June 07, 2003
Travel Diary Day 7.1: Maui

One demerit against the Hidden Maui guidebook. I just returned from a profoundly mediocre meal at China Boat in Kahana. It was a typical bad Chinese restaurant with a chaotic ambience contributed by the proprietor's children zooming throughout the dining area. Inexplicably, they were also running repeatedly in and out of the restroom.

Indifferent food, indifferent service (which really isn't a criticism because a Chinese restaurant wouldn't be Chinese if it had good service). And why do people describe dishes as being in a "brown sauce"? How unappealing is that? Can you imagine a French chef describing something that way?

Walking in, and knowing Chinese restaurants, my internal culinary alarm presented me with two options (1) flee, or (2) stay for the evanescent possibility that they might wow me with an innovative use of some Hawaiian species of fish, or that the imprimatur of a guidebook mention might mean there was something special about the place. I chose (2). Like the character in the Indiana Jones movie, I chose poorly.

Should have gone with first instincts, and now I've wasted a meal in paradise (something many people must be doing in Maui considering there's an Outback Steakhouse 3 miles down the road).

I had considered dining at the hotel which would have been unoriginal, but a far safer bet.

Perhaps I should have crashed the luau they're throwing down by the beach. I think GM must be sponsoring an incentive junket for middle management. They've been swarming the hotel with their plastic name badges.

They don't have the sleekness of executives--perhaps they're sales. Note to one that I've seen the last couple evenings: blue blazer + shorts = fashion faux pas. I don't care if you had the best sales numbers in New England.

Your wife should know better than to let you do that.

Perhaps I'm a little ornery about the demise of my camera, and the bad meal.

For penitence, I will go out on my lanai and soak in aloha spirit.

Posted by erich at June 07, 2003 02:36 AM
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