November 27, 2013

Taste of Aloha

For our honeymoon, my husband and I went to Maui. We wanted to go somewhere where we both hadn't been and wanted to really relax and unwind after all the hustle and bustle with the wedding. Oh, and of course we wanted to go somewhere great for foodies like us. We booked our honeymoon through Unforgettable Honeymoons after hearing about our friends' fantastic experience with them. We share our friends' sentiments as we too had a fantastic experience with that company. They made everything so easy and really listened to what we wanted. 

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua and @#!$%&^*, so amazing!!! We stayed in a room on the Club Level which gave us access to personal concierge and the private lounge. In the private lounge there were free drinks, breakfast, lunch, dessert, and snacks/appetizers. Often times we found ourselves just wanting to eat in the lounge. Everyday there were new dishes and all were freaking delicious. We did manage to venture out a couple of times and all the food we had we kept saying that "this is the best I've ever had." There is one dish in particular that we still are talking about now over a year later. The dish we are obsessing over is Ahi Avo from Star Noodle in Lahaina (the exec chef was a contestant on Top Chef BTW). Ahi Avo was like a gift from the Gods. It was so simple yet so delicious. It consisted of the freshest Ahi tuna diced and served with avocado, some kind of sauce, and had this lemon oil drizzle.

I am currently drooling all over my computer.

So that brings me to the whole reason for this post. I saw someone tweet @HowChowBlog about a fairly new restaurant that opened up in Arbutus called Taste of Aloha. I checked out their website and immediately forwarded the website to my husband. They have all of the Hawaiian food we have been craving since we left Hawaii (POKE, plate lunches, matsubi, kalua pig)! We decided to check it out last week, basically because I couldn't wait any longer to try this place. 

We talked to the owner while there and found out that they have been open for a little over a month now. Their menu changes often. They have a small area with a few tables and chairs if you want to eat in which is what we did not realizing that they would be closing shortly for a private event (oops). They were nice and did not kick us out :)

Roy-bi Munchie (Kalbi on a Kaiser with kimchi slaw and teriyaki mayo)
The husband liked the flavor very much and the generous helping of macaroni salad. The only dislike was that the kalbi was not very tender.

Mahi Kimchi Tacos (whatever fish option of the day is with sriracha sour cream, kimchi slaw, and fruit salsa)
I thought these were good, but messy. I loved the fries, I have a soft spot for fries.

 
Daily Poke
From their website:
Poke pronounced po-kee or po-kay, is a lesser known Hawaiian favorite. This raw seafood salad, a cross between sushi and cevechie, is loved  by both the locals and the haole (white folk) that come to stay.  You can find fresh pre-made made poke at every fish counter in Hawaiian grocery stores and at seafood markets across the state. Locals often stop by the market several times a week for this quick and healthy lunch. We will make ours fresh daily with seasonal ingredients.

I laughed when I read this because when we were in Maui we did stop at least a few times at the grocery store nearby our resort for fresh poke. 


I will definitely return to Taste of Aloha and encourage all of you to give this place a try!

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