Address: 1307 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-9394 Cuisine: Eclectic Region: West Maui Price: moderate Amenities: Brunch, Ocean View, Outdoor Seating, Sunset View, Bar Seating, Beachfront Hours: M-F 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sa 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Su 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mala offers sophisticated tapas fare served on a deck mounted right over the water. The menu utilizes healthy, organic ingredients and small portions to create entrees with surprisingly flavor. Try the Seared Tombo Bruschetta or Caramel Miranda--you won't be disappointed.
Best Pupus, Winner Mala Ocean Tavern Address: 1307 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-9394 Website: http://malaoceantavern.com Eclectic is one tried-and-true way of describing the menu here, but there seems to be a method to the way things come together at Mala. Take, for example, seared ahi bruschetta, which takes place on flax seed toast and involves edamame puree. The first-course menu here seems most comfortable speaking Greek, but throws in a few slang words from as far away as the Pacific Rim. Also intriguing is the extensive drink menu. My next mission is to see how well the hummus plate pairs with Malaís handmade sangria.
Best Pupus, Winner Mala Ocean Tavern Address: 1307 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-9394 Website: http://malaoceantavern.com This eclectic eatery has a starter menu that satiates on many fronts. Consider the unique twists they give items on their pupu menu: Pomegranate, ginger and chili accompany their chicken wings. Sugar snap peas are garnished with ginger, sambal and sesame. Seared ahi bruschetta comes with edamame puree. They even serve their hummus platter with flax seed lavash bread. The list goes on. Accompanying this globe-trotting pupu menu is their extensive cocktail list, which includes the ever refreshing mojito, Blue Moon on tap and a damned fine mango (yes, mango!) martini. 1307 Front St., Lahaina, 808-667-9394. KB
BEST DINNER, Winner Mala Ocean Tavern Address: 1307 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761 Phone: 808-667-9394 Website: http://malaoceantavern.com tís impossible to get tired of the menu at Mala; there are so many different things to try, bolstered by solid, comfort-food favorites. Mala is my muse when it comes to dinner. Its contemporary and international flair keep things interesting, and the wine list is fantastic. Chefs Mark and Judy Ellman have traveled the world and gathered the best of what theyíve tasted. If you arenít sure what to pair with your meal, their knowledgeable staff is at the ready with suggestions and sips to assist you. Itís nice to be in the hands of professionals.