Saturday, April 27, 2013

Duke's Beach House - Maui

Aloha!  My husband and I are currently in Maui, so get ready for some tropical restaurant reviews!

We just arrived today, and after our 5+ hour flight from LAX, we were pretty hungry.  We ended up wandering down the beach to Duke's Beach House.  Their menu includes Hawaiian favorites that include locally-grown ingredients.

the view
The restaurant is located at a beautiful resort set back a bit from the beach.  The decor is very tropical, as you'd expect. They have life music during happy hour.

Mango BBQ Ribs and Huli Huli Chicken
My husband ordered the Mango BBQ Ribs and Huli Huli Chicken which came with macaroni salad and rice.  It was like a luau on a plate.  He thoroughly enjoyed it, but he was envious of my meal.

Arugula and Farro salad with fresh island fish
I ordered the Arugula and Farro salad with the fresh island fish.  The fish was probably the best I have EVER tasted.  It was perfectly seasoned and flaky whitefish.  Maybe the fish is this good everywhere in Maui, but so far I'd have to say that Duke's does it right.  I'd go there again just for the fish.  The salad was delicious, but the fish was hands down incredible.  The salad included goat cheese from Surfing Goat Dairy which is located on Maui along with fire-roasted squash, tomatoes (I'm not a tomato person, bu these were great) and basil lemon vinaigrette.  Yum!

The dessert menu was too tempting to resist.  One of my husband's favorite desserts ever is creme brulee, so he just had to try the Trio of Creme Brulee which included Kona espresso, Tahitian vanilla and Hawaiian vintage chocolate.  They were all tasty, but the Kona espresso was our favorite.

Trio of Creme Brulee
Chocolate Martini
I treated myself to a Chocolate Martini for dessert.  I didn't officially get carded, but the waitress did ask if I was over 21.  That always feels good.  The Martini was good and a perfect ending to the meal.  I must admit that this was my first Chocolate Martini (I've been wanting to try one forever), so I don't have a lot to compare it too.  I enjoyed it, but I'd probably try something else for dessert at Duke's next time.

Happy eating (and drinking)!

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