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Hawaii report--Maui

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Hawaii report--Maui

Ann Fisher | Dec 1, 2004 07:11 AM

My great regret was that the Honokowai Okazuya and Deli, very close to our condo, was closed for the week.

Hits: Mama’s Fish House. Wow! What a location! What food! I had the opakapaka and it was magnificent beyond words. Bill had the shrimp wontons and the pork sandwich(which came with sweet potato fries and an Asian slaw). The wonton wrappers were so thin it was more like eating tempura. Our Sunday lunch bill came to $75 and seemed like the best bargain of the trip.

Sansei (Kapalua): Not the wow of Mama’s Fish House, but pretty darn good and very reasonable if you can get in line soon enough to get seated and get your order in by 6 so you qualify for the early bird 25% discount. We had the rock shrimp appetizer and I had an excellent seafood pasta with Japanese papardelle noodles in a spicy black bean chili butter that was more than I could finish. Thank goodness we were staying in a condo so I could bring it home where it tasted just as fabulous the next day.

Wei Wei BBQ and Noodle House
Searched this one out based on Wendy-san’s CH report. Couldn’t find it the first time because our map didn’t include this street, which, it turns out, is only two blocks long. For anyone else searching it out, it helps to know that it’s on the corner of Mill Street, which is much easier to find. Very good Singapore noodles. Very cheap. Would absolutely return and work my way through the menu.
- 210 Imi Kala St. - Wailuku

The Feast at Lele
To tell the truth, this was great as much or more for the entertainment than for the food. But the overall package–nice tables on the beach, beautiful sunset, live music, great dancing, and interesting food–made it a value even at $100 or whatever it was per person.

Misses:
China Boat (Kahana). I suppose it was only mediocre, not terrible, but I get such good Chinese food in Chicago that it was a real disappointment. The menu was all Chinese-American standards, but I ordered the shrimp with Chinese greens in hopes of getting something more authentic. Wrong. It came with the same mixed Chinese-style vegetables as every other dish we ordered–broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and bamboo shoots. At $50 for two, this was the worst value of the trip.

Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie (Napali). A far cry from the Mama who has the fish house, that’s for sure. The ribs were inedible mush. The chicken was fine, but nothing more than you can get in any supermarket these days for half the price. I shudder at the memory.

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