Best places to eat in Maui, Hawaii, USA

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Best places to eat in Maui: Maui is one of my favourite places (and that’s without talking about food).

Food in the Hawaiian Islands is fundamentally very “local” and about people coming together – to be expected from the diverse cultures that migrated here, laying down their roots. Polynesian, American, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese are to name a few.

Below are my hotspots on the island. A mixture of spurge (you are coming all this way…) to local bites that are equally as worthy.

Breakfast. Ritz Carlton, Kapalua
This is a must. Aim for a rainy day as you will want to sit in here for hours. The service is friendly and personal; you get the sense that they really want you to have the best breakfast you’ve ever had. Go for the full buffet and you probably will.

RITZ EGG BENEDICT

RITZ BUFFET PLATE

Snack. For those times when you just happen to be on the “Road to Hana”… you would be a fool not to consume the following:

1. A loaf of Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread.

banana bread wrapped

banana bread unwrapped

2. An organic coconut drink at Laulima Farm.

organic coconuts

Lunch. For something casual and quick it has to be Island Poke or Fish Tacos.  Poke is best straight from the local supermarket – Foodland Farms would be the place to go.

poke counter

poke and rice

fish tacos

For a sit down in the Wailea area, head to Tommy Bahama. One word of advice, order anything on the menu that involves seared ahi tuna.

tuna at the mall

tuna at the mall 2

Or, if you do make it to Hana, “Thai Food by Pranee” awaits. It is a street-side tent that serves some of the best Thai food I have ever tasted. There are daily specials as well as a comprehensive menu. We went for pineapple rice and crispy fish. Both were delicious.

pineapple rice

thai crispy fish

Dinner. I usually end up bypassing hotel restaurants, assuming I’ll find something better down the road. This time I was sucked in and glad I was. Morimoto at the Andaz Hotel is exciting and packed with both flavour and people. It’s has Japanese techniques at its core with much American influence, pretty much mirroring Chef Morimoto himself. You won’t go wrong with all the of options below, but I can’t imagine you will go wrong with anything here. That part is probably the only downside. You won’t be able to fit everything in so be prepared for a bit of food envy as the plates constantly leave the kitchen door.

morimoto sushi counter

Assorted tuna maki
morimoto sushi

Soft shell crab roll
morimoto sushi roll

Pork gyoza
morimoto gyoza

Tempura calamari salad
morimoto salad

Crispy whole fish
morimoto fish

The road to matcha
morimoto matcha

Ritz Maui: 1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Kapalua, HI 96761 http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/KapaluaMaui/Default.htm
Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread: 210 Keanae Road, Haiku, HI 96708  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g29220-d4554772-r187419508-Aunty_Sandy_s-Maui_Hawaii.html

Laulima Farm: Hana Highway, Kipahulu, Maui, HI http://www.laulimafarm.com/
Foodland Farms: Lahaina Gateway, 345 Keawe Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 http://www.foodland.com/
Tommy Bahoma: 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI 96753 http://www.tommybahama.com/TBG/Stores_Restaurants/Wailea.jsp
Thai Food by Pranee: 5050 Uakea Rd., Hana, Maui, HI http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g60630-d1989754-Reviews-Thai_Food_By_Pranee-Hana_Maui_Hawaii.html
Morimoto: Andaz Hotel, 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI 96753 http://maui.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/morimoto-maui.html