Back from Maui!
Thank you to everyone for all the information on CH! It was invaluable and much appreciated.
We stayed at the Fairmont Kea Lani. We were in a villa – and oh my – are those nice. The ‘plunge pool’ was an enormous success as was the gas grill!
We did go to Costco for staples: grill-able meats, vegetables, snacks and drinks. We ended up shipping wine and so didn’t check the selection there – I wish I had just for curiosity’s sake. We stopped at Safeway (giggling like fiends because we were lowriding after the trip to Costco) and were pleased by the selection there. Also our cashier encouraged us to get the Safeway saver card which ended up saving us quite a bit.
Here’s a list of where we went and what we thought!
The Fairmont Kea Lani: a WONDERFUL breakfast buffet – I am not a fan of buffets but this was a very nice one. We also had dinner our first evening at Café Ciao and it was fine. We were tired and hungry. Our waitress was a peach and the appetizers were a big hit.
Spago at the Four Seasons: we were celebrating my in-laws 50th anniversary, there were 13 of us and our service was very efficient and friendly, a major accomplishment! I had an amazing Pina Colada Martini. Several of us had the poke appetizer, I would say it was just okay and I wouldn’t order it again. The tuna had a mushy, sticky feel to it and the cute little cone got stuck in my teeth (I’m certain that was more of a humidity issue than a quality issue). I was hoping for a fresh and light taste but that wasn’t what I got. The Cesar salad was good and I had the seared rare sashimi quality Ahi Tuna with edamame puree, tomato-ogo relish, pea sprouts and ginger miso butter. It was very enjoyable. However, Mr CF had the steamed Hapu’upu’u “Hong Kong” style and it was fabulous! He liked it as well and so I was only able to get a few bites of that. The Chef de Cuisine came out and spoke to us – a very nice touch – and he also signed a menu for my mother-in-law. I hoped to come back, just the Mr and me but we ran out of time.
Roy’s in Kihei: this was okay. We started with the poke and were hoping for the poke preparation we had come to love (fresh tuna, avocado, radish sprouts, soy) but it was a plainer, probably more original style. Not to worry though, we ate it with joy. I would say that everyone’s dinner was fine, no one complained but it wasn’t a dinner to remember. In fact I can’t remember what everyone’s dinner was!
David Paul’s Lahaina Grill: we have wanted to go here for years and finally made it. It was worth the wait and we would go back. Our waiter, Emilcar was very kind to me and brought me a glass of champagne while I waited for Mr CF as he parked the car. He also made allowances for a food allergy so that we could both have the tasting menu. We ordered wine ourselves, a Cliff Lede 2005 to start and a Sea Smoke “Ten” 2005 for our main course, both lovely wines. Mr CF had the Cake Walk – 3 little ‘cakes’ of a Kona lobster cake, a rock shrimp cake and an Ahi tuna cake. I had 3 little Ahi tuna cakes. Salads were small servings of both the Bufala tomato salad and the Caesar salad with a white anchovy. Mr CF went with the “land” side of the tasting menu and got small servings of the Kona coffee roasted rack of lamb, the Kalua duck and the veal chop – it was all wonderful. He said he would have eaten that duck till he popped. I went with the “sea” side of the tasting menu and had the sautéed Mahi-Mahi, and the Maui onion, sesame seed crusted seared Ahi – it was fine, I think that maybe I had had enough tuna already with the 3 tuna cakes for an appetizer. I wished I had gone with what Mr CF had! Desserts were yummy but I can’t remember what they were.
Tommy Bahama: I know, I know, a chain but the food was good, the drinks were great (a S’mores Martini – vanilla vodka, cream de caco( a clear chocolate liquor), a toasted marshmallow and a graham cracker rim - oh my!) and that was what we needed that night.
The Feasts at Lele: this was a really big hit with everyone. I have never seen my father-in-law look so happy – he was entranced by the hula girls – made me smile. I loved that it wasn’t a buffet and drinks were included. We had 2 waiters and they were attentive even though the place was packed. They took the time to bring me a few dishes to substitute for the shell fish items, which I thought was a very considerate thing for them to do, and made sure I knew what to avoid – no one was in the mood for an Epi-pen episode. Everyone loved the food and the different native dances.
Joe’s Bar and Grill: this was our last dinner on Maui, and it was very enjoyable. I didn’t take any notes that night and so have forgotten everything except that I had a fish that I swear our waiter said was a “gray snapper” – whatever it was it was very good.
We headed back to the hotel, hummed The Beverly Hillbillies theme song as we packed up our minivans, and headed to the airport.
That’s my story, thanks for listening and Aloha!