It’s new, but has some elements of what it was before. The multi-million dollar renovation at the Wailea Beach Resort, formally Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, reached completion a few months ago and with the launch of the fresh look, and added enhancements, came Roy Yamaguchi’s latest installment — Humble Market Kitchin. “Sustainability is about our economy, our educational system, our culture and our people,” Chef Roy Yamaguchi said.
The restaurant, opened at the former Migrant location in December 2016, is aimed at showcasing a “market-driven” menu highlighting fresh local ingredients and some of the classics Roy has become famous for.
The design and interior is simply breathtaking. The addition of dining booths, a relocation of the bar and private table create an atmosphere that is comfortable, modern yet rustic in approach and appealing to all the senses. The open-air dining room allows you to enjoy the soft ocean breezes and offers a stellar view of the sunset.
As with most farm-to-table restaurants, the menu is evolving and always open to change depending on availability and seasonality. Being so new, signature dishes aren’t notated yet but the food menu is broken into categories: Ice Cold Hawaii (raw items like oysters and sashimi), Humble Beginnings (classic cooked appetizers), Rolled Up (sushi), Upcountry Salads, Maui Comfort (local comfort foods), Local Ranchers & Fishermen, Land & Sea (entrees).
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Although on the pricier side the portion sizes are very generous. Recently appointed to the helm of the kitchen, Executive Chef Charles Andres, returned home to Maui with more than a decade of experience working alongside Chef Roy Yamaguchi in California and Arizona. Chef Charles hopes to incorporate some of his Filipino influences into the menu and also spends his mornings at the local farmer’s markets crafting new concepts for the kitchin.
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