Move over, Sugar Plums: Maui Desserts

Dining Diva’s list of Maui’s Best Desserts.


Banana Lumpia Sundae
Cafe on the Green, Makena Beach & Golf Resort

banana lumpia sundaeChef Marc McDowell insists that everything on the menus at Makena Beach & Golf Resort be made from scratch — from the salad dressings to the dinner rolls — so it’s no surprise we found the desserts scrumptious. In the Molokini Dining Room we tried molten-lava cake (best anywhere!) and a trio of superluscious creme brulees. But it was at Cafe on the Green, located in the Makena Golf headquarters, where we uncovered the banana lumpia sundae.

Sitting on the trellised lanai at the Cafe, we sipped a pau hana (happy hour) cocktail to celebrate our find while anticipating Chef’s interpretation of the classic Filipino dessert. Chef starts with a locally grown apple banana, rolls it in cinnamon sugar, wraps it in a lumpia skin (similar to a wonton), deep fries it, and presents it atop two scoops of Maui’s own Roselani ice cream drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce (all homemade, but of course!). Paradise found.

» 5400 Makena Alanui, Makena • 800.321.6284 • Open daily, 11 am-6:30 pm



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