The landscapes of our memories are dotted with perfect moments. We recognize them when they happen, and yearn for them when we snap back to reality. My evening at Mama’s Fish House in Maui was a series of such moments that were perfect in sight, sound, taste and texture.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but my words just didn’t do the food justice. How do you describe the way passion fruit, black sea salt and fresh snapper combine in your mouth? Tart, salty and fresh - these words aren’t adequate to describe their Three Fish Sashimi. This dish is more of a vibe that invokes swaying palms, gentle ocean breezes and a blistering sun.
We strolled into the restaurant after a mini hike to Twin Falls. Under normal circumstances we would have been dressed too casually for such fine dining. But in Hawaii, everything is relaxed. Anything goes.
I ordered the Opah with caramelized Maui onions, which came balanced on top of a bed of black rice. In fact, everything about this dish was perfectly balanced. The fish was cooked perfectly and was a good match to the sweet onion. The sweet onion was balanced by the avocado. The tomato sauce was a mellow accompaniment to the whole lot.
Sheldon ordered the macadamia-crusted mahimahi stuffed with lobster and crab.
We ended our meal with green tea and chocolate cake. We didn’t feel overstuffed or hungry - we were perfectly satisfied. As the sun set and we watched torches being lit in the distance, it occurred to me that this was a rare moment. Here we were in Hawaii, finishing one of the best meals we’ve ever had, and our minds were clear.
We tend to let life get ahead of us with all our lists, plans and appointments. I’m guilty of it often and have to remind myself to slow down and take it all in. When the elements combine to present us with perfect moments, food-related or otherwise, it’s important to pause. Moments like these don’t happen often, but when they do I feel lucky indeed.