Having spent the last 4 Thanksgivings on Maui -- I have learned to set my expectations accordingly (i.e. not too high). We decided - a year in advance - to eat at SeaWatch this year based on reviews and previous experience. It's one of the best looking restaurants in Maui. Recently, we were told it had changed hands -- and a very special chef "Bev Gannon" had taken it over. We made the mistake of letting that raise our expectations.
A menu that promised "a fantastic Thanksgiving affair with all of the scrumptious food you have come to love from my holiday buffets" was actually the same appetizer menu that was printed on Aug 27 and the entree menu from Oct 30. They added a Turkey special to the menu and choice of Pecan or Pumpkin pie, but otherwise nothing that looked like any extra effort for the holidays. They appeared more interested in shutting the place down for three weeks and ordered their food accordingly.
The menu was full of self-promotion (like everything Bev Gannon) with lots of I's and Me's talking about what was to come -- but Thanksgiving was ho-hum. Having made reservations, we were met with "It will be a little bit of a wait for a table of 4". How long? "We don't know". After a long pause while they tried to figure out where this was going -- they asked us There were better ways to have handled this -- we know, it's Thanksgiving on Maui. Most of the staff looked like they had been hired for the day. And the boss, she just wandered around - and didn't seem to add much. She kinda looked like she wasn't sure why she had bought this place. Fortunately, our server was adequate, and so was Tom the Turkey.
The whole place didn't look quite as fresh as SeaWatch in the past. Worn woodwork, sticky furniture. Closed bathrooms. As they were shuttering the place for a few weeks -- I avoided anything on the menu that might kill me.
She made sure to delete any references to the previous Award winning chef Todd Carlos from their website -- but not his positive reviews.
If you have a good product - you don't need the hollywood hype and self promotion, especially on Maui.
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