The Plantation House, located in Kapalua, at the Plantation Golf Course on West Maui is a true dining gem. We have visited every year that we have stayed on Maui. We have recommend it to everyone that we know who visits Maui. My cousin proposed to his wife there! This restaurant was made for special occasions. There is usually an intimate bridal party celebrating a Hawaiian wedding in the dining room when you visit. All the tables look out upon the ocean and golf course from floor to ceiling French windows. It is always a good idea to book your table at sunset, because it is one of the best views on the island. There is a gorgeous stone fireplace in the middle of the room. All this praise and I havn’t even mentioned the food yet!
The Plantation House opened in 1991 under Chef Alex Stanislaw. I saw him on “Great Chefs, Great Cities” (what can I say, I don’t watch soaps like other house wives) and I knew that I wanted to visit his restaurant. And visit I did. Every year, we save the Plantation House for our Friday night meal, because we know that we will not be disappointed. This year was even more perfect, because I met the Rock Star himself, Chef Alex! Oh, let me tell you about the food first.
Fresh Island Sashimi
Tom always starts with the Ahi Sashimi, he says it is the best tasting on the island. It is always the deepest red color and so flavorful. I have come to appreciate really good sashimi, and this is wonderful.
Leroy’s Arugula Salad
I started with a fresh and flavorful salad, Leroy’s Arugula Salad with Asian Pear, Spiced Walnuts, and a Lemon Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette. So good! I can also attest to the wonderful taste of their other salads. They are all great.
A Taste of Venice
Every night at the Plantation house, they offer their fresh catches done in a variety of different ways. We have probably tried all of them. On this visit, Tom had the fresh caught Opakapaka done in “A Taste of Venice.” The fish is panko pressed and served on shrimp, asparagus, sugar peas and Orzo, finished with golden raisin-pine nut brown butter. It was delicious and done perfectly.
The Fish Special
I had the fish special, Panko Crusted Hawaiian catch on wilted Kula Spinich, Winter Mushroom and Pacific Shrimp Salad, with a Brown Butter-Balsamic Vinaigrette. It was so good! I loved it.
We had the best server, and I’m sorry to say I forgot his name. He was fun and very well informed. He recommended a bottle of Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon. He also taught me the greatest tricks with corks! I even won a dessert off him when I mastered one of the tricks.
Every visit to the Plantation House has been a great experience, but this year, as we were leaving, I stopped to ask the hostess if I could copy down the menu items that we ordered, so that I could ” journal” the meal. I really needed it for my blog. At the hostess stand was Chef Alex. He starts telling me that all I need to do is start with brown butter and good fish. I turned into a full blown groupie! “You’re Chef Alex, I saw you on TV… you’re a rock star…can I take a picture with you?…” He was so nice and took the time to talk to me and I got my photo!
Me and Chef Alex
If you are visiting Maui soon, eat at the Plantation House, enjoy the views and the wonderful dining experience, and tell Chef Alex that Anna says Hello!