Spago Wailea by Wolfgang Puck

Perhaps we all have our inner pyromaniacs, but I really like it when restaurants set my desserts on fire and they somehow come through the inferno edible. Honestly, they had me at “we light it on fire in front of you”.

Spago at the Four Seasons is Austrian born American celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck’s stake on the island of Maui. Along With Asian-inspired decor, the menu is a mix between his classics and new dishes with traditional Hawaiian influences. The menu is actually significantly different to that of the Spago in Beverly Hills.

Depending on where you were seated, there are lovely views of the sea and of the hotel grounds, the elevated view out across Wailea beach, and the proximity to the beachfront itself, undoubtedly gives this place an advantage over other restaurants along the strip which are either not quite so high up, or set further back from the beach. The tables are positioned in a way that you are facing directly out towards the view rather than seated sideways where you have to turn your head to look out – I suppose that’s thoughtful.

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Sashimi & Tartare Of Big Eye Ahi Tuna

The sashimi and tuna tartare was pretty decent but nothing extraordinary. Nonetheless, all the produce was local and fresh – I suspect I should have gone with the  miso-sesame ahi tuna “poke” cones.

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Caramelized Pork Chop With Maui Mango & Papaya

The pork chops were an interesting blend of local flavours with the pureed Molokai yam and mango papaya adding a local flair. Baby buk choy, typical of Puck’s Asian-fusion touch.

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Pineapple Flambé

Perhaps we all have our inner pyromaniacs, but I really like it when restaurants set my desserts on fire and they somehow come through the inferno edible. The pineapple flambé was a new menu item which had just taken out the top prize at a contest, but honestly, they had me at “we light it on fire in front of you”. This was absolutely the best part of dinner for me – I really capitalize on grilled pineapple every time I’m at a Brazilian Churrasco place, so I loved the generous helping of pineapple without having to wait for it to come around again churrasco style. The base of the dish tasted oddly like lamb, I hadn’t been listening to what it was because I had been to excited about my burning pineapple but it worked, so I don’t care whether there was lamb in my dessert! The food was enjoyable, our server had a good sense of humor, all in all, a good experience.

The sunset. Did I mention the sunset view over the beach? I am such a sucker for sunsets. This is one of those places where you have a long dinner as the sun sets and then walk it off along the beach. How cliche of me. But going to put it out there, there’s a reason cliches are cliches!

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