Manly Meals

Make Dad glad with hearty fare at isle restaurants this Father’s Day Sunday

Veteran server Steve Christner of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in The Shops at Wailea serves world-famous creamed spinach. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Maui’s restaurants and resort hotels will make Dad glad this Father’s Day Sunday with manly meals — and one West Maui venue will even feature complimentary mini facials for men.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, the “most Hawaiian” property on Maui, is making sure Dad is king this Father’s Day with its all-you-can-eat Sunday Champagne Brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will offer many stations of local favorites, salads, desserts, keiki foods and more.

KBH’s Tiki Terrace will also feature live entertainment by the group, Lahui. Reservations are required as this brunch fills up with a sea of Hawaii families and repeat visitors, who dive into cold seafood bar items such as oysters on the half shell, cold crab legs and ahi poke. Crunch fried won tons, California crab and avocado salad, pork laulau and salmon smoked on kiawe wood.

Dad will want to slurp Portuguese bean soup, sink his teeth into slow-roasted prime rib along with char-siu glazed pork loin and rosemary leg of lamb. Other hot entrees are wok-fried snapper with tomato relish; kalbi ribs, sauteed clams in garlic, white wine and butter; salmon enchiladas, chow mein and seafood jambalaya.

Cost is $52.95 for adults; and $25 for children 6 to 12. For reservations, call KBH at 667-0124 or you may visit www.hawaiiansundaybrunch.com.

Aston Ka’anapali Shores will present a Father’s Day Beer Brunch with one seating at 9 a.m. Sunday in its prime oceanfront Beach Club at the north of the resort. The brunch will feature four food courses and four pours of local craft beers for $45 per person.

“Beer is always a good idea.” says Beach Club Chef and General Manager Nathan Mau. “Aston Ka’anapali Shores and Maui Brewing Company will be hosting this beer brunch in honor of all the fathers out there. This event is a way to say, ‘thank you, Dad.’ We are pairing a selection of craft beers and signature brunch items that will be sure to celebrate Father’s Day and keep mom out of the kitchen.”

Pair Pau Hana pilsner with beer-battered Spam musubi; Suck ‘Em Up Sipa beer with corn fritters and hot links Benedict; Alii Imperial Pilsner and Southern chicken, fried egg and crisp capers; and Pineapple Mana Wheat with chicharon flan and savory caramel.

“A rep from Maui Brewing Company will be talking about the beer. Don’t worry, ‘beer happy. Remember, space is limited.” Call 667-3723.

Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes in Kahului will impress the man of the house with a prime-rib dinner buffet from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Reiko Fukino will perform live music as Dad indulges in crisp Romaine Caesar salad in creamy garlic dressing; potato salad; barbecued chicken; sauteed mahimahi with lemon-caper-butter sauce; stir-fried vegetables; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; and pineapple upside-down cake, brownies and cookies.

Cost is $30 per adult; and $15 for kids 4 to 12 years of age. Call 877-0073.

With two Maui locations, the first at the Outlets of Maui Mall in Lahaina and the second upstairs in The Shops at Wailea, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will open at 4 p.m. Sunday for isle Dads.

Let him devour a prime cut of steak; swirl and sip a big, red wine or an icy martini; and crunch steak house gourmet salads. Cowboy ribeyes, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and New Orleans bread pudding with whiskey sauce and creme Anglaise– all are favorites at the famous steak house.

For reservations, call Ruth’s Chris Wailea at 874-8880 or Lahaina at 661-8815.

Five Palms on Keawakapu Beach at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei dishes up some of the best views on the island all the way from Puu Kukui to the Neighbor Island of Lanai. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Five Palms also has the “longest happy hour on Maui” from 3 to 9 p.m. every day. For dinner, treat Dad to the whole Kona lobster meal for $42.95, You may bring your favorite bottle of wine and Five Palms will waive the corkage fee. For reservations, call 879-2607.

Father’s Day is also International Sushi Day. The good news is, Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer 50 percent off its most popular item — the blackened ahi roll. Or let Sushi Chef Jin Hosono create a moriawase plate that will please. Enjoy live music, too. Call 667-4727.

Nachos Grande across from Honokowai Marketplace will do Father’s Day specials of ceviche for $7, carnitas for $11 and Mexican beer for $1 off. For more details, call 662-0890.

Tokyo Tei on Lower Main Street in Wailuku will be open for dinner only from 5 to 8 p.m. with its regular menu. Serving authentic Japanese fare since 1935, it’s famous for shrimp tempura, nabeyaki udon, fresh sashimi and pupu such as kinpira gobo and hot or cold tofu. Call 242-9630.

For 40 years, Ichiban Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kahului Shopping Center has remained one of Central Maui’s favorite restaurants.

While the name is Japanese and sushi, tempura, donburi and udon are staples, the owners are Chinese and so you will find egg rolls, potstickers, stir frys, lemon chicken and shrimp chow mein on the menu in addition to specialty sushi rolls and local fare.

Generally open for lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, Ichiban will open its doors with lunch and dinner specials for Father’s Day. Call 871-6977.

Genki Sushi at Maui Mall in Kahului and in Lahaina Gateway let the world of sushi roll past you on the state-of-the-art conveyor belts. Just pick what you like or even order platters to go. Call the Kahului location at 873-7766 or Lahaina at 661-0333.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Montage Kapalua Bay Dad may relax with complimentary mini facials for men in the spa lobby.

What does this have to do with food, you ask? Well, buy Dad a spa treatment and he can order an acai bowl or healthful bite to eat at the infinity pool and then he can jump in the eucalyptus steam room, cedar wood sauna, cascading, whirlpool, relaxation room, bamboo rainfall and state-of-the-art fitness center. Those who spend $200 in retail get a complimentary OM4 Protect: SunSecure Mineral SPF 30 sunscreen ($69 value).

Reservations not required for the mini facials. Call 665-8282.