Six Nights in Maui
Am heading to a meeting at the Four Seasons in mid-July.
Tentative list for dinners are:
Gerrard's & Merriman's
I know most are a hike, but I am happy to drive great distances for great food. Would you leave my list as is? If you think there are better options, which of my choices would you opt out of?
Recently tried Ko at the Kea Lani and was impressed. The fried rice was delicious and the fish preparations were very good. The setting may seem a little random since you sit poolside and the view is off in the distance, but the food and service were worth two visits. Also, the Menu and Wailea magazines have coupons in them for the restaurant so that helps. A favorite is also Ferraro's at your hotel, lovely setting and good food.
Agree that HGS and Mama's are must do's and the Waterfront is solid as well. Had the fish in the Island style preparation and it was amazing. Their crab legs are good too. And they mix great cocktails in the bar.
If you like shirmp, you may want to check out Buzz's Wharf in the harbor as well. The sweet Tahitian prawns are delicious and their clam chowder is one of the best I've had.
Buzz's Wharf Restaurant
Maalaea Hbr, Haiku, HI 96708
We just got back from Maui this week. We didn't eat at any of the places on your list except Merriman's. I thought it was superb and nearly flawless in almost every way, from location, views, decor, service, wine list and particularly the food. So many chefs claim fresh, local, quality ingredients as their culinary philosophy that it doesn't really mean that much anymore and it certainly does not guarantee excellent cuisine, but with Merriman's it really is true and the results are impressive and I'm pretty critical with a culinary background in California wine country. I'd highly recommend Merriman's.
Merriman's - Kapalua
1 Bay Club Place, Lahaina, HI 96761
I would definitely eat at Spago. Their chef just won the 'Aipono award for best chef on Maui 2010. Hopefully he'll have his tomato water and other wonderful items when you are there.
I would also not miss Hailiimaile General Store, they serve lunch which is a great thing.
You would have a long drive from Gerard's & Merriman's back the the FS. David Paul has his new restaurant which I also definitely suggest.
3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
I would recommend Lahaina Grill, HGS, Merriman's, and I'O.
I was never that impressed by Mama's - way too touristy, and not that great IMHO.
Sansei is good, but for the best sushi - hit up Koiso in Kihei - the BEST uni I have ever had
Also some other good spots in Paia - others can probably elaborate.
Have fun !
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761