We booked into Mama's for lunch on Independence Day 2014. The restaurant has a relaxed, soothing ambience. Afghan carpets on the floors, various historic trinkets, including auger blades from the sugar era, and polished wooden yacht hulls and sails suspended from the roof. It could be cheesy, but somehow it works beautifully.
We all ordered non-alcoholic cocktails for drinks. Strawberry guava fizzes went down very nicely, as did a Kuau Cooler (with cranberry juice) and a pineapple juice for the 5 year old of the party.
The meal started with small wonderful home-baked loaves of bread. There was a taster of pasta with parsley and ginger. We shared appetisers of a fresh, soft trio of sashimi and beautifully tender wasabi-crusted calamari. For mains we had a Panang Fish and vegetable curry with condiments; the signature lobster-stuffed fish; sauteed Ono with mushrooms, wine wine and capers; and Ahi with coconut rice. The baby had crumbed fish and rice with veggies. It was all fantastically delicious.
There was a complimentary sweet coconut jelly to finish. Lovely.
Throughout the meal, the service was fantastic - friendly but unobtrusive - led by Jensen, our "server". And, we had the best seat in the house.
Mama's is not cheap, but as a treat (and given that we've come from Tokyo), it's not outrageously expensive either. Five of us got out of there for something like USD70 per head including tip.
Overall, 4000-odd Trip Adviser reviews, the vast majority of them strongly positive, tell the story. This place is a 'must do' at least once in Maui. Strongly recommended.
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