Star Noodle opened after the last edition of Top Maui Restaurants was published, so we haven’t had a chance to tell you about it officially yet … but here’s a little sneak peek at what will come up in the new edition (out late this year).
Star Noodle’s noodles are fresh and well-made (which they should be, because they’re made in house). I have yet to find a broth that I love, however – it often tastes greasy. We’ll set aside the noodles – even though they’re in the name of the restaurant – in favor of discussing the other, better options.
The garlic noodles (no broth involved) are exactly what I want in the dish: fresh noodles, plenty of crunchy/caramelized garlic, and a playful, simple sauce. The Vietnamese crepe is a hearty egg dish that James has trouble not ordering. The best bets, however, are usually the daily specials, where the chef is excited about the ingredients and eager to show off.
Prices are entirely reasonable, partly because they’re not paying the $25,000-50,000/month leases that so many other restaurants are. The location is way off the beaten track. Turn right at Lahaina Gateway and wend your way to the very top of the hill. Inside the restaurant you’ll find panoramic views of the industrial park below (it’s true) but also Lahaina and the ocean. You’ll also see lots of handsome blond wood, natural stone and slate, and friendly faces. The staff is happy to be working there.
Finally, let’s talk about the bathroom, because, well, because I love the bathroom at Star Noodle. It’s well-appointed, with natural slate and stone walls and a beautiful sink, and it’s clean and it’s private. A bathroom like this signals the restaurant has invested in itself and your happiness. (It even has a pocket door: swoon.)