Few restaurants offer cuisine where each bite is a taste and texture sensation and there is a sense of sadness when the check finally comes and it is time to leave.
The Mill House is one of those restaurants.
Nestled in the grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation it offers flora, fauna and lakeside panoramic views of the West Maui Mountains that would be the envy of most botanical gardens.
The decor pays homage to the days when sugar was king with large pieces of machinery on display, much of it blended into dramatic fountains which grace the entryway.
The dining room itself is open to an outside dining courtyard and is both comfortable and inviting.
The cuisine is locally sourced and the ingredients as fresh as the dawn. The menu is printed daily and varies somewhat, so a returning diner may discover something new and unexpected.
There are many choices on the “To Start” portion of the menu and we chose the Marinated Olives, Ceviche, Chicken Liver Mousse and Kalbi Beef. All were excellent.
The first dish was comprised of a nice selection of green and ripe olives, surprisingly fresh flavored without too much saltiness.
The fish in the ceviche was uncommonly tender and moist and the razor thin slices of jalapeño peppers gave just the right amount of “bite.”
The chicken liver mousse was spread thinly on the inside of a hemispherical bowl. In the bottom sat a small quantity of light
lilikoi syrup (which the chef calls shrub).
The tartness of the shrub was a lovely counterpoint to the richness of the mousse. Crostini were provided to spread this heavenly mixture on.
The kalbi beef was grilled to perfection and served with a refreshing slaw of green papaya and shredded carrot. So good!
We both ordered the fish entrée. It was a firm portion of white fish covered with a crispy skin. The vegetables were expertly sautéed and served with a creamy sauce that complimented the fish perfectly.
We tried three desserts during our two visits, the buttermilk panna cotta, chocolate pie and citrus curd. All were wonderful, not too sweet and a rewarding end to an outstanding dining experience.
The restaurant and grounds are extremely kid friendly and feeding the fish in the lake was one of many activities that delighted the young guests we saw.
In terms of ambiance, presentation, quality and value I can’t say enough about this restaurant. A “must visit!”
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