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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

MAMA'S FISH HOUSE
MAUI, HAWAII

This is a great little place for the freshest of fish.  Plus it sits right on the water with some huge waves rolling in.

Mama's is a bit of a trek from the traditional tourist zones (Kaanapali & Wailea) but it's well worth the effort.  You basically head toward the airport in Kahalui and then take the road to Hana.  It's at the very beginning of this road in Kuau Cove.  Look for the surf buggy sign on the left (ocean side).  It kind of sneaks up on you so keep an eagle eye out for it.

You can't go wrong on any fresh fish selection.  For starters, I can highly recommend the poke which is marinated fresh fish, often ahi (yellowfin tuna).  If onaga is on the menu, it's great.  It's a snapper like fish caught on the bottom of the ocean.  Opakapaka is a similar fish.  Or go with the fresh wahoo or giant moonfish. 

The menu explains in detail just how and where your fish was caught.  It might say:  "Tonight's opakapaka was caught by Captain James Gandy off the coast of Maui."

Mini Hawaiian luaus are featured at Mama's place and land lubbers have at least two choices each night in the form of steak and fowl.

If you bring your kids, they will love looking at the huge rollers (waves) smashing into the shoreline.  And quite often you'll see surfers down below doing battle with the curls.

Prices, like everything else in Hawaii, tend to be a little on the high side when the final bill comes but the food is really great and the atmosphere is wonderful.  The restaurant used to be an old beach house.

Check out Mama's web site right here.

ADDITIONAL RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM HAWAII:

Alexander's Fish & Chips - Kihei, Maui
Chart House - Maui
Duke's Canoe Club - Lihue, Kauai
Erik's Seafood Grotto - Maui
House of Noodles - Kapaa, Kauai
Huggo's - Kona, Hawaii
JJ's Broiler - Lihue, Kauai
Nick's Fishmarket - Honolulu
Paia Fish Market & Restaurant - Maui
Sam Choy's Diamond Head Restaurant - Honolulu


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