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honeymoon on Maui, in Wailea - must eat recs?

Defintely a good suggestion. This is one of those places you would go to strictly for the food.

The physical space is not intended to be the type of place you would want to stick around and look at for long.

Apr 02, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

honeymoon on Maui, in Wailea - must eat recs?

If you are accustomed to great high quality sushi elsewhere, you are probably not going to be tremdously impressed with Sansei.

My feeling is that they get their high scores becuase of the plethora of uniquely imaginative rolls and dishes they offer that you won't have tried anywhere else, rather than for the actual overall quality of the food. Their regular pieces of sushi are acutally a bit sub-par.

FOR MAUI, I still find them to be a tremedoulsy fun stop for sush-lovers, if not a world-class sushi experience for most people. Sushi may be the one seafood experience in Maui that in fact does NOT measure up to many people's other dining experiences. Sansei IS Maui's best sushi option I think.

Apr 02, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

The best restaurant on Maui is: Nick's Fish Market

I have been there but not recently.

I found it good as well, but the menu was not quite as appealing to me personally as the others.

Mar 25, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

The best restaurant on Maui is: Nick's Fish Market

Interesting.

I knew they had the Nick's FIshmarket in Chicago, but was not aware of the one in Honolulu.

Thanks for the info.

Mar 21, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

The best restaurant on Maui is: Nick's Fish Market

I do not visit Honolulu that often, and I've never been to the Nick's there. I can't comment on that location one way or another...

If/when you do get to try the Nick's location in Maui, I'd be interested to hear your comparison of the Maui and Honolulu versions.

Mar 21, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

The best restaurant on Maui is: Nick's Fish Market

Hi.

I assume that the title of this post might become controversial so I thought it warranted its own topic.

Many of the topics on the Hawaii section of this Chowhound tab have different ways of phrasing the question "what is the “best” restaurant on Maui?" Having just concluded my eigth trip and 12th week in Maui over a ten year period, I have to conclusively let people know that the best FOOD on Maui will be found a Nick’s Fish Market restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel in Wailea. Full stop.

I know many people want the right answer to be one of the locally owned places like Mama’s Fish House or Hali'imaile General Store instead of a corporate resort run shop like Nick’s. So do I, please believe me. This is a website for people focused on FOOD quality, however, and we have to acknowledge the facts as they are, not as we wish they were.

Mama's Fish House probably has the most authentically Hawaiian atmosphere of all fine dining options on the island of Maui. However, the food, while very good, is not THE best on the island and does not warrant being the highest priced on the island in my mind (and on my palate).

Best Hawaiian Atmosphere? Yes, the best (as long as you don't have a problem with dense, fun, sea-faring decor and a 100 dining tables or more producing a rush-hour-like, train station effect).
Best FOOD on the Island at Mama’s? No.

Conversely, Nick’s Fish Market is on a corporate resort property and therefore does not quite have as “true” an authentic Hawaiian feel as Mama’s does. In fact is may have the third best ambiance overall of these top-three spots. However, if you are searching this board because you are looking for the best, Pacific-themed, world-quality FOOD experience available on Maui, that will absolutely be found a Nick’s Fish Market at the Fairmont Hotel in Wailea. This is not even a close call for world travellers who are being honest with themselves about food quality.

Rounding out this reviewer’s top three picks on the island is Hali'imaile General Store. For the Honeymooners, the General Store might actually have the only calm, romantic air about it of all three of these top choices and could be the best place to many people for that reason alone.

If you are in fact looking to find the best prepared food on the island of Maui and are less focused on authentic island ownership or feel of the place, there is absolutely NO question that Nick’s is you place. All three of these are quite good though and worthy of a visit if you are so fortunate.

Please write back and add your opinion if you do…

Bon Appetit!

Mar 20, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

Maui - Kaanapali or Lahaina - poke and oysters and other raw things?

Go to Sansei Sushi and try the Ahi Carpaccio, Seared ahi salad and any number of fantastic sushi and rolls they have created.

Mar 19, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

honeymoon on Maui, in Wailea - must eat recs?

Mama's Fish House probably has the most authentically Hawaiian atmosphere of all fine dining options on the island of Maui. However, the food, while very good, is not THE best on the island and does not warrant being the highest priced on the island in my mind (and on my palate).

Best Hawaiian Atmosphere? Yes, the best (as long as you don't have a problem with fun, dense, sea-faring decor and a 100 dining tables or more which produces a rush-hour, train station effect).

Best FOOD on the Island? No.

Conversely, Nick’s Fishmarket is on a corporate resort property and therefore does not quite have as “true” an authentic Hawaiian feel as Mama’s does. However, if you are searching this board because you are looking for the best, Pacific-themed, world-quality FOOD experience available, that will be found a Nick’s Fishmarket at the Fairmont Hotel in Wailea.

Rounding out this reviewer’s top three picks on the island is Hali'imaile General Store.

Happy dining!

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Mama's Fish House
Paia HI, Paia, HI

Mar 19, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

honeymoon on Maui, in Wailea - must eat recs?

You MUST go to Nick's Fishmarket at the Fairmont Hotel. Get a reservation ASAP. It is the BEST in Wailea by far.

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Nick's Fishmarket
2070 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Mar 13, 2011
HungryandAway in Hawaii

Sushi in Madrid (and/or Barcelona)

Hi we're travelling for a few weeks in Madrid and (shortly) Barcelona. We've been enjoying all of the local food non-stop and now are craving a good sushi dinner. Any suggestions for where is a good/great place to get sushi in Madrid (or Barcelona for next week)? THANKS!!

Nov 29, 2006
HungryandAway in Spain/Portugal