Five Palms Beach Grill in Kihei will soon have a sister restaurant in West Maui as Five Palms Lahaina is set to open Friday in the former Canoes.
"It will have a classic, elegant Hawaiian look, fresh face, menu and drinks and the always beautiful and enduring Maui views and sunsets," says new General Manager Rick Momsen.
Situated in the Polynesian longhouse structure originally built for the Chart House in 1961, it boasts more Hawaiian koa wood and North American redwood than just about any other building on Maui.
Executive Chef Chris Koepp will serve fresh fish daily as well as sushi, pupu and steaks.
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"We've sanded, varnished and renovated the entire building to bring it back to its original glory and kept hand-crafted copper accents while adding some new modern tweaks in the kitchen and washrooms."
"We also feature a vast redwood deck a stone's throw from the Au'au Channel, classic white-linen dining inside, and French windows the entire length of the restaurant with light breezes and fantastic views," says Momsen. "Five Palms has created a room and lanai area perfect for casual pupu and cocktails or special occasion dinners."
Hours will be 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. You may order both breakfast and lunch items all the way from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Two happy hours per day will flow with discounts, the first from 3 to 7 p.m.; and the second from 9 to 11 p.m.
"We'll pour classic Five Palms mai tais and do half price on our gourmet sushi. Our chefs will prepare it right in front of your eyes at the giant round koa bar."
During dinner, you'll find a variety of fresh fish brought in daily from Maui waters. Fish preparations include seafood crusted with lobster-butter sauce and Thai coconut-curry sauce. Meat lovers may sink their teeth into juicy steak and rack of lamb. Beef tenderloin, for instance, will be served with wasabi-uni butter, port-wine reduction, sauteed vegetables and ginger-mashed potatoes.
Pupu will include Cajun-seared diver scallops in yuzu glaze with warm spinach and mushroom salad for $13; and porcini-dusted Hawaiian ahi tuna seared rare with Hawaiian chili sauce for $15.
"We'll make a point of sourcing locally grown fresh ingredients for all our menu items," says Executive Chef Chris Koepp. "It's a great way for both local Maui residents and visitors to taste foods from the diverse agriculture base that Maui has now developed."
For reservations, call Five Palms Lahaina at 661-0937.