Lahaina , Hawaii
Tel: 808 667 9394
Concierge.com's insider take:
Despite its somewhat esoteric—albeit oceanside—location behind the Safeway supermarket, Mala is the hippest casual eatery in Lahaina. Chef Mark Ellman (best known for the now-franchised Maui Tacos chain and the old Maui Avalon restaurant) has hit just the right note for health-conscious but laid-back island folks. His tapas-inspired eatery serves small plates of Asian/island-inspired comfort food to share. The high-minded menu sticks to organic ingredients whenever possible, and no preservatives or hydrogenated oils are used. Noble as these aims are, rest assured the menu is filled with easy, appealing choices, from flatbread pizzas and Kobe beef cheeseburgers to clams in black bean sauce and beet and Kula goat cheese salad—all of which makes Mala a very satisfying place to graze. There's also a second location, Mala Wailea, at the Wailea Beach Marriott.
Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 9:30 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 9:30 pm, Sundays 9 am to 9 pm.