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