Of course, all foodies everywhere know that if you take a trip to Maui, you MUST go to Mama's Fish House. There's a lot of hype around the Paia-area restaurant-on-the-beach and it's way too pricey, but this really is a special-occasion type of place that lives up to the hype.
One evening eight of us had a reservation and drove up to the North Shore, past the surfers crowds and the flip-flopped youngsters crowding the sidewalks and bars of Paia, just north of that to the tucked-away beach house of Mama's Fish House. The last time we went here was 12 years ago, and the place had expanded considerably. The place was packed full. Our group was seated at a cool round table near the front open-air window.This was our view (below).
Many of us ordered the house signature dish for our entree: Crab and Shrimp-Stuffed Coconut-Crusted Ono. It was OUTSTANDING! The kind of dish that just makes you want to savor each bite! Presentation was nice too.
Followed by a banana rum crisp topped with coconut ice cream! Yummy!
We had wanted to arrive before dark to enjoy the ocean view and beach-front location. But as we left after dark, it was also fun to see the warm night lighting that is set up around the property. The place was still buzzing at 9:30 p.m. when we headed back to our condos.
As the valets run to fetch our cars (Where do they put all of those? there's literally no room to park for the hundreds of diners here on any given night!), we look around to take in one last look at this lovely one-of-a-kind place.