Friday nights on Maui just got better with the recent launch of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Friday Night Seafood Buffet at its newly renovated Molokini Bar & Grille Restaurant.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Marc McDowell, the seafood buffet features the best of Pacific Ocean's bounty. With his culinary team, McDowell artfully puts together five stations that highlight the fresh offerings he mainly obtains from the ocean waters surrounding Maui.
"We are excited to offer a Friday Night Buffet that showcases the bounty of the ocean surrounding the islands," says Chef McDowell, formerly with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.
The all-you-can-eat affair on Friday evenings includes an ice display with oceanfront views. It’s artful with “boats” loaded with seared sashimi, dungeness crab legs, and an array of fresh island poke.
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"We've created a menu that makes use of multiple cooking styles from many countries while highlighting fresh local ingredients. We hope you will come and join us. You will be happy you did."
Bring your appetites, and savor the fresh salads such as shrimp Caesar, and shrimp and artichokes with fresh greens from the chef's own garden. Then move on to the seafood terrines, and soups such as clam and corn chowder and seafood bisque with herb crostinis, which provide a creamy variance to the Friday night spread.
McDowell also carves an ice sculpture and places it near the unlimited supply of fresh oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat tiger prawns, dungeness crab legs, and fresh island poke and sashimi.
The Friday night buffet complements the resort's popular weekend lineup of buffet and brunches, such as the Saturday Japanese Buffet and the multiple award-winning Sunday Brunch.
Chefs hand carve prime rib of beef with caramelized-onion and port-wine demi glace, and whole mahimahi steamed in ti leaves with Thai coconut curry.
Other top picks are crab au gratin potatoes, steamed clams with bread and garlic butter, basil salmon and beer-batter mahi with tangy jalapeno remoulade.
Save room for the dessert bar with apple crumble, pineapple rum colada bites and mini pumpkin pies.
Cost of the Friday buffet is $50 for adults, and $25 for keiki 5 to 12 years old, plus tax and gratuity. Friday seating times are 5:30, 6, 7:30 and 8 p.m.
For reservations, call 875-5888.