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David Paul’s Island Grill ($$$$)
Not to be confused with The Lahaina Grill that David Paul Johnson used to own (until he had to relinquish it when his financial backer went bankrupt 10 years ago), Johnson’s new restaurant on Front Street is the hottest spot in town.
Not only is it beautiful in its design with a walk-in wine cellar, private party room and outdoor “Sky Lounge,” complete with fire pits, the food is beautifully presented and scrumptious, especially if you enjoy bold flavors.
I wanted to try everything on the menu, so the fours of us decided to order the tasting menu with 9 different dishes. Now 9 dishes, even in small portions, is a bit overwhelming, and I don’t remember everything that was served, but I do remember eating every bite and loving it!
To top off the evening, Chef Johnson was nice enough to drop by our table and talk about how much he enjoyed his many visits to Vancouver. Too bad he didn’t stay longer and open his newest restaurant there.
Some memorable 19th holes
The Seawatch at Wailea
Seawatch offers a delicious and visually-stunning dining experience to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Without a doubt, this restaurant serves the best Crab Cakes Benedict on Maui.
Recently purchased by renowned chef, Bev Gannon, Seawatch is now going through a major renovation at Wailea.
I loved it just the way it was, so I can’t wait to see what it looks, and tastes, like next year under Gannon’s magic touch.
The Plantation House at Kapalua
The Plantation House at Kapalua is very popular with not only club members and their guests, but also the residents of Kapalua and tourists who don’t even golf.
And although I didn’t get to try too many dishes on their menu due to timing constraints.
If their Crispy Crab-stuffed Ahi Roll with Soy-wasabi Mustard Vinaigrette is any indication of the rest of the food, then I’ll be back!
Café O’Lei at the Dunes of Maui Lani
This 19th hole was a very pleasant surprise. Our expectations weren’t high, given the Dunes isn’t really on the “resort circuit” but we quickly became fans. The restaurant is very popular with the local business professionals for good reason.
The Tempura Mahi Mahi was delicious and I can’t remember ever tasting a better sirloin burger. We had drinks after our round at the bar and enjoyed chitchatting with the bartender, Barbara.
Not only was she attentive, she entertained us with stories that left us laughing all the way home.
According to the Café’s Hawaiian Sous Chef – “Never drive through the Olowalu Tunnel on the Honoapiilani Highway with pork in your car after 10 PM, or the Night Marchers will stall your car so they can steal it from you.”
Okay! No pork in the car after 10! Got it! The Dunes at Maui Lani offers a unique golfing experience, great food, friendly staff and an up-beat atmosphere – what more could you ask for?
About The Writer:
Gayle Moss is a freelance writer and prolific blogger about “all things golf”. After blogging daily for Golf For Women Magazine’s website (until they ceased operations in the summer of 2008), 2 years writing her own blog, Golfgal-blog, and many years ghost-writing for her corporate clients on technology and business, Gayle learned that the thing she loves to do, next to playing golf, is writing about it.
Gayle is an avid follower of the PGA, LPGA, Champions and European Tours. She’s an active participant in golf forums and is probably best known for her post-episode interviews of Big Break and Highway 18 contestants.
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