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Jul 27, 2007 06:50 PM

MAUI: please suggestion for special dining places for special occasion.

What are the very special places inMaui for special occassions? Why? Cost?

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  1. We spent a week in Maui in January.

    We had some great food from CH recs, but our favorite and most extravagant meal was David Paul's Lahaina Grill.

    Here's what we had:
    * Baked Escargot in curry butter (the curry was a delicious twist and not overpowering)
    * Seared Ahi and Foie Gras (melt in your mouth and a perfect pairing)
    * Tequila Shrimp and Firecracker rice (not a complex dish, but the flavors in the sauce were beautifully balanced - I'm still thinking about that sauce)
    * Maui Onion and Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi (even though we had seared ahi for an app, my husband couldn't resist this preparation...he wasn't disappointed. Both ahi dishes were fabulous.)

    Unfortunately, we were too stuffed for dessert - and I really wanted to try the Triple Berry Pie.

    It was expensive - apps in the $15 to $22 range and entrees $36 to $42. However, the food and the service were both superb. Our waitress was very attentive and gave us some great info about the island. I was afraid that the place might be overhyyped, but we had a lovely experience. It was one of the best meals we've had ever, and we've eaten at many fine restaurants. The restaurant itself is beautiful, but do note that it is not overlooking the beach. It is on a side street with shops.

    We were also pleased that they offered smaller versions of fish with rice and veggies for our children...not just the usual corn dog. Although, if you are looking for a special occasion place that is probably not a concern for you.


    3 Replies
    1. re: catroo

      We've dined at David Paul's several times and have always found it to be top notch.

      1. re: catroo

        Glad to hear good, re: David Paul's. We loved it years ago, but I've heard some mixed reviews lately. Seems that David Paul is not affiliated with the restarurant any longer. We'll be on Mau`i in several months, so I'm following all the fine-dining recs. there.


        1. re: Bill Hunt

          I recently saw him on Maui and he is working on a new project on that island.He remains cool as ever.

      2. We like Roy's! About $25 per person...