Sunday, 5 February 2012

Beach Cuisine: Castaways and The Gazebo

If you are headed to West Maui, there are 2 must-go restaurants when you are in the mood for no-fuss, good grub.  The Castaway Café and The Gazebo.  Castaways is a short beach walk or boardwalk away from The Royal Lahaina Resort (just keep walking north past the luau'll find it), nestled in between 2 condo complexes. It has that typical (and perfect) Hawaiian indoor/outdoor feel in that all of the windows and doors are open to walking right outside...or inside from the beach.  The best meal to have...the pancakes! They are as "hawaiian" as it gets with your choice of macadamia nuts, pineapple or banana pancakes and served with the oh-so-delicious coconut syrup found in most restaurants (and also at the ABC store...make sure you buy a bottle or 2 to bring home with you!).

The Gazebo
The Gazebo is another must-do experience.  This one is located in Napili, just a few miles north of Ka'anapali.  You can definitely expect to wait for a half hour or so, as the restaurant only has at the most 10 tables in it.  However, while you wait in line they serve free coffee, have a little knick-knack shop AND you can wander over to the beach and watch for turtles, whales, or people getting married beachside.  Once you do get seated, it's exactly as you imagine it - a little gazebo.  I highly recommend you get the Hawaiian Fried Rice plate.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Rice, eggs, bacon, portuguese sausage...and the plate is gigantic, you might want to share!

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