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Maui Anniversary Dinner – Mama’s Fish House

This post is part of our 5th Anniversary Trip to Maui.

We went to Mama’s Fish House for the first time back in 2009 and we loved it, so for this trip we chose Mama’s for dinner on our actual anniversary – Nov 1st. I had made reservations a few months ago via Open Table (so easy!) and requested a seat with a view. To us, there was no better place to celebrate – Mama’s vintage Polynesian decor, beautiful views, and unbelievably delicious fresh fish (although pricey), represent all the elements we love about Hawaii, and why we keep returning. I do wonder why there are not more restaurants with vintage Hawaiian/Polynesian decor…I think it’s really fun, but they seem to be harder and harder to find! I wouldn’t decorate my house like it (it would look a bit out of place in a classic colonial house in NJ), but when on vacation, in Hawaii, wouldn’t you want a bit of kitsch to go with your mai tai? I surely do.

Paia is about a 30 minute drive from Wailea. We arrived at Mama’s for our 5:30pm dinner a few minutes early because I knew I wanted to get a few pictures of Mama’s spectacular waterfront setting. Parking is valet only, but it is complimentary. Their beach is very private and gorgeous…with tall curved palm trees and vintage canoes. You have to walk a few steps down, but it’s worth it…

Entering Mama’s property

I stopped to get some pictures of the beach while Steve checked in for our reservation.

Beautiful curved beach with rocks and palm trees

Our table was ready on time. Here are a few pictures of the restaurant:

Entrance into Mama’s

Beautiful florals…is this the awapuhi I squeezed at the Awili Spa?

Here’s today’s menu. The menu is reprinted every day with the daily fresh catch.

Old-world Hawaii. Slowly disappearing…sad face. 🙁

When we sat at our table, we had a lovely surprise:

How thoughtful!

Our super friendly server took our drink orders and told us there was only a few orders left of the super fresh ahi sashimi left. So of course we had to get one. I was also gifted with this beautiful fragrant lei:

I got the plantation punch and Steve got something with rum and coffee. Both were delicious. I really miss my MAI TAIS!

The fresh baked mini-loaves of bread from Mama’s.

We got a complimentary amuse-bouche:

I believe this was a carrot-coconut soup – Yummy!

Soon our appetizer came:

OMG check out the color of this beautiful ahi tuna sashimi…

The tuna tasted so clean and unlike any other tuna I’ve had. Did you know that tuna is not supposed to be fishy at all?!? I’ve been having bad tuna all my life. I need more of this now!

I ordered the opakapaka. I love opakapaka and every time I see it on a menu I get it. I believe it is a sort of pink snapper. It’s so delicious and delicate, you have to try it if you love white fish! It was served in a simple Chinese-style, steamed with sizzling coconut oil, ginger and scallion. There was a side of jasmine rice to accompany it.

Delicious expertly cooked opakapaka

Steve got the uku, which has a spicy sauce and a black rice cake. It was really good too!

Steve’s uku dish, served with black rice and avocado

Here are a few pictures of us at dinner:

Doesn’t it look like I’m wearing the drink?

This one’s a little better, but it looks like I’m taller than Steve, which I’m usually not (without heels that is)

We ended dinner with a delicious banana crumble. They also gave us complimentary Tahitian vanilla ice cream. More ice cream is always good!


And finally, some perfect slices of haupia, which is a dense creamy coconut pudding:

Thank you Mama’s Fish House for a most amazing dinner which we will remember always. Still one of our favorite Hawaii restaurants for a “splurge” meal.

Aloha! Until we can celebrate again…

And here’s a picture from our wedding day back in 2008…can’t believe it’s been 5 years already! We were married at Ponte Vineyards and Winery in Temecula, California.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Read more about our 5th Anniversary Trip to Maui!

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