Tucked away behind Fred's Mexican Restaurant, 808 Bistro is housed in a former Greek restaurant, which creates a visually interesting architecture (unique in Maui) and open atmosphere.
We were quickly greeted by a warm, enthusiastic server. When asked whether to go with the crab dip or the goat cheese, she suggested the crab. It arrived warm and surrounded by toasted rounds. It was okay, but was missing the creaminess and flavor of other crab dips we've enjoyed.
Our server kindly offered to split the 808 salad for us. It arrived beautifully plated and tasted very good. My husband enjoyed the papaya seed dressing, but I found it to have a little more of a mayo-base than I was expecting.
The warm bread was accompanied by a warm and soft camel-colored butter that had a balsamic flavor.
For our entrees, we chose the Cordon Bleu and the Flat Iron Steak. It's important to note here that these were not the recommendations of the server. We chose these items because we were very interested in coming back for the Sunset Menu offerings, which did not feature these items.
The Cordon Bleu was okay but not anything remarkable; the Flat Iron was better. Both of us like blue cheese, but the accompanying Apple Blue Cheese Gratin was too heavy.
We were beyond full, but we couldn't pass up the unique Mac Nut Bananas Foster. We could not have been more confused when it arrived piled with pecans.
Thinking it was a mistake, we almost said something to the server but quickly realized it was intentional when she commented on how great the pecans were on the dish. Unfortunately, I wouldn't agree. Maybe chopped pecans would have worked, but a quarter pound of whole pecans absolutely overwhelmed the dish. Why in the world did they call this Mac Nut Bananas Foster?
Sadly, we weren't motivated enough to come back a second time like we had originally planned.
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