We drove right by Bistro Casanova the first time without seeing it. It is located in an office building in downtown Kahului in an area not known for restaurants. Bistro Casanova opened in the last year, but the owner already had a popular restaurant with locals up country in Maui.


My meal started with a Maui onion soup.  I like a good onion  soup but I can make it at home so I don’t really expect to be surprised by it. But this was the sort of soup that has you pass it around the table to get other people to taste it. I did not get the recipe but I tasted more interesting cheeses and herbs than in a traditional French onion soup.


As I mentioned on Travel to Maui revisited – part 2 – Amateur Traveler
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, the press trip that I was on when I was on Maui was focusing on locally grown foods. I ordered the beef from Maui Cattle company who we had visited earlier in the week. Even now, a few weeks later my mouth waters as I think about the flavor of the tender beef in this dish.


We finished this meal with a variety of dessert crepes. I apologize for showing you a picture of my dessert after I already started eating it but this is not the sort of dessert that you sit and just look at.

I have eaten at many nice restaurants both on this trip as well as during my 3 other trips to Maui but Bistro Casanova is my new favorite. Bistro Casanova is not close to most of the resort areas but this is a restaurant worth going out of your way to get to.

This post originally appeared on the Amateur Traveler blog.