Maui Plantation House Review
How stunning is this view overlooking the sunset, Pacific Ocean, and the 19th hole? The Plantation House located in the Kapalua resort in West Maui is a storybook dream come to life. It's known as one of Maui's top fine-dining restaurants for its innovative cuisine and picturesque location. It's a very popular destination for locals and visitors alike. I can see why. It's a great place for people watching as well! You can see golfers making their way on the green. I love a great view, but I love good food and good company even more.With such a romantic location, I had to bring worthy date to take in the sights with... so obviously I had to take my lovely friend, Amy of Backyard Bite. I was very excited to have a whole meal cooked by Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez, who was voted one of Hawaii’s “Rising Star Chef’s.” I was told that Chef Jojo had also done a lot of re-crafting of many of the dishes and incorporating lots of local ingredients for his own unique take on Hawaiian cuisine. The Plantation House also has a special gluten-free menu available for those with dietary restrictions as well.
The Plantation House had quite the extensive list of premium and vintage wines, as well as cocktails. It was really hard to choose. Everything tasted so fresh considering the great ingredients they had on hand. Just as we had gotten out cocktails, the sunset had gone down before our eyes in less than a minute! Maui sun don't mess around. I'm so glad we got there before the sun go down. It was beyond beautiful. Blue Napili egg custard with longananisa sausage with pickled cucumbers. What a gorgeous chawanmushi! This was mind blowing. The custard melted in your mouth. The egg really was blue in color, but it didn't come out in photographs. It was a very faint, light blue hue to it. This may have been the first dish to come out from Chef Jojo, but it was the best of the night for me. And that's saying a lot considering how delicious the meal was. Next up was this colorful trip of pupus (Hawaiian appetizer).
The absolutely exquisite Niihau Lamb Vindaloo. Known also as the “Forbidden Island” due to limited access, Niihau is home to a small community of native Hawaiians who are descendants of the original families who lived there during ancient times. Only full Hawaiians can go there. The Niihau Lamb Vindaloo was my other top dish of the night. The rest of the night was dedicated to sweet tooth galore!
Mango panna cotta and honeydew cheesecake! How can you go wrong when you're in Hawaii surrounded by some of the freshest fruit around? Dessert and fruit. What a winning combo. Chocolate mousse. If you love chocolate, you need to give this a try. Decadent, rich chocolate with each bite. Lilikoi sorbet. You know I'm a sucker for anything Passionfruit. I was on a passionfruit binge ever since I stepped off the plane. I was so full by the point, but I had to finish all the lilikoi sorbet. I'm drooling looking at this picture right now. Amy, Tea Expert Kathy Chan, and myself with Chef Jojo after our delicious meal. The Plantation House was so breathtaking. It would make such a gorgeous wedding or party venue. I wish I had more time in Maui so that I could have gone back for brunch or lunch. Unfortunately, my schedule was jammed packed.
The Plantation House is located at 2000 Plantation Club Drive. Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-669-6299
Check out my other Maui Coverage thus far:
- So I Arrive on Maui, Now What?
- Maui Ag Fest 2015: Live Chef's Challenge
- Grand Taste Event at Maui Ag Fest 2015