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April 11, 2009
From journal Return to Paradise (Part 1) - Maui
by wanderer 2005
November 13, 2006
Mama’s is set on a beautiful stretch of beach that is breathtaking at sunset. The window seats are literally 50 feet away from the ocean. The bartender told us that the restaurant works with about 30 local fishermen that they get their fresh fish from and they never know what the daily catch will be, until the fishermen show up in the morning. They also change the menu twice a day to reflect the freshest fish. This particular day, the Ahi was only 2 hours old, so we ordered the sashimi and an order of the Maui onion soup to start off with.
To our amazement, we were brought an amuse’ of lobster bisque. Now THAT was good... It was both creamy and sweet. Our sashimi came out next and it absolutely melted in our mouths. The only other time I’ve had fish that fresh, was when I caught it myself in Key West.
My onion soup was really good as well. It’s their version of French onion soup, but the crouton is topped with Vermont cheddar. It was really, really good. The sweetness of the onions, mixed with the saltiness of the broth were a perfect combination.
On to the Piece de resistance, our entrées. Hubby had the signature dish of Macadamia nut encrusted, stuffed Mahi mahi. It was served with a side of steamed asparagus and was out of this world. The lobster and crab stuffing was never too salty or overbearing, it let the sweetness of the lobster shine thru. Yummy!
I took a risk and ordered the sugar cane grilled Ahi with a green papaya salad. When my plate came out, it looked like grilled pork chops because the sugar cane was skewered right thru the tuna (see my picture, below). Wow this was good! Cooked to rare, of course, it was wonderful. The papaya salad was excellent as well, really complimenting the tuna.
I was stuffed, but knew I had to have dessert, so we chose the Kuau pie, which is a chocolate pie, baked in a caramel crust. To die for! The sunset was awesome, as was the food and the atmosphere.
It was a really long drive back to Lahaina and had we not been on that side of the island, I can’t say that I would have driven all the way over there, just for dinner, but it was really good.
It cost us $170 before the tip and really was an event for us.
From journal Hawaiian Dream Vacation
by smmmarti guide
March 1, 2002
Situated on an isolated stretch of sandy beach, it conjures the perfect vision of a tropical hideaway. I've been to Mama's when the sea churns violently as if thrashing through nightmare visions, spewing high into the air on the surrounding rocks and lava tubes. I've also been there when the ocean laps gently onto the beach under the coconut groves that form Mama's front yard. In spite of the ocean's fickleness, Mama's remains supremely predictable. Just one thing. Where did the classic woodie go that used to act as the road sign for Mama's?
I forgot to ask. As I made my way down the path formed from cleverly designed interlocking gecko-shaped tiles, past the tiki gods and torches to the reservation desk, a thatched roof hut typically mobbed with waiting visitors, I was already so happy I forgot to worry about the missing surf mobile.
I tried once to figure out the site plan and architecture of Mama's. It looks like an added-on beach house. A few rooms have really large umbrellas for roofs and bamboo screens for walls that form the many separate dining areas. It would be a mess in lesser hands, but here the warm native wood floors, the tapa cloths, the beams and paneling pull it all together for a warm, upscale look. There's much to see while you wait even when the views outside go dark; vintage Hawaii posters, all sorts of Hawaiiana and locally made works of art.
Fish rules at Mama's. Sashimi, poke and fresh island fish are served with wonderful Pacific Rim flavorings and locally grown ingredients such as maui onions, paholo fern, roasted kukui nut, fresh hearts of palm, pineapple and lettuce and tomatoes organically grown vegetables from nearby Haiku farms.
Each day Mama's excitedly informs you who caught the fish you are eating and where on the island they snagged it. One of the specialties of the house is the mahimahi and luau leaf cooked in a ti bundle and opened at your table old Hawaiian style. If you'd like to try something other than fish order the duck cooked with lemongrass and bok choy or the filet and Kona lobster served with macadamia nut pesto potatoes. My mouth waters to write about it.
Mama's is the dream come true for the Christenson family who founded it after traveling extensively through Polynesia and falling in love with flavors and sights of this region. Hard to believe now, but when Mama's opened her doors in 1973, it was the first fresh fish restaurant here. That more than anything explains the enduring appeal of this Maui classic and reminds us of the importance of following your dreams.
From journal WOW! Maui for everyone
by Foxboro Marmot
November 25, 2003
Mama's prides itself on having the freshest fish. The menu information includes, not just the type of fish, but the name of the ship or fisherman who caught it. It's all artfully prepared with fresh local ingredients... no fried fish in this fish house! Presentation is impressive, and the dishes look as good as they taste. The view from the dining room, a small cove with dramatic black rocks on either side for waves to crash into, seen through a grove of palm trees, is a pleasant diversion while you sip a drink waiting for the meal to arrive.
All in all, a nice, somewhat overpriced place... perhaps due to the lack of nearby competition? We'll come back, but not often. Recommended, as long as you know what to expect!
From journal Back to Maui
by Chief Mike
September 1, 2003
We both ordered fresh fish, which we were told is caught locally. By this point in our vacation we had had fresh fish at a few other restaurants, and most were good enough that we would go back again; but our entrees here were the best that we had. The presentation was very nice, but the preparation was outstanding. The portions were good size and quite filling. Drinks were very good and were not skimpy on the alcohol. Service was fine; no notable delays.
With appetizer, entrees, and desert, our meal took about 90-100 minutes, and we were in no hurry. Total tab (including drinks, tax, and gratuity) for two was $130, which tied our high for the week, but I would not hesitate to go there again.
From journal Our Maiden Journey to Magical Maui
April 17, 2002
The cuisine is very Hawaiian with the popular Poki (raw Ahi appetizer), seared Ahi, Ono (local fish means "yum"), Taro cakes and much much more!
The waiters and waitresses wear fine Hawaiian floral pattern dresses and shirts. The women wear flowers in their hair. If you ask, they can probably teach you some Hawaiian words. To add to the decor, the table cloths have Hawaiian patterns, and local fresh ginger flowers are placed on the table. There are views of the ocean out the open screened windows. And the inside is made all of a dark wood, making it very comfortable and cool to sit in on a hot day. Feel the breeze come in from the ocean, and watch it tremble through the palm trees, this is pure delight while sipping a scrumptious Hawaiian inspired martini awaiting the beginning of your meal!
Mama's is a busy place. Stop by just to attend the bar and enjoy a scrumptious drink! Definitely get reservations if you want to have dinner.
To get there, drive from Paia along the Hana Highway toward Hana (and Huelo and Haiku) for about a mile or two. It's on the left hand side (ocean side) with a large sign saying Mama's Fish House. There is plenty of parking and a nice beach with tiki torches, outrigger canoes, palm trees and that aqua blue ocean of your dreams. Bring a camera, it's very picturesque.
From journal Maui No Ka Oi
October 18, 2000
From journal Magical Maui
January 11, 2008
September 28, 2005
From journal Two weeks in Maui, Hawaii
by Nature Girl1
June 9, 2005
From journal 8 Days in Maui