Wednesday, August 20, 2008
CAFE O'LEI - THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI
THE DUNES AT MAUI LANI
Located on the 18th hole of the Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course in Kahului, Maui, Cafe O'lei is a hidden gem. If a friend hadn't recommend we eat there I would have never found this great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We arrived for lunch and the receptionist quickly seated us on the outside lanai overlooking a small pond on the 18th hole. The view was excellent. Service was also great as the host-waiter was professional, courteous and fast. My guests enjoyed the daily special plate lunch. At $6.95 it is a bargain. The waiter said that the special changes everyday. This day it was grilled chicken breast with fresh vegetables served with fried rice and a ceasar salad. Both of my guests loved the food. I enjoyed a fresh seared ahi salad. A perfect piece of fresh ahi tuna seared rare and served on a huge bed of fresh greens and vegetables. The salad was covered with fried noodles which I pushed to the side. At $13.95 it was a bit expensive but worth it. I cannot wait to return to Cafe O'Lei to try some of the other dishes. The restaurant was very busy during lunch and everything coming out of the kitchen looked great. I really wanted to try the fresh lettuce wraps that were being served to the table next to us. The crowd was part local and part tourist. From people drinking beer and champagne to business lunch people like us.