One of my dearest friends – known to y’all on my blog simply as StB – recently got married in Maui, Hawaii. There was no way I was going to miss this for the world, so I took myself on a week long trip… read along as I share everything I ate on this incredible vacation!
One of the things I do when I vacation – especially when I’ve done little to NO research about a place beforehand – is ask locals where they like to eat. The best locals to ask include taxi/shuttle drivers because they know where everything is, and they’ve gone all over their respective parts of the world and they know. Sometimes they don’t care about food, but more often than not, the ones I’ve talked to always have suggestions for places to go. And unlike the concierge at your hotel, they tend to have no vested interest in sending you to the nearest tourist trap (only once have I ever had a concierge who really took me seriously when I said “no, I LOVE food, I don’t care HOW FAR it is, I want the real local experience” – the others tell me these places are great but usually they’re only OK).
So on my first full day in Maui – which also turned out to be the only day I’d spend alone there – I made a point to walk over to Kihei, the town over from Wailea (where I stayed), after my shuttle driver gave me an actual list of places to hit that were ‘close enough, but not that close’ to my resort. And honestly, everything was along the same road… so it was easy to find. My eye, then, was on Alexander’s Fish & Chips because I love fish & chips. Passionately. The 3 mile walk along the beach to Kihei whetted my appetite, too, so I was ready to eat!
Okay, not that much. I opted for the small portion, which was one piece of fish – ahi or ono (they were out of mahi mahi; I was informed there’s been a shortage lately) – with fries and cole slaw. I chose ahi because I forgot what ahi meant (tuna), and it was simply described as a red fish with a bold flavor; I was a little tired of white fish. Or something.
For kicks, I added on a side of mango relish… which was tiny, bland, and overly creamy. I would not recommend this at all. I really didn’t like it and it was a huge waste of money – like $2 for that tiny cup! Odd because everything else was super cheap.
The cole slaw was okay, nothing special, a bit over mayo’d – but in Hawaii, they love their mayo.
As for the fish – freshly and perfectly fried, with a meaty, dense and yet juicy interior… with just the lightest coat of batter.
I was really impressed by the fish – how perfectly it was fried, crisp on the outside, juicy, and delicious. Based on color, taste, texture, and all, the batter appeared to be a simple egg wash with parsley, and I need to try that at home sooner than later. So simple and so good. Love. I really wanted to return a few days later, but time constraints being what they were, I didn’t get a chance.
Yvo says: I sat outside at the ‘bar’ area and looked out over the ocean while I ate and enjoyed the sun, the breeze off the water, everything. For my first meal in Hawaii, I couldn’t have asked for anything more… fantastically fresh fish fried perfectly, inexpensive, delicious, and just awesome… love. Oh, the fries were fine – just a side carb really, but that worked perfectly fine for me. Good tartar sauce too though I only used it for the fries.