Mama’s Fish House…a fabulous place to dine

Mama’s Fish House…a fabulous place to dine

There is no shortage of wonderful restaurants in Maui to experience the food which has come to characterize the cuisine of the Hawaiian islands.  In the early 1990’s, a group of twelve chefs developed what they came to call the Hawaiian fusion style.  It draws from the foods that are locally available, fresh seafood, beef, and tropical fruits, and is a fusion of other ethnic influences…imagine mixing pesto sauce with mangos and pineapple, or black bean sauce with papayas and coconut.  The result is  a culinary delight that is beautifully presented and fabulously delicious, and has made the Hawaiian chefs some of the most famous in the world….and there is no better place to experience this wonderful food than at Mama’s Fish House.

Mama’s Fish House

Mama’s Fish House sits on a private stretch of beach, dotted with palm trees, so you can watch the waves crashing on the beach from your table if you’re lucky enough to get a frontline table.  Go at lunch time so you can enjoy this scenic view while you dine, because you won’t be able to see it once the sun goes down.

Mama’s Fish House View

The interior captures the essence of memories of Polynesia with its tropical decor…fishing reels fanning out below the ceiling, canoes and paddles hanging from above, barkcloth on the walls, and split bamboo poles echoing the distant calls from Samoa, Fiji, Samoa, and the Hawaiian Islands.  There are amazing paintings by some of Hawaii’s most famous local artists, and the person who creates the fresh flower arrangments exclusively for the restaurant designs the most unique flower displays I’ve ever seen with the exotic Hawaiian protea.

Maui Fish House Interior
One of our favorite tables
Amazing flowers at Mama’s Fish House
Red heliconia
Yellow heliconia and pink/green anthurium

The food…omg…it is the perfect blend of the freshest fish and local produce combined to create exotic dishes that are as beautiful for the eyes as it tastes for your palate.  There is a reason why Mama’s Fish House is rated as one of the best restaurants in the world.

Grilled Mahi Mahi with poi and grilled plantains
Panko crusted mahi maui with lemon butter sauce
3 local fishes in coconut red curry sauce
Maui August 2011 (210)
Fresh fish with beurre blanc caper sauce
Penang curry fish
Maui August 2011 (216)
Traditional Hawaiian baked fish in banana leaves
Grilled steak and papaya salad
Deep fried fish with black bean sauce

There is no way to describe the desserts…one is more wonderful than the next, but I’ll just leave you with one which I’m sure will make your mouth water.

The chocolate mousse black pearl with papaya, white and dark chocolate sauce

A trip to Mama’s Fish House will, no doubt, be an unforgettable one, and will be a culinary highlight of your trip to Maui.

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Monie Thompson