Friday nights, the Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe in Kapalua gets fired up about Hawaiian barbecue. Sundays, it's now spinning a new jazz brunch on its front burner.
Tuesdays, seafood lovers are raving about the new clambake brewing in the restaurant from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for $35, adults.
"Modeled after a New England clambake, ours is local style and a lot of fun," says Debbi Katz, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Stuart. "We steam clams and mussels in Maui Brewing Company beer. In fact, we've partnered with them for the feast and of course, their beers are available for purchase and served in souvenir glasses."
Chef Tony Orr grills shrimp on skewers for the clambake every Tuesday night in the Kapalua restaurant. The feast is an all-you-can-eat affair with your choice of dessert.
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Besides clams and mussels, you may crunch grilled shrimp and Maui-made Portuguese sausage. Other crowd pleasers are island fish chowder, salmon poke, huli huli chicken, pineapple laulau, red potatoes, corn on the cob and grilled bread.
"Also included is a choice of dessert, such as poha berry bread pudding, lilikoi cheesecake, or a scoop of Roselani ice cream."
"Live music is provided during the evening by Glenn Kakugawa, which really sets the mood for a very enjoyable dining experience out on the lanai, overlooking the West Maui Mountains. Watch the sun set and the tiki torches glow."
In addition, the new Sunday jazz brunch kicked off last weekend, featuring the music of Joel Katz, who is not related to the owners. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly. Cost is $24.50.
"While we will keep some core items every week, we expect to mix it up a little to offer special items that will change weekly. Reservations, while not required, are encouraged for large groups and even small groups, if specific seating locations are desired or to avoid wait times," says Debbi.
Highlights are grilled chicken, beef, seafood, soups, salads and desserts.
For reservations, call Village Cafe at 665-1122.