This Wailea resort restaurant doesn’t have the chic intimacy of its cousin, Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina but it’s still a delicious destination with a nearly identical menu. Beloved chef and restaurateur Mark Ellman knows how to craft locally sourced dishes that are both health-conscious and full of flavor. (One of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, he also owns Migrant and Honu, and launched the “Practice Aloha” movement.) Specials include the wonderful fried Tamashiro tofu with coconut peanut sauce and Thai basil, and a perfectly moist panko-crusted snapper with Molokai sweet potato mash. There’s an entire menu of gluten-free and vegan items. If that doesn’t apply to you, I highly recommend the insanely rich mac and cheese. For breakfast, indulge in the sumptuous buffet or order from an a la carte menu. Don’t miss the killer French toast drizzled with house-made caramel sauce and tropical fruit—it’s the breakfast version of Ellman’s legendary Caramel Miranda dessert.
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea
Our Rating Neighborhood Wailea Hours Daily 6:30–11am and 5:30–9:30pm; bar until 10pm Phone 808/875-9394 Prices Breakfast buffet $29 or main courses $14–$25; dinner main courses $26–$45; tavern plates $15–$20 Cuisine Type Hawaii Regional Cuisine/Seafood Web site Mala Wailea Other Reservations recommended
Map3700 Wailea Alanui Dr. Wailea Maui
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