Merriman's Maui - Updates/Tips for 2013?
Finally made a reservation to try this place out. Previously, on our trips to Maui our "upscale" dinner has twice been at Mama's Fish House. We've also been to Hali'imaile General Store as well as Lahaina Grill and enjoyed both.
Favorite dishes there--Kurobuta Kalua Pig & Sweet Onion Quesadilla, wok charred ahi, pineapple upside-down cake? Or a favorite table?
Our reservation is for 5pm, so hopefully we'll have a view of the sunset?
We usually just sit at the bar (go figure...), but the bar is away from the best view of the sunset, although you can still technically see it. For a table, ask for a table on the west side of the restaurant on the main level. There are more tables slightly outside that are closer to the water but also a bit lower. The best view of sunset is from the patio, however, where they only serve a bar menu and drinks, not full dinner.
The Quesadilla for sure. I do not recommend the Pupu taster, as the dish with Kula strawberries and goat cheese is just not that great. Macadamia Nut crusted Monchong > Wok charred Ahi (I want to like this one, but it is just not special). Macadamia Nut Garlic rice and creamed local corn also highly recommended. Dessert: the Chocolate Purse and Malasadas.
Now, on to the bar. This has (thus far) been one of the best placed to get a cocktail on Maui. The Merriman's Mai Tai (minus the lilikoi foam for me - this was a new addition the last time we went) is good and strong and I have enjoyed the Bourbon & Hibiscus as well. I'm guessing you have also found their rum list online. For some reason, at the restaurant they have a regular cocktail list as well as their rum list and a list of special rum cocktails. The rum and rum cocktail list, though, is hidden at the back of the wine list for some reason. Sadly, they don't measure like I wish they would, but at least there is some quality here.
Hope you like it.
We will sometimes sit on the patio first for sunset and have a drink and the Quesadilla then move inside for dinner. Problem is that sunset is 6-6:30 and it can be hard to kill 2 hours without eating/drinking too much. It shouldn't be busy at 4 pm because the sun is still pretty high. It really starts to pick up 5-5:30 for the sunset. You can pretty much always find a seat, but it might not be right at the edge of the patio.