I highly recommend these three cool new restaurants on the South Side of the Valley Isle:
1. Maui Thai Bistro: New owners Chit Tharnthong and Oey Meesook join the incredible Chef Prakong Tongsod to create the best Thai food on the island--artisanal, authentic and contemporary. The bistro specializes in single-dish lunch items, as well as classic dinner dishes with Chef Prakong's innovative Hawaiian fusion flair. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. daily The bistro is located at 2439 South Kihei Road. Call (808) 874-5605 and visit www.mauithaibistro.com.
2. Migrant: Award-winning Chef Sheldon Simeon has left Star Noodle and now serves Wailea diners fantastic Filipino-inspired cuisine at this recently opened restaurant adjacent to Chef Mark Ellman's marvelous Mala at the Marriott. It's open every day from 5 to 10 p.m. (the lounge is open until 11 p.m.). Visit www.migrantmaui.com.
Maui Thai Bistro · Migrant · Matteo's Osteria
3. Matteo's Osteria: Chef-Owner Matteo Mistura showcases his Four Seasons Italian culinary skills with a whole new menu. Open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 5 to 10 p.m. weekends. Matteo and his wife, Gianna, delve deep into the Italian food and wine culture to become the hosts to Maui's first Italian restaurant and 70-plus wine bar. It's at Wailea Town Center, 161 Wailea Ike Place. Call (808) 891-8466; visit matteosmaui.com.
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