Food and Drink of Maui
We ate at several establishments around the island. This blog entry is simply going to highlight a few of the places we ate outside of our hotel.
Mama’s Fish House
We both LOVED Mama’s Fish House!!! This place is very popular and very expensive but I will say upfront it is very worth it! We made reservations a few days earlier and ended up canceling our Thanksgiving day reservations and instead ate here the day after Thanksgiving. We arrived slightly early and had a mai tai at the bar. This place had the best mai tai’s of any place on the island!!
Our server Steve was very professional and attentive. He later came over and discretely passed me a very lovely lei to give to my wife which was a nice touch.
The food was the star of the show. I had the best calamari I have ever had in my life here!! It was simply amazing!!! My wife had a fish dish that she really enjoyed and I had a Hawaiian sampler type of dish with several different Hawaiian delicacies which was very good!! The place was crowed and I understand it has some great ocean views however it was pitch black when we ate (due to our late reservation) so we couldn’t see the ocean. So next time we would try for a 5-6pm reservation for the sunset. Mama’s Fish House is a MUST DO in Maui.
Monkeypod is in Wailea and very close to the Andaz where we stayed. We were able to get dropped off by our hotel courtesy car but it is so close to the hotel we chose to simply walk back (15 minute walk). We arrived very early due to my wife always wanting to be early to most activities. They were still able to accommodate us promptly.
Overall the food and atmosphere is good. My wife ordered a wild mushroom pizza with truffle sauce which was excellent!! I had the fish tacos which were solid but not extraordinary. They also had some very good mai tais with an amazing amount of froth on the top! My wife liked her cocktail as well! We had Jalapeño poppers which were just ok.
If you are staying in Wialea Monkeypod is a great spot to mix it up and get some variety away from your hotel. We would eat here again.
Leoda’s kitchen and pie shop
Leoda’s was my favorite place to eat on Maui. My wife would give the nod to Mama’s Fish House however. We actually ate at Leoda’s twice because on our last day I couldn’t leave the island without having the seared ahi sandwich one last time!!!
The pies are very good and we tried the banana cream pie one day and the key lime pie on our last day. I asked the woman at the register before ordering is there anything on the menu that they are famous for or is the most popular? She responded “our ahi tuna sandwich is the bomb!” I am so glad I asked her this and she was 100% correct. This was the best sandwich I have had since 2011’s steak sandwich at the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico. I cannot get over how good it was!!! My wife then ordered one for herself on the last day and enjoyed it but not as much as me. My wife is not a huge raw fish fan however.
Bottom line here is I LOVE LEODA’s and YOU MUST EAT THE SEARED AHI TUNA SANDWHICH!!
Coconuts fish cafe
We stopped off for lunch at Coconuts fish cafe one day after seeing a positive online review somewhere. Its located in Kihei in sort of a strip mall area amongst other businesses.
They make a very flavorful fish taco here!!!! Super moist and full of a variety of flavors. My wife and I both had the fish taco’s and they are huge. They can be somewhat hard to eat, if your a careful eater just allow yourself to be sloppy here because the taco is going to fall all over the place because its so stuffed. Usually two fish taco’s isn’t enough to fill me up but I was stuffed after two so that tells you they are big!
It was busy there with many people taking their orders to go so there was plenty of seating available when we were there. You can tell this is a spot where a lot of locals go and we would most definitely eat here again.
One evening we stopped at Leilani’s which is pretty much right next to the Westin in Ka’anapali. I was not very hungry but my wife wanted to stop and get something small. We both had a cocktail and I just had an apple crisp desert while my wife had some fried shrimp and fries. The drinks were good and my desert was good however the shrimp wasn’t extraordinary but satisfying. I would not make it a point to eat here next time but it is popular and has great ocean views.
Over all Maui has some great restaurants and bars so get out there and sample as many as you can! I hope this blog post can help some of you that will be visiting Maui one day soon!