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Killer Happy Hour at Maui Thai Bistro

Typically Happy Hour can range from 1 hour to perhaps 3 hours, depending on where you go. Visit the bar at Maui Thai Bistro and you’ll notice their Happy Hour spans a whopping 6 hours! Lovingly dubbed “The Brasserie” their casual, hip, lounge and bar (located makai from the restaurant’s main dining room) showcases contemporary interior designs, highlighted by craft cocktails and bistro-style authentic Thai cuisine.

Hidden in Kihei’s Rainbow Mall, Maui Thai Bistro wanted to give guests an excuse to come in during off-peak hours and take part in their special Happy Hour deals which include: $1 off beers, 20% off wines by the glass, $5 drink specials and 2 for $14 pupus daily, during 12pm-2pm, 4pm-6pm and 8:30pm-close.

Excited to have just returned from several weeks spent trekking through Thailand, I was curious to sample some of the craft cocktails, appetizers and entrees… Here’s a look.

Thai Lemon Ale – Svedka Vodka, Thai Basil, Lemon, Lime and Ginger Ale this was refreshing & a bit on the acidic side. My Thai – Old Lahaina Light/Dark Rum, Triple Sec, Amaretto, Pineapple Juice and house sour this was an innovative twist on the classic cocktail. Both did well to wet our appetites and cleanse the palate.
Somtum – Green Papaya Salad tossed with carrots, green onions and bean sprouts. This was very traditional in taste and style. Super fresh and great quality, it was also very spicy so choose your spice levels carefully. $9
Crispy Chicken: red curry, lemongrass and kaffir lime marinated chicken deep fried and then dusted with cilantro and served with a sriracha sweet chili sauce. Sorry to say this did not hit the mark. It sounds better than it actually tasted. Despite the seasoning and preparation mentioned on the menu it came out very plain and with no flavor. It was a lot like basic chicken katsu with a side of bottled dipping sauce and the portion size was very small. $10


Drunken Crispy Fish: panko breaded Mahi served in a drunken coconut curry sauce with bell peppers, carrots and string beans. This dish was excellent. The curry was full of flavor and bold but didn’t overwhelm the fish. The Mahi was perfectly cooked, tender, crisp and moist. I would highly recommend this! $17


Curry Me Home: Tanqueray, Cream of Coconut, Lemon and Green Curry. This drink had a kick to it and the addition of toasted coconut garnish added a nice nutty flavor.
Tom Kha Martini: Kai Lemongrass, Ginger Sho Chu, Kaffir Lime, Thai Chili and Cream of Coconut. Another robust cocktail with bold flavors and strong Thai accents.
Macadamia Nut Panang Curry with Short Rib: Red curry base with cumin and coriander, Chef Prakong uses macadamia nuts instead of peanuts for this delicate curry. It was well balanced, good use of flavors and delightful. My only recommendation would be to reduce the curry down a bit, it was so fresh and pipping hot that it was a bit watery in texture and more like soup. $19

This little gem of a restaurant is a fun place to visit for cocktails and bites. I would highlight recommend taking advantage of the Happy Hour specials. Cheers!

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About Olena Heu

Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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