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Mama's Fish House Maui

CharlotteMichele | Dec 6, 2006 03:45 AM

What is it that brings carloads of diners to this out of the way location on Maui to drop beaucoup bucks for mediocre fish and tiki-room decor. We were urged to go here by my in laws who know their food and drink and we made the pilgrimage to the suburban Maui location and jammed into their parking lot to expectantly join other salivating howlies. Doesn't the name conjure up a big happy Hawaiian lady serving you on picnic tables in her backyard? Well guess again. The only Mama here is probably a nationally registered brand name in search of a franchising plan. We were shuttled in with great efficiency and given the drink menu which listed Mai Tai's for $15. Wait a minute, this isn't the Tonga Room at the Fairmount, it's some supposedly cutesy out of the way place. So we decided to cover our downside by splitting an appetizer ($22 tomatoe and blue cheese salad) and entree ($34 tiny piece of spearfish with a rub based upon Accent) and ordering the cheapest bottle of wine on the menu. ($32 for an Italian white). They brought us "freshly baked bread" that reminded me of what I made in my new home baking oven (since given to the Goodwill) and the home made ice cream tasted like ice milk from the supermarket. So my question is: What brings in all the folks and why are they so happy? Tables around us changed several times during our 1 1/2 hour meal. I felt lucky to get out with the bill at $145 for half a dinner. Mahalo.

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