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 on 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! 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…
I stopped to get some pictures of the beach while Steve checked in for our reservation.
Our table was ready on time. Here are a few pictures of the restaurant:
When we sat at our table, we had a lovely surprise:
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:
We got a complimentary amuse-bouche:
Soon our appetizer came:
The tuna tasted so clean and so 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 this now!
I ordered the opakapaka. I love opakapaka and everything I see it on a menu I must have 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.
Steve got the uku, which has a spicy sauce and a black rice cake. It was really good too!
Here are a few pictures of us at dinner:
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.
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!