Macadangdang: Filipino-Hawaiian Fusion Meets Contemporary Vibes in a Trendy Lahaina Establishment
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Macadangdang blends the best of Hawaiian and Filipino cuisine to create a fusion menu like no other. Treat yourself to a culinary adventure at this inviting Lahaina enclave, where you will appreciate the sake, sushi, and smiles.

- The Local Expert Team

Fusion cuisine is having a moment in Hawaii, where vacationers and locals alike love to see how various flavors and concepts work together. Hawaiian and Filipino traditions, in particular, hold the potential to deliver original dishes that retain traditional vibes.

An exquisite blend of these culinary styles can be found at an acclaimed Lahaina restaurant. Named after its founder Joey Macadangdang, this establishment aims to celebrate all that makes Filipino and Hawaiian traditions special. Meanwhile, the experts at Macadangdang hope to bring new life to familiar recipes with help from original fusion concepts. 

The contemporary design at this restaurant is in keeping with its modern and distinctly global feel. The moment you step inside, you’ll be greeted by high ceilings and a golden glow from the bar. The ambiance is inviting and provides the perfect middle ground between relaxed and upscale.

The attention to detail that’s evident in the restaurant’s design will be even more obvious as your meal arrives. The plating is so impressive, that you might not be bothered if your meal is smaller than expected (as is the case with many dishes served here). 

Don’t be surprised if you feel ravenous by the time your meal arrives, as wait times here can be long — even when you arrive prepared with a reservation. Thankfully, live music is often available to make the wait more enjoyable.

As we’ve mentioned, the golden bar forces you to take notice when you enter the restaurant. This full bar offers a variety of enticing beverages, including several distinctive cocktails. Sake is also available, as are helpful recommendations for pairing.

Of course, a glass of fine wine or a bottle of cold beer should also satisfy. The beer selection includes not only local options from the Kona Brewing Company but also, Japanese favorites such as Sapporo and Kirin. 

A few of our favorite menu items include the following:

Banga Banga
Featuring a total of six tasting creations from Macadangdang’s talented chef, this starter is the perfect option for anybody who struggles to choose just one appetizer. It incorporates a clear Hawaiian favorite: ahi poke.

Also included, Aromatic kajiki ceviche, a raw seafood dish known as kinilaw with kampachi (amberjack), and a Filipino-style meatball dish known as bola bola (complete with crab and shrimp). Finally, a dip incorporating malunggay (also known as moringa) introduces you to a Filipino home cooking staple.

Roasted Beet Salad With Goat Cheese Mousse
If you crave fresh produce and a colorful meal, you’ll find both when you order this flavorful salad. Kumu greens are highly nutritious and bring an unexpected flavor to this dish. Better yet: the sherry vinaigrette, which is made with local honey. Add a delectable goat cheese mousse to the mix, and you have the makings of the perfect salad. 

Pistachio Wasabi Ahi
Seared to perfection, this seafood favorite is as visually impressive as it is tasty. Its unique blend of flavors is sure to satisfy. The freshness, alone, sets this dish apart. 

Special Tempura Roll
One of several specialty rolls worth sampling, this version comes with snow crab, avocado, cucumber, eel sauce, and a flying fish roe known as tobiko. To amp up the flavors, be sure to enjoy this roll alongside sake. 

Flourless Chocolate Torte
Whether you opt for sushi, salad, or something a little more hearty, you’ll want to save at least a little room for the indulgent dessert menu. This chocolate torte is an easy choice, as it’s wonderfully rich. It comes with whipped cream and a delectable strawberry sauce. 

Take on a culinary experience like no other at Macadangdang, where you will be introduced to several remarkable flavors and ingredients that you might otherwise never encounter. 

Insider Tips:
-Reservations can easily be made via OpenTable. It’s worth reserving your spot when possible, as this trendy restaurant can get busy. 
-Macadangdang occasionally offers specials for important occasions such as Mother’s Day. Keep an eye on the restaurant’s official Facebook to get a sense of upcoming events or menu add-ons.