Vacationists coming from the paradise-like haven of Maui have a lot to say about the beautiful tropical beaches, the warm balmy weather and the breath-taking sights that they see as they tour around the island.
But they’re missing one important point- Maui is home to some of the most delectable local foods, probably equal to the how it is one of the most popular vacation sites in the world. True, there are plenty of plenty of food choices all over Hawaii, but Maui is blessed with a mouth-watering culinary scene, which is reason alone to book a trip to the island.
The best restaurants in Maui offer a diverse range of savory dining all year round. The ingredients are the key- freshly caught fish, sugarcane plantations and home-grown produce all make up fresh, delicious cooking. A good itinerary when visiting Maui would be putting in sufficient time to sample the foods Maui has to offer.
Here are 5 of the best Maui restaurants you should try:
1. Mama’s Fish House
The seafood-rich restaurant is also rich in the historical sense that it’s the first fresh fish dining in all of Maui. You can find Mama’s in Ku’au, just at the edge of the North Shore. If you love to enjoy great food while soaking in the sights, you won’t be disappointed. The view of the North Shore will make you stop and stare; the amazing sunset is a once-in-a-lifetime event you won’t soon forget!
Diners can select from a rotating choice of Polynesian-influenced cuisine. All seafood served here are caught everyday by local fishermen. What’s more, you get to see local sustainable products utilized in an ingenious manner. Of course, only the freshest ingredients are used, which translates to the taste and the way the dishes are presented. The selection of cocktail is diverse, fresh and totally unique.
If you want a taste of the foods that were caught or produced that day, then Mama’s Fish House is one of the best dining choices. You get to eat a 5-star meal in an elegant setting!
Morimoto’s is over at Wailea’s Andaz Maui Resort. Sounds familiar? That’s because Morimoto’s is bequeathed as the name after the famous chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. Anyone who has dined in this restaurant will say it is one of the best places in Maui. Picture a delicious meal on a magnificent backdrop of Mokapu Beach, and you’ll have an idea of how good it can get. Their best-sellers include juicy steaks, fresh fishes and hand-rolled sushi. The cocktail menu presents a diverse selection of Western and Japanese drinks.
Come to Morimoto’s if you want to taste world-class sashimi and sushi. A sample of Aged Morimoto Sake will do wonders for your appetite. The sorbet is a notable dessert, and you can choose a variety of Doughnut flavors such as apple banana cheesecake, sake caramel and Waialua chocolate for a sweet conclusion!
The Four Seasons Resort over at the Wailea has a treasure, and its name is Ferraro’s. This fine restaurant offers a breath-taking oceanfront view as you dine in over lunch or dinner. There’s live music from Tuesdays till Saturdays. The establishment also holds one of the best South Maui vantage points for a truly unforgettable sunset; couples can take their food outside for a lovely picnic and enjoy a muddled cocktail before or after a sumptuous meal.
You can look forward to 3 things here- a menu like no other, efficient service and a great view of Maui.
Try their reimagined Pacific Rim and classic Italian fusion dishes, or ask the waiter for a recommendation. The whole menu may remind you a bit of rustic Italia. The service is amazingly excellent. Health-conscious diners can also avail of the vegan food that tastes absolutely delightful!
4. Ka’ana Kitchen
Ka’ana Kitchen is located over at the notable Andaz Resort in the Wailea area. It holds the distincion of being Andaz’s signature family-themed restaurant. You can eat here during dinner and breakfast. While being relatively new, Ka’ana Kitchen has gained prominence quickly, thanks to its unbeatable combination of modern culinary innovations and old world cooking.
Eating local takes a whole different meaning here. The stunning ocean views, friendly staff, airy and expansive dining room and the cocktail selection is perfect for fine dining experiences and for the truly special occasions. You can get the all-you-can-eat brunch and satisfy your palate, then get a treat with the restaurant’s very own mixologist.
Breakfast consists of Maui Mimosas, a cup of freshly brewed local coffee and a sampling of traditional breakfast fare with a twist of Maui- heirloom tomato salads, Eggs Benedict and Kalua Pork Eggs with ponzu hollandaise sauce, and eggs and bacon with paniolo potatos. Dinner is equally delicious, with a lot of first-rate food items.
5. Hali’imaile General Store
Cap off your Maui experience with something that you can share with friends and family when you get back home. Did you know that you can eat great-tasting food while lounging at a volcanoes’ slopes? Hali’imaile General Store was once a pineapple plantation, but is now a classy spot that serves scrumptious meals for those who intend to explore the farms and pastures of UpCountry in Maui. A vantage point at the top of a volcano makes for some great pictures!
Don’t worry about volcanic activity, as the volcano is dormant. You can reach the restaurant by starting in the Paia Town and making your way up to Baldwin Avenue. The 10-minute drive reveals a rustic restaurant in the midst of sugar cane fields. Listen to the rich local history as you browse through a menu consisting of Asian-style, Pacific-Hawaiian Regional and American-Pacific cuisine. Hali’imaile is literally the melting pot of island-style soul food that you’ll want to sample!
Some of the famous food found here include Bev’s Famous Crab Pizza, the “Plate Lunch” of Hali’imaile, Paniolo Pork Ribs, Furikake Coconut Shrimp and Crusted Ahi, Togarashi Shishito Peppers, Popcorn Shrimp and Goat Cheese Wontons & Kalua Pork. Relax and lay back with a veritable selection of refreshing cocktails, or order some amazing desserts in the form of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Lilikoi Creme Brulee.