i've sadly returned from my belated honeymoon in maui. here's a breakdown of our meals.
breakfasts: we stayed at the fairmont kea lani and had their breakfast buffet everyday. it had lots of choices and everything was fresh.
night 1: da kitchen kihei
i love plate lunches and was looking forward to trying this authentic place. i had the teriyaki beef & kalua pork combo. actually have had better kalua pork but the teriyaki was awesome. finished with a very tasty haupia (coconut) cream pie. huge portions, great prices.
night 2: roy's kihei
big mistake on my part. first off, we decided to go here because someone had given us a gift card. there is no atmosphere here and the service was amateurish. started with the crab cakes which is supposed to be one of their signature dishes. plate had two crab cakes the size of ping pong balls, totally over fried. shrimp and lobster dumplings were decent. i had the braised short rib and my husband had a local fish i think it's called shatomi. both entress were tasty and presented nicely. we shared the warm chocolate volcano cake. all in all, with two cocktails we went over our gift card by $40. honestly $40 was all this dinner was worth.
night 3: sansei kapalua
my husband had been raving about this place since 2000. of course with huge expections. we were severly let down. first off we waited 30 minutes even with a reservation. the place is loud and crowded. the wait staff was not the friendliest and the menu was not as inovative as i had read about. although my husband did enjoy his poke sampler everything else was rather pedestrian.
night 3: dessert at pineapple grill
the pineaplle upsidedown cake with macademia nut ice cream is not to b missed. one of the best desserts i've had.
day 4: lunch at mama's fish house
THE highlight of our dining experiences on maui. i had read so many great reviews i never thought this place could actually be as good as everyone said. it was. complimentary valet parking. incredible beachfront location. and the freshest seafood. they actually tell you on the daily menu who caught the fish you are eating. they start you with the most wonderful homemade warm poppyseed bread. corn and crab chowder had huge pieces of crab and potato with just the right amount of spice. crab cakes were nice size and very tasty. mahi mahi stuffed with lobster and crab in a beurre blanc sauce. it was one of the greatest things i have ever eaten! it was perfect. it is pricey here but i would not miss the opportunity to dine here again if i was visiting maui.
night 4: hula grill
we just decided to have pupus because of our large lunch. had a maui onion soup that was weird because most of the onions weren't even cooked. mango bbq ribs also missed the mark. the sauce was lacking any sweetness. husband had a sashimi and said it was very fresh. the place turns into a picture taking FRENZY at sundown. so forget about relaxing to a nice quiet beautiful sunset dinner. not work the trek from the other side of the island.
night 5: what is worth the drive to kaanapali was pacific o's. very nice and attentive service. great location, virtually on the sand. the food was fresh (comes from the chefs own farm) and presented beautifully. we both had the grilled maui onion salad with herbed goat cheese which was delish. shared the basil thai shrimp wontons. absolutely yummy. entrees were the lapalapa lobster with tempura asparagus paired with a kim crawford new zealand chardonay. perfect birthday dinner and lovely sunset. even though people again were snapping pictures at sunset (including us) people were just more civilized about it.
night 6: cafe o' lei kihei
i wanted to go to nick's fishmarket at our hotel but my husband wanted to go out our last night. very bustling joint in the same strip mall as da kitchen but upstairs. the place was packed on a tuesday night. service was a bit lackadaisical. we had to ask for bread and water. crab cakes again (one of my favorite things obviously). they were large and tasty, not too much extra breading. husband had unagi and said it was really good. entrees were garlic shrimp. they were very large but there was no taste but garlic it was way too overpowering. the broccol and the steamed rice that accompanied were both overcooked.
husband had ono. it was very mild and tasted just like chicken.