maui: part 2 a/k/a mama’s fish house

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Warning: This post may make you very hungry and thirsty. My stomach is now growling as I’m writing this, and I just had lunch.

If you’re ever in Maui, you must dine at Mama’s Fish House. Make reservations early, this place is understandably booked for weeks in advance. Firstly, the beach that Mama’s is situated on is a slice of heaven. The 2nd pic is the view from our table. No glass windows here, just the sea breeze and you.

Second, order a cocktail. I got a cool retro drink, I think it was called the Relaxer. Aptly named and delicious (see first pic above). I switched over to the New Zealand Sauv Blanc for the rest of my dinner.

Third, every single dish we ordered was amazing. Apologies for not taking pics of the main course, they didn’t last long enough for me to click a pic, lol. We ordered the Wasabi Crusted Calamari, Kaua’i Prawns Polynesian with Taha’a Island vanilla and a Lobster guacamole with taro & plantains (pictures provided above). Our favorite was the calamari, it was very different from the calamari from home. It was super tender and instead of rings, it was more like a mini calamari filet mignon steak. The accompanying salad and dressing was to die for–sweet, sour, tangy and light. It really showcased the delicate creamy flavor of the calamari. The prawns were my second favorite. The fresh native prawns (not available outside of Hawaii, as explained by our server) were naturally sweet and the vanilla bean butter sauce was perfection. Again, unlike any prawn dish I’ve had before. The lobster guacamole was excellent, but I’d probably order something else next time since we’ve had great guacamole before.

My husband ordered their signature fish for his main course, the Mahimahi stuffed lobster and crab (baked in a macadamia nut crust). Based on our server’s spot-on suggestion, I had the Opakapaka sautéed with Hamakua mushrooms, garlic butter, white wine and capers. All the fish is caught locally, so it’s very fresh. Both of us loved our main dishes so much. The fish was tender, delicate and so flavorful. The sauce on my Opakapaka was delicious, I wanted more to take back to the hotel so I could enjoy it once more.

We split the signature dessert, the Polynesian Black Pearl (Liliko’i chocolate mousse In a pastry seashell). Amazing, it was almost too pretty to eat. But it was quickly devoured as well as the golden mango sauce, which was a wonderful contrast to the rich silky chocolate.

I don’t know about you, but I am seriously jonesing for Mama’s Fish House now. My husband said the next time we are in Hawaii, we’d make a special trip to Maui just to dine at Mama’s again. It’s that good and more than worth it. I’d recommend getting a reservation time that syncs with the beautiful sunset. Bring your good camera and get there early so you can take a bunch of photos of the ocean behind you and your loved one(s).

p.s. I wore my new Madewell Gallerist Ponte V-Neck Dress in Stripemix (now further reduced on sale until tonight!). My husband loved it because it was in his favorite color, navy blue. I loved it because it stretched (discreetly) with my growing belly as I enjoyed my lovely dinner, lol.

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