Spring Break to Maui: Eating Around the Grand Wailea

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Eating Around the Grand Wailea

Eating Around the Grand Wailea

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Eating Around Grand Wailea

Daraius and I went to several restaurants in & around the Grand Wailea including:

My favorite was Amasia for dinner and Kihei Caffe for breakfast.

Café Kula

We had breakfast at the hotel café, Café Kula because the regular buffet breakfast was much too expensive at $31 for the breakfast buffet.

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Café Kula

I had a granola and yogurt parfait and Daraius had fried eggs with toast.

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Our Breakfast at Café Kula

The food was expensive, and was served on paper plates with plastic forks and spoons.

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Expensive Food

Even the side orders were expensive.  A side of bacon was $6.95.

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Side Order Menu

A latte was $6 so I skipped that.

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Latte and Coffee Menu

Kihei Caffe

Another morning, we went to Kihei Caffe which specializes in cinnamon rolls and pancakes.  This was a reader recommendation!

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Kihei Caffe

They had a large menu and a long line of people waiting to order.

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Kihei Caffe Menu

We got  an impulse order of cinnamon rolls.

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Cinnamon Rolls

Daraius and I ordered banana macadamia nut pancakes and an American breakfast with eggs, bacon, hash browns, a biscuit, and gravy.  We also ordered a caramel cinnamon roll and coffee.

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Caramel Cinnamon Roll With Coffee

I liked everything I ate, and the portions were huge.

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Huge Portions

The dishes were also very reasonably priced, at $7 for the breakfast plates.

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$7 Breakfast Plate

Our last morning in Hawaii, we went to Kahei Caffe again and I ordered a kid’s portion of French toast…

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Kid’s Portion of French Toast

…and Daraius ordered his favorite, fried eggs with bacon and toast.

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Daraius’ Favorite: Fried Eggs With Bacon And Toast

MonkeyPod Kitchen

One afternoon, I went to the pool and Daraius went to work and then out for lunch (again, fish tacos!) He walked 20 minutes to Monkeypod Kitchen for fish tacos.  He ate three of them and said they were very nice!

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MonkeyPod Kitchen

Despite a natural, organic philosophy, the décor is modern and contemporary.

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Inside MonkeyPod Kitchen

They had a very large bar.

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Large Bar

…where they served 36 craft brews on tap.

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36 Craft Brews on Tap

Fresh Fish Tacos.

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Yummy Fish Tacos!

Amasia

For dinner, we went to Amasia, which is in the Grand Wailea hotel.

Eating Around the Grand Wailea

Amasia

This restaurant is supposed to be one of the top restaurants on the island.

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Inviting Entrance

It was located in a beautiful, romantically lit area of the resort.

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Outside Amasia

 

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At Amasia

We made reservations for 8:30 pm (their earliest available). The interior of the restaurant was very tastefully decorated.

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Tastefully Decorated Interior

The restaurant had an open air plan without many walls.

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Open Air Plan

The rooms felt very romantic and intimate.

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Romantic And Intimate Rooms

There were small rooms for private dining.

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Tatami Room

And you could relax and wait for your table in the Cocktail Lounge.

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Cocktail Lounge

There’s also a sushi bar with fresh fish.

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Fresh Fish

They pack them in at the sushi bar. The seating was very tight!

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Tight Seating

We ordered ham and cheese croquettes…

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Ham And Cheese Croquettes

a tomato salad…

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Tomato Salad

…corn on the cob…

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Corn On The Cob

…a pork empanada, a beef tenderloin skewer, and tuna fish.

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Tuna Fish

Daraius liked the croquettes the best and I liked the corn and tomato salad the best.  The empanada was pretty good too!  For dessert, we ordered chocolate pudding with a sesame layer.

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Chocolate Pudding With Sesame Layer

Dinner was very good. It was nice to share a great meal with one another!

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Sharing a Great Meal

The next day, I went swimming for a while, and I ordered a hot dog for lunch. It was $14 and came with chips and pineapple slices.  The food and drinks were very overpriced.

Drinks run anywhere from $10 to $15 for one drink, to $13 to $25 for lunch. Luckily, the portions are larger and you could share them.  Also, I have found that many restaurants let you order from the kids menu.  Sometimes I prefer this if I am not very hungry, because I usually cannot finish one regular sized portion and do not like wasting food!

Pita Paradise

Another day, Daraius and I went to dinner at Pita Paradise, which is a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from the hotel.  This was another reader recommendation.

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Pita Paradise

We ordered two appetizers and a salad.

 

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Salad

Neither of us was hungry for a big meal. Daraius ordered calamari…

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Calamari

…and I ordered gnocchi Bolognese.

We both liked our meals, and I also liked the Greek salad we ordered.  To drink, we had guava juice and a virgin “Lava Flow” which is a frozen pina colada with strawberry puree mixed in.

The highlight may have been their fresh warm pitas with seasoning.

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Warm Pitas

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier

After dinner, we went to a chocolate shop just next door.

 

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Outside the Chocolate Shop

There were so many chocolates, it was hard to choose!

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Many Chocolates

I finally decided on a crème brulee chocolate, and a Lava Rock salted caramel.

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Crème Brulee Chocolate And Lava Rock Salted Caramel

Both were delicious!

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22 Responses to Spring Break to Maui: Eating Around the Grand Wailea

  1. In the shopping mall near the Grand Wialea is a Ruth’s Chris restaurant. You can pick up a $100 gift card at Costco near the airport for $79.95 and you can use it on the early bird (LOL) special which was a 3 course meal with desert. Our total bill with tip came in at only $105, so essentially $84.00 for 2 salads, two entrees, two sides and desert. Not a bad deal.

    No need to be a Costco member. You can buy a membership on the spot, use it to provision while on the island (food and cheapest gas on the island) and after you fill up your gas tank on the way back to the airport just ask for a membership refund. It is fully refundable, so if you no longer have a need for the membership it will not be a waste of money. And we all love saving money!

  2. Kihei Caffe looks good! Would you believe we can’t get American style biscuits and gravy in Australia?

  3. Loved the greek salad at Pita Paradise! The pita was excellent. We had lunch there last week while staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani. If you go back, I’d recommend KO at the Fairmont for dinner.

  4. @ Joshua Pickles: Saving money is one thing but “renting” a membership at Costco is pretty low. Would you buy a jacket at REI to return it after your trip?

  5. @ Joshua Pickles: Instead, you can just buy Costco cash cards either via eBay or have a current Costco member buy the amount you need/want. You can get access to Costco if you have a cash card. Not sure if they will let you pay with an AMEX or Debit card withouth a membership card, so you may need to have the exact amount necessary on the Cash Card itself.

  6. Be on the alert for Costco membership deals through group coupon sites. There are deals a few times per year where the $55 basic membership is accompanied by products that are worth more than $55 that you can claim when you first shop at Costco with the membership.

  7. Mr Pickles, you’ve just proven yourself to be a total douchebag. Seriously– refunding your membership at costco for a few days in Hawaii to save $50?

  8. Emily looked very beautiful at Amasia!

  9. @Tony Mr. Pickles would wear and return the jacket

  10. @Joshua Pickles – Thanks for the tip! We did see those at Costco, but wanted to eat at more local restaurants. But it could be a good deal for folks who want a steak!

    @Tara @ Miles To The Wild - Now that you mention it, I haven’t seen biscuits and gravy in many places outside the US.

    @AMC – Thanks for the tip! Not sure when we’ll be back in Maui, but we’d like to go back sometime!

    @Ed @wtfci - Thanks for the Costco tips.

    @Tony - Thanks! She always looks beautiful.

  11. I always enjoy your mix of splurges and economy tips.

  12. Daraius,

    I think Hawaii is very expensive place to visit. Food prices are ridiculous. Good photos.

  13. Faye – Thanks!

    @Jonathan – It was expensive, but cheaper than French Polynesia!

  14. The Costco tip is a good one…I know it sounds strange, but they have amazing sashimi plates available at reasonable prices. Maui sushi is some of the freshest I’ve had anywhere. We always stop in after we arrive to stock up on the necessities for the trip.

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