Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Hour in Maui

In Hawaii, small plate appetizers are called pupus. A true vacation spot such as this, we had no problem scouring the island for happy hour and pupus, which could be found at almost every corner.  Narrowing down was a tough choice but after sampling a few places, here are the best happy hour spots we found in Maui.  It didn't take long for us to get ourselves acquainted to Hawaiian favourites such as Mai Tai, POG (Passion, orange, guava), lava flow (pina colada-style liquid heavenly ice cream cocktail).  Some popular pupus that can be found everywhere are kalua pork quesadilla, fish tacos, fried ahi roll, tuna poke, lani ribs, and crab cakes.

Sea House Restaurant
Located on Napili Kai Beach, this beachfront restaurant has one stunning view and looks like it has been around for a while.  What made this one of our favourite go-to places for happy hour is its wide selection of pupus and cocktails with at least two full pages dedicated for each.

We were really surprised to see a version of French onion soup making the list on their happy hour pupus.  The dishes arrived fairly quickly and some portions are fair size and great for sharing.  The price ranges only $5-$6, making a great opportunity for a variety of items.  We enjoyed many of the dishes but my favourite was the poke nacho.  We feasted enough to keep us full passed dinner time!
Sesame seared ahi 
Poke nacho
Crispy Kapalua roll
Crispy Maui Beach Balls 
Lani ribs
Tenderloin Bruschetta
Kalua pork taco

Sea House on Urbanspoon

3's Bar & Grill
We traveled all the way down to Kihei in search of Three's Bar & Grill.  Although it's located just off South Kihei road, it still took a bit of a hawk eye to spot this hidden restaurant.  Unfortunately, we didn't meet the 3 handsome surfers/chefs who are the masterminds behind the restaurant, we were quite pleased with 50% off pupus.

We sat down on the patio where the atmosphere was mellow and casual.  There was a live musician performing acoustic renditions and it truly felt like we were on a vacation.
At only $3, happy hour drinks include margarita, Mai Tai, and beer.  We made sure we loaded up the first two.  
The most special item we ordered and saw at every table was the Kalua pork nacho.  It was not only huge, but completely loaded! The nacho was composed of 3 different kinds of chips; tortilla chips, house-made potato and purple yam chips. It's then topped with tender pieces of pulled Kalua pork, topped with tomatoes, truffle lime aioli, melted cheese, sour cream and a scoop of fresh guacamole.  This was the ultimate party dish.

Of course, the kalua pork quesadillas paled in comparison to the nacho, but it was topped with some pineapple salsa.
The coconut prawns were fairly large and succulent.  They were also topped with some pineapples and surrounded by sweet Thai chili sauce.  The batter was not too thick and the shrimp were not overcooked.
Chicken satay skewers are grilled and dipped with a sweet peanut sauce.  They are reminiscent of South East Asian satay skewers and jerk chicken.

The panko-crusted tuna roll was very similar to the one we had at Sea House restaurant, only these were not as heavily fried (the whole roll was fried then sliced versus coating and frying each individual piece).  They were also bathing in a sea of sweet and tangy sauce. 
Three's Bar & Grill on Urbanspoon

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