Hawaii 219: The Food at the Four Seasons

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The food at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea was just like the resort – truly amazing. We had the chance to dine at all three of the restaurants on the property. Spago is Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant that focuses on the elegant use of local products. Ferraro’s is an Italian open-air restaurant that we ate lunch at one day. DUO is a steak and seafood restaurant where not only did we have dinner, but also where we had breakfast every morning.

SPAGO

Like most of Wolfgang’s restaurants, Spago was well prepared and presented fine dining. We started with Ahi Tuna Poke in Sesame-Miso cones and Spaghetti ‘Kobe’ Beef Bolognese. The tuna was good but the hint of sesame and miso in that playful cone was the star. The spaghetti with that rich bolognese was filling; good thing they portion it as an appetizer. I could have had that dish as a main course any day. For entrees, Joann had a Thai Seafood Soup and I had the Lamb Chops. Both were fresh and flavorful, but Joann’s soup was a bit spicy.

FERRARO’S

Because we booked with a Four Seasons Preferred Partner, we received an $85 credit to be used at Ferraro’s. So for our last full day that we mostly spent lounging at the Missoni Cabanas poolside, we decided to eat lunch there. Since I wanted to use all of the $85 credit in one meal, we ordered ourselves a feast. Calamari for appetizer, lobster sandwich, shrimp scampi, and dessert. Sadly, everything but the gelato dessert was below average. On my shrimp scampi dish, the angelhair was sticking together and the dish was overall bland. Joann’s lobster sandwich kind of fell apart and would have fared better without adding the tomato and avocado. Thank goodness for the credit otherwise I would have been pissed to pay for that meal out of pocket.

DUO

DUO, by far, was our favorite restaurant at the Four Seasons. Again because we booked through a FSPP, we ate at DUO’s extensive buffet every morning for FREE. I thought the St. Regis Princeville’s breakfast buffet spread was great, but Four Seasons edged it out. They had a lot more offerings and a better omelet station with a different special each day. I don’t recall how much the buffet costs, but if you like options, this is probably worth it. From bacon and eggs to pancakes to smoked salmon to all kinds of fresh fruits, DUO’s buffet started our day right.

We also had dinner at DUO since our friends had been there the week before and said it was a must for steak and seafood lovers. I had the ribeye which was massive; I think it was 20+ ounces. Joann had a swordfish-like fish that I can’t recall along with a Kona lobster tail. For our side, Kula sweet corn and truffle mac and cheese. The corn was so fresh and the mac and cheese was decadent on top of decadent. That one little cast iron dish could have served 4. It was that rich (and awesome).

OVERALL

Whether or not you stay at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, it’s definitely worth a visit for either breakfast or dinner. I don’t know if there is a better breakfast buffet on the island, but, if there is, I want in. As for dinner, both Spago and DUO make wonderful choices. Since I’m a steak lover, I’d give DUO the nod if I had to choose. As for lunch options, there are much better options on the island rather than waste a meal at Ferraro’s. I’ll just leave you with a few food photos as you await the next installment that focuses on what we did/saw on Maui…