan Tree
1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Lahaina, HI 96761
Open daily from 5pm-9:30pm
For info regarding Ritz Carlton visit www.ritzcarlton.com