Maui lacks fantastic, lip-smacking Chinese restaurants. By all rights we should have plenty: Chinese immigrants helped build the island’s infrastructure. But for some tragic reason, Oahu got the lion’s share of dim sum while we were denied. That said, if you’re craving Chinese, Dragon Dragon will do the trick. Service is no-nonsense and the waiters are usually pretty good about steering you toward the best items of the day. (Just don’t expect them to smile or be enthusiastic while answering your questions. These are a stoic bunch.) Any special made with fresh local Hawaiian fish is likely to be a standout. Sometimes they have a steamed whole fish with a tasty black bean sauce.
Dim sum is particularly good here but served only at lunch time. During the holidays this restaurant has fixed price specials for groups of six or more people, but make sure you call for reservations ahead of time. This is not a bad stop before catching a movie, but we prefer Thailand Cuisine or even the Whole Foods salad bar.
Address: 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, Central Maui
Location: Maui Mall
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Daily 10:30am-2pm & 5pm-9pm