Mala is a small restaurant in a gorgeous setting, with indoor and outdoor seating, right on the ocean, in the north end of Lahaina. It’s at 1307 Front Street, across the street from the Lahaina Cannery Mall, near the Old Lahaina Luau. Phone 808-667-9394.
Mala has some “first courses” (small plates), but most of the menu is full-size salads and entrees. There’s plenty of seafood, plus some beef and lamb, and even a few burgers and flatbreads. Their famous dessert is Caramel Miranda, carried over from chef-owner Mark Ellman’s former Lahaina restaurant, Avalon. But my favorite dessert is the lilikoi tart.
I classify Mala in my “Expensive” category of Maui restaurants, based on the prices of the full-size entrees. But you can turn Mala into a Moderate or even Inexpensive restaurant if you just order one of the “First Courses” or Flatbreads. My favorite item on the whole menu is a First Course called Ahi Bruschetta. See below for some specific Mala menu items as well as photos.
You can’t get any closer to the ocean than this, for fine dining in Lahaina. The same chef-owner has a similar restaurant next door called Honu. There is also a Mala at the Wailea Marriott, but I haven’t tried that one.
For other fine dining restaurants, see Maui Expensive Restaurants.
Mala menu (subject to change) $$$ Expensive
Coconut Shrimp with Mint Chutney
Sugar Snap Peas
Hummus, Raita, Olives, Babaganoush, Chickpeas, Feta
House Made Olives
Big Island Alii Mushrooms
Tomato Shitake Mushroom Flatbread
Garlic Cheese Flatbread
Beet & Kula Goat Cheese
My Big Fat Greek Salad
Gado Gado Salad (Vegan with Tofu)
Avalon Seared Sashimi with Shitake Mushroom Ginger Sauce
Steamed Manila Clams
Balinese Stir Fry with Fresh Island Fish
Whole Wok Fried Fish
Hoisin Glazed Baby Back Ribs
Prime Flat Iron Steak with carmelized onions
Kobe Beef Cheeseburger
Adult Mac and Cheese with Rigatoni
Flourless Chocolate Torte Souffle
Gado Gado salad: