Our most favorite restaurant in Maui is Star Noodle. We went there 3 times in 7 days so we could try almost everything on the menu. We went there on our first full day in Maui and had the pohole salad with fiddleheads, which was one of our favorites. The pork buns were my favorite. We both really enjoyed the Ahi Avo and the Singapore noodles too! We went back the second day for lunch and made sure to have room for the tempura shrimp and malasadas with chocolate and butterscotch sauce!
Our first night we went to Lahaina Grill and it was great with amazing service however, it was pretty pricy with classic Hawaiian food. We really enjoyed Honu Seafood and Pizza, the second night and got the best table in the house! “Honu” means turtle in Hawaiian! We loved the roasted beet and ricotta salad. I ate the lobster macaroni and cheese too fast before remembering to get a picture! It was awesome. They had an amazing wine menu and we also had a lovely turtle pie for dessert.
Merriman’s has a “Farm to Table” locally grown and caught menu. We had heard a lot of hype and it was fantastic, although we learned that we need to beware of meus without prices. Fortunately, the cocktails were spectacular. I loved the ahi and the lilikoi tart! Apparently, a lillikoi is a Hawaiian fruit similar to a passionfruit but looks like a kumquat. The waiter wrote, “Happy Birthday” in Hawaiian on the plate for us too!
Mala Ocean Tavern is Mr. F’s favorite restaurant. It’s also the sister restaurant to Honu. We had a super fresh and delicious salad, called My Big Fat Greek, Kula Baby Greens, Mahi mahi ala plancha, Ahi sashmi, and of course, the Carmel Miranda. The amazing sunset was pretty perfect too!
We spent a whole day in Wailea and went to Monkeypod, Merriman’s second restaurant and we really enjoyed Migrant, Star Noodle’s sister restaurant. I love fancy Filipino food and it makes me think of my grandmother! They brought us chicharróns and chili water when we sat down. They were amazing! They also happen to be my mom’s favorite. We liked the Ahi avo better at Star Noodle but it was still pretty awesome at Migrant. The pea shoots with a soft poached egg and lumpia crisp were phenomenal and I would love to eat this more! The Korean fried chicken was also pretty tasty, but I wish it had been more than wing size and that there was more peanut sauce. The Migrant’s pancit was delicious and so different than my grandmother’s pancit, even the parrots were eyeing our food! For dessert, we got pineapple upside down cake which was absolutely perfect as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
Our last dinner in Maui was at Star Noodle! We got the pohole salad for the second time and it did not disappoint. We also got the special sous vide ribs, with fried soup, and the infamous pad thai. We also saved room for dessert and had the phenomenal mango pudding!
Before we went to the airport, we went to our favorite Maui food truck a second time! I wish we could get funked up fish tacos like the Shark Pit’s in Seattle! I also got the Kalbi ground beef tacos and the pork sausage which were delicious, but the fish tacos are the best!