Fronting Maui’s breathtaking beach, the 780-room Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort encompasses 40 acres of paradise in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Following a $2 million investment, the resort is set to open their new restaurant, Alan Wong’s AMASIA in May. This will mark the third restaurant in Hawaii for the James Beard award-winning chef, who will fuse his Hawaiian roots with Asian flavors, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible.
Wong is known for merging various ethnic cooking styles and techniques into unique and flavorful dishes highlighting local products, which include the use of pineapple, sweet potatoes and bok choy, among others. The menu will primarily be made up of small dishes, intended for groups to share and sample the full variety of flavors.
“Food brings people together, at the kitchen table or in the plantation fields in many destinations,” says Wong. “I want to create an elevated local interpretation of this cultural exchange. Guests will experience a sense of place, as they see, hear, smell and feel the melding of exotic flavors from around the world, featuring the best of Maui’s bounty from the land and sea.”
A few mouthwatering menu items include whole chili garlic Dungeness crab and Maui Cattle Company beef skewers with Umami butter.
The restaurant is comprised of several sections. Diners can enjoy creative cocktails inspired by the transcontinental menu at the sake bar, or treat themselves to grilled dishes at the robata. There is also a sushi bar, along with the main dining room and private tatami dining rooms. The largest of the tatami rooms holds 20 pax, while a buyout of the entire restaurant will accommodate 150.
Or have them cater private events within the hotel including meetings, intimate dinners or beachfront barbecues.
The only Waldorf Astoria Resort in the Hawaiian Islands, Grand Wailea has the largest resort ballroom in Hawaii. The 28,000-sf Haleakala Ballroom hosts up to 3,200 pax. They also have seven outdoor venues, two open-air covered areas, 15 breakout/banquet rooms and two executive boardrooms. Total flexible indoor/outdoor function space is 100,000 sf.