Mother's Day Dinner at Chez Paul on Maui
I'm getting an early start today for it's Mother's Day in the United Sates, and as a Mother, this is MY day which translates to "I will be busy!" Attempting to coordinate and arrange the day with my various beloveds became a huge undertaking because of our conflicting schedules, and the final decision was my partner and I would celebrate Mother's Day early (last night), and today my daughter and I would have OUR day.
My partner's intention was to take me out, and even though he had lots of physical activity, he mustered the energy to do so! He arose early yesterday at 5 AM, played two rounds of golf (36 holes!) at the Wailea Emerald Course and then the Maui Prince course, rushed home at 6:30 PM, showered, threw on his favorite Tommy Bahama 'pineapple' aloha shirt, and off we raced to the fine dining restaurant Chez Paul half-way across the island to celebrate with a fabulous dinner.
We both love French cuisine, and the gourmet food at Chez Paul is nothing short than divine! Because the restaurant is expensive-- even by Maui standards-- with most entrees around $44, most of the clientele appeared to be tourists with many Europeans. The good news is we received a generous Kama'aina (long-time resident) discount!
We read the long established restaurant had been sold and acquired by Chef Patrick Callarec who was most recently with the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and we were eager to check out the menu and food. Changes have been made--a new bar has been added--and the restaurant is open for lunch on some days. The ambience is lovely, the service top notch, and the restaurant now rates as one of our top three favorites.
Here are some photos from last evening beginning with the final course and moving forward.