Chefs Michael and Dana Pastula are at it again. The well-known Maui restaurant couple have opened their fifth Cafe O'Lei restaurant in the former Maui Grill at Napili Shores Resort.
They own the building that has housed such restaurants as Orient Express, Fish & Poi, Napili Tavern and Maui Grill, and they decided to revisit.
"I'm so glad to be back here," says Dana. "Outrigger is the management company of the condos, and their courtyard and grounds are so well kept. Inside, we've hung curtains between the tables to give guests privacy and it's sexy and it pulls the whole place together ambience-wise."
Dana and Michael Pastula with their chef, Doug Evans, over dinner at their new restaurant.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
So come and check it out and enjoy Cafe O'Lei's signature appetizers and salads along with entrees and desserts.
"Right now, we are open for dinner only from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday," says Dana. "It will change when we get our liquor license, because we'll do happy hour and stay open later, too. The target date for that is three to four months."
So BYOB and savor Asian braised short ribs with star anise, ginger, garlic, sriracha and shoyu, with scallions and sesame; and the new Spanish seafood and chicken paella baked in rich saffron rice.
Other must-trys are the lamb shank with root vegetables, blackened mahimahi and garlic grilled jumbo shrimp.
"We've added a page on the menu with Italian entrees. Sometimes our guests are just looking for something familiar like linguine with clams, spaghetti with meatballs, and penne with Italian sausage. We have a nice keiki menu, also.
"We do take reservations, but walk-ins are absolutely welcome," says Dana. "You may call 442-3700."