Ok.. for the last post I’ll make about the food on Maui we had during our recent vacation, I’m heading back to our hotel, and the ‘OnO Bar & Grill. Of all of the dining at the Westin, it’s actually the only one we went to, mostly for convienience.
First off the buffet for breakfast – it was good, but not nearly as good as the Hilton we stayed at last time on the big island. It had the omelet station (which is cool) and waffles, classic breakfast stuff like cereal, pastries, bacon, eggs Benedict, etc, but it also had you covered if you were in more of a brunch-y mood like deli meat. I liked the bagel with cream cheese, lox, and capers (mainly because I only get to have that while on vacation!) I didn’t like the eggs Benedict (the eggs were too soft for my liking) and I really would have liked to see more fruit and veg. I suppose if I hadn’t been watching what I ate, I might have enjoyed it more, but as it was the $27.95 price tag seemed pretty steep for what I had, and the quality of what was offered.
I did think that the miso soup station (a miso base with add-ins where you could add two types of seaweed, pickled cucumber, tofu, and more to your preference) along with the steamed rice and grilled fish was interesting. Yep, I had miso soup for breakfast.. yum!
So another night we returned to the ‘OnO Grill for dinner, and mum had the Macadamia Nut Chicken ($16) which didn’t look very impressive, and she said was ok.. but not the best in the world either…
I had the Furikake Seared Ahi on Sesame Focaccia ($18) which was fantastic – the tuna was just seared (with the inside cooked but not overdone at all) and it came with a sinus-clearing wasabi-mayo sauce which was fantastic. It really complimented the tuna and the focaccia really well. The sandwich came with french fries (If’ I’d be paying attention I would have swapped them for a salad) and the server brought a side of the wasabi-mayo to dip the fries in… the saltiness of the fries was perfect with the dip – though it was still REALLY hot.
Furikake is a Japanese condiment typically sprinkled over or mixed into rice. There are dozens of varieties on the market – most contain seaweed, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt. Other ingredients may include MSG and dried fish, shrimp, roe, egg, and vegetables.
This is something I’d love to try do do at home sometime…. I actually have some of this seasoning mix at home…
We had been skipping on housekeeping, and to thank us the Westin gave us a $5 coupon each day – so we had two to put towards this meal. With the coupon, the prices were fine, but without them I would have found the prices high. Unfortunately our server didn’t pay attention to the coupons, so at the end there was a bit of confusion. Oh well…
Dinner part 2
On Valentine’s Day we headed back to the ‘OnO Grill for dinner (just because we were too tired to go out after a long day!) and we both had salads. I had the Kamuela Tomato with Surfing Goat Dairy Cheese ($15) without the Maui onions, which was quite good.
I was disappointed that there was just half a tomato in a salad with tomato as the headliner, and that the only basil in the salad was the dried herb sprinkled on top, but the cheese was absolutely fantastic. The watercress was really nice; a great change from just lettuce or whatever, but I did wish that they had cut it up better – the pieces were big and required a knife and fork to make it manageable. Still… that cheese -awesome. Tangy but creamy and smooth. Yum yum!
Mum had the Paniolo Cobb salad ($17) which looked great as well, and she said that there were so many flavours that she frequently forgot to add dressing as she was enjoying it.
Of course, the photos aren’t very good because it was late in the evening and the only lighting was little fake candles. It made for a more ‘romantic’ setting (not that that mattered to us!) but it also made for lousy picture-taking!
Finally, we finished off by sharing the Macadamia Fudge Pie – Macadamia ice cream, Oreo crust, and fudge topping with caramel sauce. ($7) – this was fantastic… we kept stealing the plate back and forth from one another. Mum thought that the ice cream was just vanilla with macadamia nuts sprinkled throughout though – but either way it was really good.
Again, I found the prices high, but we were happy to use two more coupons on this meal too which brought it down to a very reasonable price. I’ll admit, I really wanted to try the Ahi Tuna salad, but at $24 – that seemed too steep!
The ‘OnO Grill is located at:
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
2365 Ka’anapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761