Mala

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October 31, 2014

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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 back of the Safeway grocery store. Phone 808-667-9394.

Mala has great food for all three meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The brunch menu is available from 9 AM to 2 PM and includes all of their breakfast and lunch items. The breakfast portion of that brunch menu has small plates, a few kinds of eggs Benedict, and several breakfast entrees. The lunch section of that brunch menu has its own small plates, salads, and lunch entrees. Details of the items in each section are listed below.

Happy Hour has excellent food and drink discounts from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. Then the dinner menu comes out from 4:30 to 9:00 PM. That dinner menu has starters, soup, salads, flatbreads, small plates,  and many entree choices such as fish, pasta, chicken, pork and steaks.  A detailed list is below.

A new feature is “Mala til Midnight” with a special menu available from 9 PM to midnight. In addition to drink specials, they have discounts on flatbreads, 50% off appetizers, and good prices on several of their most popular entrees.

Their famous dessert at dinner is Caramel Miranda, carried over from previous chef-owner Mark Ellman’s long-ago Lahaina restaurant, Avalon. Other desserts are listed below.

One of the new owners, General Manager/Wine Director Caleb Hopkins, is really elevating the wine selection.

I classify Mala in my “Fine Dining” 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 “Small Plates” or Flatbreads or a couple appetizers.  My favorite items on the menu are a unique appetizer called Ahi Bruschetta, the mushroom flatbread, and the whole wok fried fish.  My favorite breakfast item is their marvelous French Toast.

For a COUPON for a free Mini Ahi Bruschetta with purchase of two entrees at Mala, subscribe to the Maui vacation newsletter, and an email will be sent to you with coupons for many Maui restaurants.

You can’t get any closer to the ocean than this, for fine dining in Lahaina.

For other fine dining restaurants, see Maui Fine Dining Restaurants.

Mala Dinner menu (subject to change) $$$ Fine Dining

Starters

Oyster Shooter
Ahi Bruschetta
Mahi Mahi Ceviche
Ahi Tartare
Burrata
Coconut Shrimp
Lamb Meatballs
Hamakua Alii Mushrooms
Spicy Lamb Pita
Crunchy Calamari
Hummus

Soup & Salads

Soup of the Day
Watermelon Salad
Grilled Octopus Salad
Roasted Beet Salad
Farmers Salad
Mark’s Caesar
My Big Fat Greek Salad
Gado Gado
Chinese Chicken
Chinese Tofu Salad

Flatbreads

Tomato Shitake Mushroom Flatbread
Garlic Cheese Flatbread
Lamb & Feta
Flatbreak of the Day

Small Plates

Frites
Fried Tofu
Warm Mediterranean Olives
Sugar Snap Peas
Stir Fried Brussel Sprouts

Main Course

Sauteed Fresh Fish
Fish Ala Plancha
Whole Wok Fried Hawaiian Fish
Avalon Seared Ahi Sashimi
Balinese Stirfry with Fish
Fish Sandwich
Asian Seafood Pasta
Vegan Mushroom Bolognese Pasta
Steamed Manila Clambs
Chicken Piccata
Grilled Angus Filet Mignon
Braised Pork Shank
Adult Mac & Cheese
Mala Cheeseburger

Brunch Menu

Breakfast Small Plates

Avocado Toast
Hazelnut Sticky Bun
Fresh Berry Martini
Maui Pineapple Boat
Banana Mac Nut Bread Pudding

Eggs Benedict

Ahi Benedict
Classic Benedict
Lamb Benedict
Spinach Tomato Avocado Benedict

Breakfast Entrees

Israeli Eggs
Great Start Eggs
Spinach Feta Egg White Omelet
Omelet of the Day
Brioche French Toast
Chilaquiles
Huevos Rancheros
Smoked Salmon & Lox

Lunch Small Plates

Ahi Bruschetta
Oyster Shooter
Spicy Lamb Pita
Grape Tomato Shitake Mushroom Flatbread
Garlic Cheese Flatbread
Lamb & Feta Flatbread
Hummus Plate Flatbread
Stir Fried Brussel Sprouts

Salads

Mala Caesar
My Big Fat Greek Salad
Gado Gado Salad
Watermelon Salad

Lunch Entrees

Cheeseburger and Frites
Fish Sandwich
Fish & Frites
Fish Greek Pita Wrap
Chicken Greek Pita Wrap
Lamb Greek Pita Wrap
Ahi Burger

Desserts

Caramel Miranda
Chocolate Tart
Root Beer Float
Ice Cream
Butterscotch Pot De Creme
Bread Pudding
Affogato

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