Mama’s Fish House
Just past the quaint little plantation town of Paia, in Maui’s North Shore, you will find Mama’s Fish House nestled among a coconut grove along the secluded white sand beach of Kuau Cove. For four decades, Mama’s has been serving the freshest local fish in the most beautiful Old Hawaii setting in all of the islands, making it Maui’s top destination for special occasions. Consistently winning both state and national awards, Mama’s Fish House is a destination you won’t want to miss while on Maui.
A Step Back into Old Hawaii
As you make your way along the the gecko-shaped stones you will feel as though you are transported back to a time of Elvis, Blue Hawaii, and Hawaiiana kitch. The beach-side setting, under swaying coconut trees, couldn’t be more spectacular. You pass under a Banyan tree arch to find a dazzling Polynesian building filled with stunning tropical flower arrangements, one-of-a-kind tiki carvings, and an endless supply of original Hawaiian artwork. When greeted with glowing smiles by naturally beautiful women dressed in vintage Hawaiian dresses and flowers tucked behind their ears you know you have entered into a place that knows the true meaning of aloha.
The Best Seat in the House
Once inside, seated at the best seat in the house with an ocean-view table in a small hut, we knew we were in for a special treat. Right away, we noticed how much everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The whole place was filled with genuine happiness.
When given the menu created just for that day, we found it to be filled with so many delicious sounding dishes it was hard to pick what we would have for our first meal at Mama’s. After going round and round with each other on what we should order, we decided on sharing a table full of their enticing sounding appetizers. This way we could try many different dishes and still have room for dessert.
Food You Will Never Forget
For our table of appetizers we decided on Tahitian Ceviche, Ono marinated in lime juice and coconut milk in a fresh coconut served with taro chips, Island Prawns Polynesian, succulent grilled prawns on a bed of vanilla sauce, Wasabi Crusted Calamari, and Uku Kama, crispy-fried fish cheek served with soy-chili sauce. The food was so beautifully presented upon its arrival that we almost couldn’t bear to eat it, but that one second quickly passed and we dived right in. Every bite was enticing.
Every plate we tried surpassed the one before with the Wasabi Crusted Calamari and Tahitian Ceviche being both of our favorites. The calamari was so light and fresh you could have cut it with a butter knife. The ceviche was the most flavorful and freshest we have ever had. To say the food was amazing is an understatement. It is by far, the best meal we have had on Maui.
Save Room for Dessert
The desserts at Mama’s are in a league of their own. The Lilikoi Creme Brulee was the best I’ve ever tasted. I don’t usually like flavored creme brulee, as much as I like vanilla, but the lilikoi bumped vanilla right out of first place. The Polynesian Black Pearl with lilikoi and chocolate mousse in a pastry seashell is one of the most beautiful desserts I have ever seen. It is simply a work of art.
We have now been to Mama’s Fish House 4 times over the past year. Every time has been amazing. Every time we’ve ordered new things and loved every one of them. From these additional visits, we also highly recommend the Macadamia Nut Crab Cakes with fire and ice relish and the Beef Polynesian with seared tenderloin in a grilled ripe Hana papaya. Both are absolute culinary perfection. We’ve been there for both lunch and dinner; big parties and little. No matter the reason, our experience has always been top notch.
Was it the beautiful oceanfront open air dining or basking in the warm glow of the Maui sunshine? Could it have been Mama’s exquisite cuisine artfully prepared and orchestrated to perfection in every bite? Or maybe it was the constant special attention that’s been given to us on every visit. We believe it was all of the above along with the people of Mama’s Fish House that go above and beyond perfection with their desire to make you feel right at home in their kitchen.
We look forward to the day we get to return to Mama’s Fish House.
Have you ever been to Mama’s Fish House? What was your favorite thing about Mama’s?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.