Lahaina Grill

Since we were in Maui celebrating our anniversary (and first trip with no kids), my wife and I treated ourselves to some truly amazing meals. Lahaina Grill was definitely one of the best.

We were late setting a reservation, but were able to grab two seats at the bar when they opened at 5:30. We ended up enjoying a great evening of delicious food and good conversation with the couples seated on either side of us.

We started the meal with off with the Caprese salad. The local tomatoes were the star of the show, and a touch of truffle oil added a nice earthy note. A great rendition on this classic, as tasty as it was beautiful.

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I also had a bowl of the Kula sweet corn soup with chive creme fraiche. Creamy, but not too thick and full of fresh sweet corn flavor. Really enjoyed it.

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For entrees, I went with the Maui onion and sesame crusted Ahi with vanilla beam jasmine rice. This was the single best piece of Ahi I’ve ever eaten in my life. The crust was perfectly flavorful, but didn’t overwhelm the flavor of the exceptionally fresh fish. The vanilla bean was not too strong and provided a nice sweet note to the rice. Amazing dish.

(Sorry about the photo lighting. When entrees came, the sun was down and the lights dimmed.)

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My wife went with the seared local Mahi with herbed mashed potatoes, gorgonzola, pancetta and chardonnay beurre blanc. Another special dish. Really liked the gorgonzola. And let’s face it, pork in any of it’s forms makes everything better.

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A meal like this must conclude with dessert. We picked up a coupon across the street at Ululani Shave Ice (another must stop) for a free Triple Berry Pie, their signature dessert. We also both love chocolate, so we added a Road to Hana, Maui (chocolate cake, chocolate sour cream mousse, macadamia nut caramel). Both were very good, but the Road to Hana was our favorite.

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All in all a very memorable meal. Of the fine dining meals we had on the trip, this is the one I would do again, without a doubt. It’s a Lahaina institution and it is clear to see why. Fresh, flavor dishes served in a very cool location. Mahalo Lahaina Grill. See you next time we’re in Maui.

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