Leilani’s on the Beach – West Maui
Our second night on West Maui we dined at Leilani’s on the Beach. This was just a short walk down the Kaanapali Beach Path from the Hyatt and boasted decent reviews on Find Me Gluten Free (take these reviews cautiously – some people are dining gluten-free as a lifestyle choice, not for medical reasons) and an extensive gluten-free menu. The upstairs dining room boasts better views but a pricier menu. If you are looking for a more casual dining spot, try their lower level. Nicer restaurants/menus are usually more accommodating to a gluten-free diet so this is where we landed.
My husband and I both ordered the special and it was Opakapaka with an ahi tuna poke on top, the chef modified the sauce to make it gluten-free and it was #SOGOOD! The manager came to check on my gluten-free order and I felt very good about the steps they took to keep my dish safe.
Dessert was out of this world. They offer the LILIKOI PONO PIE. This dessert is made with Hana breadfruit inspired Maui honey, Kula strawberries, with a nut crust. It’s gluten free, no refined sugar or dairy. Right up my alley. Here’s the aftermath – I was too eager to dig in apparently and forgot to take the picture! It was like a fresh Hawaiian version of a Hail Merry Tart. #SOGOOD!!