Where do you go to dine when you are in the most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing surroundings? When you are craving the perfect island cocktail, delicious fresh dinner and sumptuous dessert on Maui, the place to go is Tommy Bahama. I knew we were getting our own location of the retailer and restaurant brand here in Dallas so I decided to scope out there original for an evening.
Tommy Bahama restaurant is located in The Shops at Wailea facing the beautiful, pristine beaches and on this particular evening we were treated to a spectacular sunset. The cafe is eclectic with a tropical theme, island atmosphere, and a menu and cocktails to match. We decided to begin with a cocktail to set the mood. A perfectly strong Dark and Stormy made with Gosling’s Black Seal and Ginger Beer was just the tropical concoction to remind us where we were. There are many a similar libation to sip on while you peruse the menu and get your bearings. Another favorite was the rum babalu with Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Rum, lime juice, maple syrup, Angostura bitters, and ginger beer.
The restaurant itself is known for seafood and other fresh caught options but non-fish lovers will also find great dishes to enjoy. We sample a few started including the sinfully amazing best known dish, coconut shrimp served with mango chutney, a chefs addition of fresh sesame crusted-ahi tuna and Seared Scallop Sliders topped with Chipotle Aïoli, Basil, Romas, Crispy Maui Onions and Island Slaw. You could absolutely make a meal of appetizers but where is the fun in that?
Entrees at Tommy Bahama are quite large and I love that especially given the laid back yet chic aesthetic of the restaurant. We ordered the Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye served with Cauliflower “Steak”, Lemon Arugula topped with Garlic Butter and Macadamia Crusted Fresh Ono paired with Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, Grilled Asparagus, Almond Rice and a Wasabi Soy Beurre Blanc. Both dishes were incredibly flavorful! The chef was nice enough to add a few head on, Kauai-caught shrimp to make the steak dish even better. We loved every bite of the fish as well.
Don’t miss dessert. I’ll be dreaming of the pineapple creme brûlée for quite some time. Thank you Tommy Bahama Maui!