After recommendations from a friend and former native to the island (thanks Ginger!) we ate dinner at Hali’imaile General Store after driving up from the beach of Wailea. We were not disappointed as the food was delicious and ended up being the best tasting meal of our whole trip.
We started off with some ”Togarashi Shishito Peppers - blistered semi-spicy peppers tossed with togarashi, kabayaki sauce 10” and the “Sashimi Napoleon - layers of ahi tartare, smoked salmon, sashimi ahi, crispy wonton stack wasabi vinaigrette 24”, both of which were great ways to start off a meal, especially the Napoleon, which was practically a meal on its own.
For main course we had the “HGS House Salad - fresh island greens, orange segments, toasted walnuts, shaved maui onions, balsamic vinaigrette 10” and “Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi - tropical fruit salsa, whipped molokai sweet potatoes, mango-lilikoi butter sauce 42”. The fish was a nice thick cut and the juiciest piece that I had on my whole vacation. I kept ordering mahi-mahi at other places hoping for another masterpiece, but all fell short of HGS (Paia Fish Market was a close second, but missing the gourmet accompaniments).
The presentations were simple and elegant, with attention to detail even down to the small garnishes and one could tell right away that there was a chef in the kitchen who cared about their craft. Only later (on a trip to the restroom and seeing all the articles on the wall) did I discover that it is the restaurant of Chef Bev Gannon, one of Maui’s and Hawai’i’s leading chefs. It showed. A job well done!
Mahalo to Ginger for the recommendation, Janet for being the hostess with the mostess, and Chef Gannon for creating such a gem of a restaurant in a quiet little upcountry location.
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