If you’ve been reading What’s Cooking Maui, you know Lahaina Grill is one of our favorite restaurants. If Mimi Sheraton hadn’t long ago stolen the words right out of our mouths by declaring Lahaina Grill a “classy oasis…” we’d have said so ourselves. Dining at Lahaina Grill’s lively bar ranks at the top of Kale and friends favorite things about life in Maui, next to surfing and stargazing, of course.
The news of the demi-menu’s homecoming sent us flying into Lahaina Grill last night as we anticipated satisfying (albeit smaller) preparations of our favorite island entrees such as Kona Coffee Roasted Rack of Lamb, Steak Jolene, Firecracker Tequilla Shrimp, Mahimahi, and the surprisingly popular Penne and Meatballs, which are among the gastronomic stars being served in demi-portions at about half price at the bar from 6 p.m. to closing Sundays to Thursdays.
Our party last night started out by tucking into an assortment of Lahaina Grill’s famous salads including the Three Beet Salad – like candy for a beet lover — the Spinach Salad with Pecan Crusted Goat Cheese, and a bowl of the restaurant’s stupendous Lobster Bisque. Gobbling them down, we gave no thought to whether or not we’d still have room when the entrée arrived, since they would be demi portions. Indeed, the Rack of Lamb turned out to be two very meaty ribs served on mashed potatoes with plenty of root veggies and a sinfully delicious bulb of roasted garlic on the side. Perfectly satisfying and nutritionally balanced!
Equally easy to stomach was the demi portion of Lahaina Grill’s world-class wild salmon fillet, prepared with the same Carmelized Maui onion crust. The only difference between that and the original was a bit smaller portion of fish than the full sized entrée. Again, it was ideal for us since we intended to indulge in the demi portion of Triple Berry Pie ($7) without a tinge of guilt!
“Lahaina Grill’s demi menu was originally developed to appeal to a wider customer base, to create a more approachable and casual experience at the bar,” shares Jurg Munch, chef-owner. “The buzz at our bar is already contagious, but this menu just helps to make a night on the town a bit more fun and affordable.” It helps too if you’d like to try any number of Lahaina Grill’s special entrees. If you are short on time in Maui and can only stop in once or twice, we’d highly recommend ordering two or three demi servings to experience all that LG has to offer.
The new bar menu provides an alternative for diners, which is exactly what consumers today long for – great flavor vs. great quantity. Of course, there are those who still want and need LG’s legendary big portions, as our companion did last night when he insisted on (and finished!) the gigantic bone-in Rib Eye. Whichever menu you chose, we salute Lahaina Grill for giving us choices. By offering their half off entrée portions, consumers can have it all; outstanding food, pristine service, convivial atmosphere, and four satisfying courses that will neither break the bank nor spoil your New Year’s Resolutions.
For more details, call Lahaina Grill at 667-5117.