Joey’s Kitchen (Lahaina, Hawaii)
This is my first time in Mauibut not my first time in Hawaii, if you haven’t visited this part of Hawaii and only had visited Honolulu then you are missing a lot specially if you are looking for a quieter vacation.
If you think Honolulu is laid back wait till you get here, it’s even more chill at this part of Hawaii. If you like the hustle and bustle of Honolulu and love tourist attractions and shopping this place will not be for you, there may be shopping places and tourist spots here but it will not impress the serious shoppers and newbie tourists.
We arrived noontime in Honolulu after an 8-hour flight from Auckland then we have to catch another plane to Maui which is an hour away plus another hour and a half to our hotel at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. We arrived at our destination nearly 3:30 PM and was so hungry but was too tired as well, so I just grabbed a light snack and had a snooze at my room to refresh.
Two hours later I am refreshed and ready to explore the place. I then walked on the shoreline and followed where people are walking towards and in less than a kilometre there was this small shopping centre filled with lots of people. Whalers Village Shopping Centre is what’s it called, basically a small beachside mall with boutiques, restaurants and a whaling museum, it’s the only happening place in this part of the island the next shopping centre I guess was 5 kilometres away.
There were many people and its quite hard to find a place to eat, if you haven’t pre-booked then you will be out of luck. So, as I walked to see the shops, I saw this small food court, luckily it seems like people was not fond on dining in here. There were I think 4 to 5 shops in this food court and I chose Joey’s Kitchen after I saw the servers were Filipino.
I just had some light snacks earlier and was not in a mood for a heavy dinner hence I just ordered a Kalbi Beef with Rice and Macaroni Salad ($16.00) with some matching Arizona Ice Tea. At first, I thought the beef was tough, it was a big block of beef, but after I sank my plastic fork on it, it just dissolved and easily separated. It was amazingly tender and delicious, it was really good. The kimchi was a perfect addition which blended well with the sweet and savoury beef, the macaroni did also give a creamy touch which them matched the hot and spicy kimchi. It was a really good dish, humble on its own but this is a proper comfort meal, I will eat this again at the same place when I go back here.
It was a lucky discovery, it was a blessing all restaurants near the beach front was full of patrons otherwise I will not discover this hidden gem.
Joey’s Kitchen at Whalers Village Shopping Centre
Address: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy H 16, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
Phone: +1 808 868 4474