My wife and I have eaten at Merriman's and Lahaina Grill the last 2 nights and judged on food, service, ambiance and value, Merriman's was a clear winner. For Merriman's, not too impressed with having to wait over 20 minutes to be seated but that was the only negative (and a small one). Davy was a top class waiter, engaging, informative, professional and with a natural charm. Hard to beat a location with so much going for it, great deck, wide open and appealing dining room and live music that added to the ambiance of the evening (this guitarist was excellent). The key though is food and it was fabulous. Huge recommendation on the Pupu selection as an appetiser - 4 samplers each of which was delightful and big enough for 2 to share and enjoy.
I had the lamb special which was substantial and perfectly cooked - 2 lamb chops and meats balls with great flavour. My wife had the seafod special which again was a selection of 3 preparations.
The chocolate purse was simply the best of it's kind my wife has ever tasted (she tells me) and she has had a lot of these chocolate desserts. Light filo pastry gives way to a delicious soft chocolate interior and with an ice cream accompaniment.
Wines are not cheap but you expect that. Overall the meal represented good value (but then we live in Hong Kong which is stupid prices) but is not a cheap evening for those on a budget.
Hard to leave out of any visit to Maui if you enjoy good food and a dining experience.
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