Mama’s Fish House
The desserts at Mama's Fish House (known as "the most Hawaiian of restaurants") range from simple homemade sorbets to fancier concoctions like the silky creme brulee made with fresh liliko’i (passionfruit). Our particular favorite is the Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp: ripe local bananas tumbled with brown sugar streusel and macadamia nuts, served warm and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. As delicious as it is, the presentation does not inspire the oohs and ahhs heard when the restaurant’s signature dessert, the Polynesian Black Pearl, is served. Talk about a jewel setting: an oyster-shaped pastry seashell opens to showcase a “pearl” of chocolate mousse and liliko’i cream enrobed in more chocolate. The delicate, lemony-orange passionfruit offsets the mousse brilliantly, making this not only the most spectacular dessert on Maui, but one of the most delicious.