Monday, March 31, 2008

Maui 2008: Five Palms

Just returned from a week-long, beautiful Maui Wedding Celebration / Vacation. For the next week or so, I will post photos/reviews of restaurants we visited.

First is a rehearsal/welcome dinner at Five Palms Beach Grill, an open-air restaurant in Wailea, Maui. Tiki torches along the beach guided guests to the beachfront restaurant. Inside, the romantic and classic atmosphere is marked by soft lighting, beautiful view, and full length open windows that invited sea breeze and the sound of ocean waves. It was $55/person (plus drinks, tax, 20% service charge) for a 3 course meal. We added an additional $5.50/drink welcome mai-tai, selected 6 bottles of wine for the guests, and everyone ordered anything additional they wanted.

Restaurant added a nice personalized menu (although my sister's name was spelled wrong even after I spelled both names over the phone as well as over emails):

Our selections as follows (note: guests were able to select 1 of 3 entree choices)

Appetizer: Pan Seared Tiger Prawn and Diver Scallops
Served with Lychee Demi Glace

very delicious, nice and delicate flavor. scallop and prawn were cooked perfectly crisp, I really enjoyed this dish.

Choice 1: Grilled Pacific Salmon
Island Style Marinade and Grilled, Laced with Cilantro Citrus Butter Sauce served with Asparagus

Nicely cooked fresh salmon, but it wasn't impressively memorable.

Choice#2: Macadamia Nut Crusted Fresh Island Fish (in this case, mahi mahi)
Served with a Lilikoi Ginger Butter Sauce, Sautéed Garden Vegetables and Jasmine Rice Pilaf

very mediocre, the crust wasn't very crisp, although the fish was fresh and moist.

Choice#3: Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
Rubbed with Hawaiian Alae Salt and Garlic Herbs, served with Mashed Potatoes, Creamy Horseradish and Au-Jus

I didn't try this dish -- my bro-in-law snapped a picture for me so I thought I'd post it.

Dessert: Pineapple Crème Brulee
Served in Pineapple Cup

tasty, crisp top, nice presentation... it was slightly too creamy but I still licked the pineapple shell clean.

The overall experience was nice, wait staff was sufficient and accompanied to our needs, but I do have a few complaints:

1. catering manager that planned our event was not there to meet us and make sure everything went as planned. he misspelled the bride's name, and did not assign the task of putting candles on the desserts for two of our guests who were also celebrating their bdays (I told someone there and he took care of it on the spot). Also, the children's keiki menus we discussed were not given to them.

2. the waitress kept pushing our guests to select over-priced tropical drinks, making suggestions when they weren't asked.

Decent experience, but I probably won't return nor recommend it for a reception (overpriced).

Five Palms
2960 S Kihei Road
Kihei, HI 96753

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