Category Archives: Places to Eat on Maui

Fabiani’s – A Comfortable Italian Restaurant in Kihei

I recently dined at Fabiani’s restaurant in Kihei on a Friday night. Arriving around 8 pm, the restaurant was quite busy. We were one of the last customers to be seated that evening. At first, I was a little unsure if we should wait for a table. Due to the dinner rush, I did not get immediate eye contact from the person who staffed the front, and his first greeting to me was a little gruff. I later realized he was the owner. However, seeing the rush, I decided to give him a chance. Plus I figured with his Italian accent that this was something of the Italian way. I was happy I did. My husband and I had my young baby with me in a stroller, and wasn’t sure how accomodating the restaurant would be about that. The owner ended up personally wheeling our stroller over to a good spot at the table, which impressed me and made me feel welcome. I later learned the owners themselves have a baby, so it’s no wonder he wanted to help us out. By the end of the night, I felt very welcomed to the restaurant by the owner and his staff.

We asked for a bread basket and were brought some delicious foccacia. I ordered a Caprese salad to start. My husband ordered Lorenzo’s Homemade Meat Lasagne, and I ate the Linguine alle Vongole (clams with linguine). We were both impressed. I found the linguine to have strong flavors, possibly due to plentiful capers. I personally liked it that way. After dinner, we shared a lovely slice of Tiramisu, which I found to be more chocolatey than other places where I’ve had Tiramisu in the past.

The ambiance was colorful, attractive and the bar was beautiful. The waitstaff was very friendly and helpful. I really look forward to going back to the restaurant to try breakfast and lunch. My feeling on the prices is that it was quite reasonable, especially compared to some other Italian restaurants here on Maui that are seemingly of a similar caliber. The wife of the husband/wife owner duo is apparently a clasically trained pastry chef. The pastries in the display looked beautiful, although at the late evening hour, the shelves were probably more bare than normal.

From 7 am – 10 pm, the restaurant is open (breakfast 7-11 am, lunch 11-4 pm, dinner 4-10 pm). See http://fabianis.com/ for more info.

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Five Palms Beach Grill in Kihei — Stellar at Sunset

Sunset View

Fish Entree

My recent dining experience at the Five Palms Beach Grill in Kihei proved to be stellar at sunset. Arriving at 5 pm and fully intending to take advantage of the Sunset Special, our group of 7 adults were courteously accomodated while celebrating a milestone anniversary for my parents. The restaurant had just started using lava rocks and told me how to use them at home. If you are interested click here to see how to use lava rocks.

The Sunset Special is offered daily for a 5, or 5:30 pm seating and the key is that orders must be in before 6 pm. The Sunset Special is a 3-course meal which includes a mixed green salad, entree and lilikoi cheescake dessert for $29.95. The entree choices are Oven Roasted Prime Rib, Macadamia Nut Crusted Fresh Catch and Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken Breast.

When we arrived, the sun was still high in the sky and brightening beachgoers at Keawakapu Beach, which fronts the restaurant, which is located at the bottom of the Mana Kai condominium. It seemed many restaurant patrons had come in from the beach and were taking advantage of the happy hour, sitting at the bar and at the informal dining area. We were led into the main dining room, and were the first customers of the day to be seated there for dinner. We were seated along a window which offered a great view of the ocean in two different directions. The table was set with a beautiful gold flatware set and pristine wine glasses. The only problem was sun was coming in so strong through the closest window that it was uncomfortably warm. We asked to be moved and were very satisfactorily moved closer to the beach, and it was indeed a better table with an even better view and much cooler temperature.

Drink orders were taken and served, bread and butter were put out and appetizers were ordered. One of the good things was that the appetizers and certain drinks were at Happy Hour special prices, which included half off appetizer prices from the bar menu. So we had ribs and calamari for appetizers, which were excellent.

The mixed green salads were served and they were impressively large. The entrees came and were also a very decent size, attractive in presentation, and very good in taste. Finally the lilikoi cheesecake arrived for dessert and once again, the size was very generous and the taste was amazing. We were really impressed.

The meal was a wonderful value. The service was very courteous and completely satisfactory.

Additionally, the setting was superb. We got to see the bright sun and blue skies turn to an orange orb in a pink and purple sky as the sun began to set. The views out to Kahoolawe and Lanai, and Makena’s Puu O’Lai were completely magical.

Based on this experience, I do highly recommend the Sunset Special and dining at this restaurant.

The restaurant also offers a Kamaaina discount for those with a valid Hawaii I.D. Iof 20%, not valid on the Sunset Special or other already discounted items.  The restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch and I have heard breakfast is really great here. Breakfast is served from 8 am -2:30 pm. There is a sushi bar open from 3-11 pm, with sushi half off between 9 and 11 pm. According to a recent newspaper ad, there is also a Five Palms in Lahaina, which I look forward to trying one day.

Lilikoi Cheesecake

 

Keawakapu Beach View

 

Chicken Entree

Prime Rib Entree

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Geste Shrimp Truck

Driving along Kahului Beach Road, you may have passed the white Geste Shrimp Truck parked at what some are dubbing the “harbor food court” at the edge of Kahului Harbor, across from the MACC…but have you ever stopped to try the shrimp? Those who have already tried it have already been delighted. For those who have not, I highly recommend you give this shrimp truck a try! Same goes for visitors who have yet to try it.

With a mostly highly favorable rating of the Geste Shrimp Truck on Yelp,  my guess is that business must be pretty good for the Shrimp Truck. I actually only recently had my first experience sampling its plates and was really impressed. However, if posts on friend’s Facebook pages are any indication, apparently some may find the proposition of eating food being sold near the harbor to be somewhat questionable. Put those fears aside and just relax…it’s Maui!

I recently had the Hawaiian Scampi plate and my husband had the Spicy Pineapple plate. So delicious! Each plate comes with twelve juicy shrimp served in a local-style styrofoam container with rice and crab macaroni salad. The plates are currently $12. It’s well worth it. (Add $2 for the combo with the hot dog).

A few negative reviewers complained that the shrimp was not so fresh…no one is saying the shrimp is locally grown. Others complained that a few of the veins were still there on a few pieces of shrimp…this is a shrimp truck…not a 5-star restaurant. Some even complained that it was too messy or hard work…but we are talking about peel and eat shrimp…that’s the nature of it! Part of the shell is already peeled so it’s not even that hard to remove the shell. It’s still a delicous, no-frills, large plate of shrimp.  If you were to go to one of the fancy restaurants around the island, it would easily cost you at least double for something similar, and it might not even taste as good, and you probably wouldn’t even get as many pieces of shrimp.

The shrimp truck is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.  All food is for take out…there are no chairs or tables there.

 

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