Oldie but Goodie: Mala Ocean Tavern (Lahaina, HI)

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Mala Ocean Tavern is one of our favorite places to eat in Maui.  The vibe is super chill, the food is yummy, and you literally can eat right next to the water.  In fact, my kid was complaining about how the ocean mist from the crashing waves kept spraying his face. This place is packed at dinner but it’s pretty empty for lunch and brunch so call for reservations at dinner time and request a table near the water. 

Up until this year, we used to love their seared ahi bruschetta, assorted dips with lavosh and grilled pita bread, and assorted flatbreads.  Do you sense a theme here? CARBS!  

Today, we returned for lunch (and after studying the menu ahead of time of the website), this is what we ordered for lunch:

Big Island Hamakua Ali Mushrooms with garlic and parsley a la plancha:

Stir fried brussels sprouts with sesame seeds, fresh mint, and crispy wontons (that I didn’t eat):

Farmer’s salad with added grilled mahi mahi (with dressing on the side):

Snake River Farms Kobe beef cheeseburger with smoked apple wood bacon, carmelized onion, romaine,and tomato (hold the bun):

I love this place.  We’ll probably return later this week.


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