Sea House Restaurant, Maui
When making a return visit to Maui, Hawaii we will be staying in Lahaina. Do you have any favorite restaurants to recommend? Something away from the Lahaina bustle might be nice.

Take a short drive up the coast to the Sea House Restaurant on the sands of drop dead gorgeous Napili Bay. Plan to arrive before sunset to truly take in the magic of this tropical paradise as it is caressed by the changing hues and shadows of the sun settings behind the nearby island of Lanai. Sounds of a gentle surf, romantic, Tiki torch lit pathways and the rustle of swaying palms provide a fantasyland mood for your evening.

The Sea House Restaurant combines casual, seaside ambiance with graciously served, memorable cuisine. Chef Michael Gallagher along with his creative staff have been refining the menu for over seven years and are rightfully proud of combining old favorites with innovation offerings. We recently had the opportunity to taste for ourselves their progress.

Our evening began with a delicious and beautifully presented Pupus (appetizer) of pan-seared julienne of abalone with lilikoi Hollandaise, fresh asparagus, and vine-ripened tomato concasse put a smile on our face. The “Taste of Lahaina” crisp Pacific sushi combining rice, crab and avocado rolled in nori with a macadamia nut crust and Thai curry sauce also was a delight. We found the impressively-sized coconut-macadamia nut-crusted tiger prawns with Thai chili sauce rather heavy-handed as the crunchy crust overwhelmed the taste of the meat and incredible curry sauce.

Our visit was on a Thursday evening when the Sea House offers an oven-roasted, western Australia lobster tail for $24.00 (regularly $34.00) which is extraordinarily popular. This weekly offering brings in visitors from afar so reservations are strongly suggested.
A more adventurous and sublime entree was the oven-roasted Mahi Mahi stuffed with shrimp, scallops and crab then beautifully topped with a perfect ginger sake sauce. Mr. Gallagher is rightfully proud of this imaginative and award-winning dish. Complements included edemame beans, carrots and rice. Very impressive and thoroughly enjoyed.

Several visits are not at all out of the question as the Sea House’s tantalizing menu truly inspires exploration. Located on the sands of the Napili Kai Beach Resort they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations call (808) 669-1500 or visit them at www.napilikai.com.

   
  The Express-Times, August 31, 2004

 

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