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One of my very favorite things to do on vacation is eat…and enjoy a drink or two. I like to explore the surrounding area and eat local food as much as possible when we travel, but I also really like to be lazy sometimes and eat at the hotel we are staying at. Like most families, our life at home is go-go-go enough, so I want some of my vacation to be sit-sit-sit. So, I really like when the hotel we are at offers some good food options for times when we don’t want to load up the car and leave the property. Lucky for us, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is not only located around some good food options in Maui, but they also have some delicious food available on-site. If you are interested, here are some other posts from our recent trip:
Exploring Maui Beyond the Andaz Maui (Little Beach, Monkeypod, and More)
Sometime this fall the Andaz Maui will feature a Morimoto Maui restaurant, but since that is not yet open, I will just discuss the food options you currently have on the property. Guess I’ll just have to go back when Morimoto opens…
The main restaurant at the hotel is the Ka’ana Kitchen that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers a family-style experience with an open-concept kitchen and ingredients from local farms including Ono Farms, Surfing Goat Dairy, Flo Farm, Evonuk Farms, Waipoli Hydroponic, No’opono Farms, Kapa’a Farms, and more.
We were told that they want you to feel like you are eating in the (nice) kitchen of a friend or relative instead of an impersonal restaurant. As soon as you walk in the restaurant you are greeted at a cocktail station where the mixologists are happy to make you an amazing drink (that is likely better than your friend or relative would offer you at their house!). In the mornings, the cocktail station focuses on fresh squeezed juice concoctions.
There are also some shots and video of the restaurant in the video we made about the property.
This restaurant is where you get to enjoy your complimentary Hyatt Diamond breakfast, if you have that elite status. You have your choice of ordering off of the buffet (which is not at all the right word for it), or off the rather small breakfast menu. Even if you select the buffet, you can still order half orders of items off the menu as an included option. You also have your fresh juice and coffee included in the buffet. The items that are sitting out are kept warm by some magic process where the surface they are on is heated only when the item is present.
It truly felt like I was visiting a friend’s house and they had already prepared food for us…it was just our job to pick what we wanted and pile up our plate. I highly recommend the fritters, donuts, fried rice, bacon, pancakes, and fruit (and a good swim to work it off afterward).
If you don’t like any of the pre-cut fruit, they will slice up some whole fruit for you to enjoy. We loved some of the fresh sliced pineapple!
I will say that around the fruit and bread area there were some small black flying bugs that were as interested in the food as I was. There weren’t tons of them, but I did notice them on both mornings we dined in the restaurant.
For the two of us, breakfast was around $100 each day with the buffet option ($45 per person), but this was all wiped out thanks to the Diamond breakfast benefit. The tip that we added also never made it to our final bill. Most of the breakfast entrees such as Kalua Pork Benedict, Hawaiian Bento Box, and Poached Eggs and Hashbrowns are in the $20 – $25 range.
If I didn’t have the breakfast benefit included, I likely wouldn’t have had breakfast here more than one day just due to the cost. It was still worth enjoying at least once I think even if you are paying out of pocket – just time it where it counts for lunch, too!
At dinner the vibe in the restaurant is a little less casual than breakfast, but not in a stuffy sort of way. Mostly just the lights are dim and it is a bit more lively. It is still a very welcoming place where you aren’t judged by what you wear or how you pronounce the wine you are ordering…well at least not to your face. Some of the menu items at dinner are entree sized, and some are small bites.
If you just want something quick (or cheaper), then the Mokapu Market is another on-site option. It is actually located a bit out of the way, so you have to be looking for it. It is off to the right down a hallway as you enter the lobby from the front of the hotel. One thing I loved about this market is it is open 24/7, which can be a good thing if you are coming from the mainland and you are up at 4AM hungry and looking for something to eat thanks to the 6 hour time difference from the East Coast.
This market has:
- Maui and island-made foods, treats and souvenirs
- Light snacks, prepared foods and flat breads
- House-made gelatos in many flavors
- Soft drinks, beer and huge selection of wine
The only thing we bought here were a couple of snacks and trinkets to take home with us, but I can say that their house-made gelato looked fantastic! This would be a “must try” if we were here with our daughter!