As Editor of What’s Cooking Maui I’m often asked which of Maui’s dining venues is my personal favorite. If you are looking for elegance, ambiance and great food my consistently reply? Lahaina Grill.
My choice comes as no surprise, since Lahaina Grill is named the Top Restaurant in Maui year after year in multiple dining polls. They even secured a berth recently on Open Table’s 50 Best Restaurant list nationally. Competing with dozens of big cities having dozens of great eateries each, being named to this list is impressive.
What makes Lahaina Grill so great? Simply put, it’s the quality of the food, service, and ambiance. Owner, Jurg Munch, imparts a classy, cosmopolitan flair to the Lahaina dining room with a graciousness that is reflected by his entire staff. It’s not just about being friendly; that’s common place in Hawaii. At Lahaina Grill dining becomes an experience. Not stuffy, not haute, simply exceptional. Jurg and company’s staff is well-trained, well-versed and knows the difference between being attentive and obtrusive; a rarity in the islands. Then there’s the food.
The menu is similarly superb and includes multiple dishes that regulars crave equally. Take the incredible Rack of Lamb, always cooked to perfection; or the glamorous Opakapaka with Grilled Prawn, heavenly in texture, sauce and flavor. Even a dish that is routine in other hands, Penne and Meatballs, is elevated here with impeccable balance and richness.
Salads, what is often a mere nod to getting your vitamins, are prepared at Lahaina Girll with the same attention to detail as everything else, resulting in a starter course you should never forgo when dining here. As for appetizers, what foodie would go to the grave without having tried the Ahi with Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Dalmatia Fig at least once? This is also one of the few places on Maui that serves exceptional Kobe Beef Carpaccio and Fried Oliver Gray Oysters, dusted first with cornmeal, then highlighted with fennel endive, horseradish cream, ancho-chile glaze and topped with lilikoi mustard sauce. If savoring flavor is your thing, this dish will be among your favorites.
There’s no denying – the tab is pricey at Lahaina Grill. As with all things great things that rarely come cheap, one needs an appreciation to pop for a night out here. The good news for the unconvinced and seasoned fans alike — for a limited time only you can treat your palate to a limited menu for only $20 per entrée!
Sit at the bar (the best place to dine, if you ask me) by 6 pm, Sunday – Thursdays and order one of the following for only $20, leaving you plenty leftover to indulge in one of Lahaina Grill’s utterly amazing desserts.
- Tequila Shrimp & Firecracker Rice
- Wild Pacific Salmon
- Kalua Duck
- Roasted Shelton Farms All Natural Chicken
- Marcho Farms Veal “Osso Buco”
- Certified Angus Beef Braised Short Ribs
Reservations are recommended. This special is offered from September through December 19, 2011. For more info please call 808.667.5117 or visit www.lahainagrill.com.
Also recently announced, the grand re-opening of the Lahaina Inn! Next time you dine at Lahaina Grill for a big night out, order that special bottle of wine then check into the Lahaina Inn.