Had a truly memorable meal at Spago Maui. My wife and I were in Hawaii on a vacation that coincided close enough to our two year anniversary, and I decided this was the spot to have our celebratory dinner. Spago is a name I'd heard before (and Wolfgang Puck of course) and it lives up to the hype here.
First, the setting: a lovely outdoor patio with views over the water and Wailea beach. Tip: reserve around 6 and show up early to get a table overlooking the ocean at sundown. Sun sets early in Hawaii! And it is so worth it to fine early if it means watching the sunset as you sip a brilliantly creative cocktail.
For drinks: Wife had a spicy jalapeño infused rum drink. I opted for their take on a classic old fashioned - both were done so well. Hats off to the bartender. Wine selection is incredible but frankly overpriced... the cocktails less so.
The apps are really mains by any other name. We shared a playful Japanese style waygu (?) fish course that combined some great flavors of sesame and chili. Didn't want it to end!
I had the classic ahi tuna entree, which was done to perfection. Wasabi mashed potatoes ideally complemented the perfectly cooked fish, glazed with a ginger reduction. My wife had a more innovative indian-style Mahi Mahi dish which was really good. Chutney on top of mahi mahi left me skeptical at first glance but.... I had several bites. Can't explain it - it just worked.
For dessert they have a lot of local flavor. We opted for a banana ice cream baked in chocolate, which was unique and delicious. They were nice enough to write Happy Anniversary at the top which was of course a lovely touch.
Which brings me to service. The make or break of any five star, $$$$ meal. I have had experiences that left a lot to be desired, delicious food notwithstanding. This was not one of them. The waiter and assistant staff were courteous and professional, not rushing us, but attentive. At one point I looked around for our waiter and had hardly turned around before one appeared - not ours, mind you, but able to see I was looking about for some assistance. That's so key when you're at a nice place. And so rare.
Can't say enough good things, in sum. While the price tag is high (four drinks, app, two mains, dessert, and two cappuccinos ran us $300 with tip), for a special occasion meal this was a smashing success. Thank you, Spago!
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