Just returned from a nice week in Maui. Not really at all challenging or difficult or expensive dining if you didn't want it to be. We did splurge on one pricey restaurant, Pacific O (maui) Lahaina, the setting was beautiful on a patio right on the beach with the sun setting (so we had to eat early@around 6pm to catch it.) We were delayed getting to the restaurant because a mother and calf humpback were tailslapping at each other and we (along with virtually every other car on the road pulled over to watch the at least 10 minute encounter.) We were seated promptly even though showing up about 15 min. late for our 5:45 reservation and given a prime spot on the patio. The menu looked pricey as I knew it was going to be. We shared an appetizer of spring rolls ($11), which were presented artfully and came with a piece of lettuce and herbs to wrap the golden delicious rolls in. They were fine I get 2 larger spring rolls at the Oakland Farmer's Market @Splashpad for about $5 which are better but we're in Maui on the beach. The beach area right in front of us is backstage for the Feast at LeLe a luau so it's kind of fun to seethe dancers and spinners get ready for their show- it's really just tits and ass and can they shake (much better than any action I've ever seen at the Farmer's market. We also ordered a house salad (9.5) w/o bacon- good and a nice relief to have fresh organic greens. I had basil seared catch ($36) which was a large portion of incredibly fresh fish, over two kinds of rice and it had some veggies and a tomato fennel sauce that did not particularly shine, in fact as it got dark I couldn't tell exactly what I was eating. We also had pasta ele'ele' ($34)which featured wheat pasta with a cilantro pesto and blackened fish, this was the more successful of the entree's in my mind, but then I didn't have to eat the whole thing. It might have got boring. these entrees are large portions. On the menu they give wine recommendations for each item, we each settled on a glass of chardonnay both were delicious and about $10 each. We were too full for dessert.
I knew that this was the splurge restaurant of the trip, $30+ entrees should be exceptional imo, these were not, though very adequate and ample portion size. I wouldn't particularly go back. The chairs were cheap plastic chairs that got uncomfortable as the evening wore on. The service reasonable but nothing exceptional.
Read my next post for a great find- with exceptional fish at 1/2 the price and a much better vibe.