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The Banyan Tree

A delectable dish


West Maui Wonder

By Kai Andersen

Photo courtesy of The Banyan Tree


A new chapter has begun at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature resto The Banyan Tree—and it’s all for the better.

The story starts with the recent appointment of Maui native Alvin Savella as head chef. Most recently the toque to watch served as chef de cuisine at ulehu, An Italian Grill at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. But Savella’s CV has given him a sharp understanding of The Ritz-Carlton aesthetic. In fact he sharpened his culinary chops at Jer-ne Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, among other SoCal eateries. Savella isn’t limited to the screen: the culinary personality has appeared both on island stations KHON and KITV. The menu puts a thoughtful spin on classic island flavors, delivering tempting dishes with panache. To share, Hawaiian sweet bread, a classic staple, is given pizazz, thanks to Kula straweberry gras, chevre and Vermont butter. Large plates deliver more razzle dazzle. The Hokkaido seared scallops, for instance, is a tasty and gorgeous gorgeous tableau, thanks to verdant taro leaf lu ‘au, rice crisps and micro-greens. Ramen lovers will not to experience the artfully constructed Kona 1/2 Lobster ramen ($63), topped with a 63 degree egg and maitake mushrooms. In keeping with the new attitude, interiors have also been given a fresh update, the perfect thing to accompany the resto’s stunning ocean views.That’s when we say, Reservations please! 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, Maui, 665.7096