We stayed at the Napili Kai Beach Resort for just a couple of nights because my brother-in-law was getting married on the adjacent beach. Because it is at a resort, the Sea House Restaurant’s menu (right) lists breakfast and lunch and some of the dinner offerings too.
We ate a couple of breakfasts and the lovely wedding dinner at which guests were generously invited to select from the menu. Caring service and unobtrusive music (recorded by day, live in the evening) make this a pleasant place to enjoy a meal. The ocean-view restaurant overlooks a gentle arc of a white sand beach (below) bracketed by black lava rocks, with Molokai visible across the strait. Windows open wide to make the dining experience feel like a roofed-over dining venue, combining the best of indoor and outdoor eating. The main flaw is that the kitchen seems unable to turn out meals where every dish is as warm as it should be when it is brought to the table.
During a big breakfast for 10 with different people arriving at different times and during the wedding dinner itself, I took pictures when I could, but I was unable to catch any dishes other than my own and those ordered by people right next to or across from me. So consider these a sampling of the Sea House’s offerings.
Eggs Napili Kai are a variation of eggs Benedict. An English muffin topped with something, poached eggs and Hollandaise. I asked for my “something” to be crab cakes, and I also requested tomato and spinach instead of home fries or rice, which are the “something” offered on this dish’s vegetarian version.
It’s something of a challenge to find the waffles beneath the mantle of guava whipped cream, pineapple, banana, mandarin oranges and coconut. This topping, called the Kahuna, is available for pancakes and waffles — and probably any other breakfast entree a guest might want.
Molokai Sweet Potato Egg Frittata layers eggs, with spinach, tomatoes, cheese and Molokai sweet potatoes, served with Hollandaise on top, caramelized Maui onions on top of that and vegetable ragout on the side. The frittata is as big as a brick!
Seared jumbo sea scallops each crowned with mango and lobster relish, surrounding a heap of Maui onion mashed potatoes, topped with crisp-fried onions and served in a soup bowl to hold the rich lobster curry broth.
Sweet Peppercorn Crusted Filet Mignon is a seared center-cut filet with pink peppercorns and served with Burgundy demi-glace and mixed vegetables.
Cioppino of lobster, crab, prawns, scallops, clams and fresh fish in a vegetable
tomato stew over capellini pasta with Asiago toast comes in an unusual, rectangular wooden bowl.
Macadamia Crusted MahiMahi (their spelling) on top of a rice pilaf, topped by a bit of tropical fruit salsa and served with pineapple/rum buerre blanc.
The Sea House Restaurant overlooks the beach at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, 5900 Lower Honopi’ilani Road, north of Lahaina; 808-669-1500