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Dec 4, 2013 11:26 AM

The Banyan Tree - Closed?

I will be reaching Maui in the evening around 6pm and staying at Ritz Carlton, so was planning to have dinner at The Banyan Tree. Looks like teh place is closed :(
Please recommend a place in the area (Kapaluaā€ˇ, Maui). I'm looking for authentic Hawaiian cuisine. I will have a car, so anywhere on the island should be fine. I planning to cover following places during my stay in Maui.

The Plantation House
mama's fish house
Paia Fish Market
Ululani's Shave Ice
Coconut's Fish Cafe
Yee's orchard & fruit stand
Kihei Caffe

Please let me know if I'm missing anything/must go place. Also a replacement for The Banyan Tree?

Thank you

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  1. > Please let me know if I'm missing anything/must go place.

    You *already* got some great advice from terijoy (and others) previously on this thread:

    O'o Farm Lunch Tour
    Fish Market Maui
    Honokowai Okazuya and Deli
    breakfast at the Sea House or Gazebo
    Cafe Mambo
    Flatbread Co.

    See also Beach Chick, russkar, and Bill Hunt's posts on your previous thread.

    If you're only there for 4 days and 4 nights, this should be plenty. It's not like a big city where there are thousands of restaurants to choose from.

    Manage your expectations when it comes to food on Maui. This is, after, a very remote chain of islands and much of the food is still imported in from the Mainland, though has changed somewhat with the farm-to-table movement gaining steam in Hawaii.

    When we visit Hawaii, we gorge ourselves on local food. Restaurants that serve upscale Pacific Rim/Hawaiian fusion, Japanese, "plate lunch," and everything in between that we can't get at home.

    Look for items like fresh tuna poke (and all its variations), kalua pork, lau lau, chicken long rice, spam musubi, teri beef, chicken katsu, pipikaula, saimin, huli huli chicken, loco moco, lomi salmon, malasadas, shave ice, all manner of local fruit, local fruit jams and butters, various fruit breads (like mango bread), haupia (coconut pudding), Portuguese sweet bread, Maui onions/onion flavored chips, macadamia nuts, mochi, Roselani ice cream, Ono Pops, poi, mac salad, local coffee, local honey, local cheese, local chocolate, local fish & shellfish (abalone, lobsters, shrimp), local cookies, and anything and everything flavored with lilikoi (my husband's favorite).

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank You. Very helpful! I agree that given these islands are kind of isolated/far from mainland, the food expectations shouldn't be set too high.

      I was wondering if you have recommendations on what to order at these places, if any of these places have any particular dish that is a must?

      Thank You once again

      1. re: qwerty1120

        At any of the fish market places, I'd stick to ahi tuna poke or fish tacos.

        For any of the breakfast spots, most will offer macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup.

        Merriman's - see my thread here

        Mama's fish house - mahi mahi stuffed with lobster, Black Pearl dessert are probably their signatures/most famous

        Ululani's Shave Ice - whatever sounds good in terms of syrups + a snow cap + ice cream on the bottom

        Yee's orchard & fruit stand - Golden Glow mangoes

        Kihei Caffe - cinnamon roll French Toast, but it's not always available, if they have it, it's a daily special

        Do a search on here, you'll find many trip reports for a lot of the places mentioned. Yelp is also good for finding what the most popular dishes are at places. Also in general, try to find out what fish is fresh that day.

    2. It does appear that The Banyan Tree has been replaced.

      On our last stay, it was closed, but at that time, it was slated to reopen, with a refurbished venue. Seems that it, like the Anui nui Room, will be no more.