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Star Noodle - Not worth it

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wingman Feb 25, 2014 05:41 PM

Visiting Ka'anapali with my wife and stopped at Star Noodle for lunch today. We had attempted to have dinner a couple nights prior but there was a 1.5 hour wait so we opted to come back for lunch.

I can totally see the appeal of a place like this for an interesting menu concept but found the execution to be severely lacking. We ordered the pork buns, garlic noodles and Brussels sprouts. I found the cut of pork to be far too thick and not braised enough and the buns to be pretty close to wonder bread. The Brussels and garlic noodles were over oiled and didn't have a ton of natural flavor. Living in NY we have a lot of exposure to Korean fusion type cuisine especially at David Chang's restaurants so my expectations may have been skewed. I had really hoped Star Noodle would live up to the hype unfortunately I found the food passable at best.

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    kathryn Feb 25, 2014 08:42 PM

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like they have really suffered since the loss of their chef. As a NYer who frequents the Momofuku restaurants, I really appreciate your point of view. The signature items always read as faux Momofuku to me.

    1. DriverPhil Feb 26, 2014 02:53 PM

      We're talking about Hawaii, not New York. The place is fine, the food enjoyable - but it ain't the big city.

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        kathryn Feb 27, 2014 07:34 PM

        True but judging from people's reactions online to Star Noodle, you'd think it was the best restaurant in Maui. I think a lot of the raves may be from those who don't have excellent Asian fusion at home.

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        socaldesign Feb 28, 2014 11:09 AM

        Ate there 2 nights ago and again for lunch yesterday. Full review later but overall a great experience. First, you can call ahead up to an hour before you arrive to be put on the wait list. Second, as someone else noted, this is Maui. Macadamia encrusted Mahi Mahi is the go to dish of most high end restaurants with Surf and Turf a close second.

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          wingman Feb 28, 2014 11:30 PM

          Saying average, at best, food is out of this world due to location is like saying Antarctica has amazing weather based on one day of above sub zero temps. Context matters to a point but if you want well executed pork buns or Korean fusion no way I would recommend this place.

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