The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas partnered with California Cart Builders to craft the first full-service food truck exclusively owned and operated by a Maui hotel or resort. The food truck is the centerpiece of Pailolo Bar & Grill, the resort’s open air, oceanfront sports bar that features live sports and pay per view events year round on multiple high definition, large format TVs, and will offer an eclectic menu of local, contemporary twists on classic food truck favorites that highlight the farmers, growers and products of Maui.
“We are very pleased to be the first resort in Maui to have our very own food truck” states Brandon Maeda, Director of Food & Beverage for The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. “Food trucks are known for being fun, energetic and unpredictable, yet with a touch of comfort and approachability. We are excited to capture this feeling and atmosphere at Pailolo Bar & Gril, and have the opportunity to create this experience for our guests without them having to seek it out,” continues Maeda.
In addition to the introduction of the food truck to Pailolo Bar & Grill, the resort recently completed construction of a seating extension to the venue that is centered around a fire pit that is lit nightly. This affords guests views of the oceanfront and boardwalk fronting the resort, an ideal location for people-watching and enjoying the venue’s daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm.
The new menu features specials of food truck inspired fare that blends local ingredients with creative and unique preparations to showcase the breadth of island-style cuisine. Some examples are the Duck, Duck, Goose (dish below) and Pailolo Ceviche: fresh-caught fish, shrimp, pico de gallo, Moloka’i sweet potato, Kula corn, yuzu coconut (dish above).
“After listening to the voice of our guests and associates, we acknowledged that Pailolo Bar & Grill had great potential for innovation. What we wanted was a new idea that would transform our menu and allow us to build upon our long-standing relationships with local growers and farmers,” says Chef Francois.
The food truck is an innovative and engaging way to expand the menu and incorporate fantastic ingredients with items such as Duck, Duck, Goose poutine: duck foie torchon with goose meatball and duck sauce and Bi Bim Bap Blistered Shishito Peppers with Maui Cattle Company steak, farm fresh egg and tobiko aioli on shishito peppers.