Sweetie and I discovered a new Maui restaurant this past week. In the middle of downtown Wailuku, sitting on North Market Street, is the Cafe Marc Aurel Wine Bar. Hey, I didn’t know there was a wine bar in Wailuku! Neither did my Sweetie.
So how did we find out about it? Well, that’s the sweetest part. One of my Sweetie’s good friends e-mailed him a while ago to say congratulations on our engagement. As part of his congratulations, he wanted to send an engagement gift. He found out about the place, contacted the owner, made arrangements to pay, and sent us the information. He told us to go have some wine and cheese, compliments of him. How great is THAT?! Totally out of the blue, very nice, and super easy for us. He told us to let him know how we liked it.
Well, we finally managed to hop over there this past week, and we loved it. The restaurant serves as a cafe from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with sandwiches, salads, and coffee/espresso drinks. Then, from 4:00 p.m. on, the restaurant becomes a wine bar, with a huge wine menu and, very often, live music with no cover charge. The wine list is large. The website says “over 80” different wines, and that sounds about right. The menu is divided by different types of red and white wine, with many selections available by the glass – from about $7.00 to over $20.00 a glass. The cafe food is available in the evening, and Sweetie and I shared an appetizer plate with pita bread, tzatziki, dolmas, hummus, and olives. We also shared a small salad and cheese plate with bread and triple cream Brie. Yummmmmmm. So much for South Beach. Let me repeat: Yummmmmm.
I had a glass of Duckhorn’s Paraduxx red wine. I can’t tell you how impressed you should be that I remembered the wine I ordered. I am not a very sophisticated wine drinker. I enjoy a good wine, but I immediately forget what I drink – to the point I can’t even always remember which reds I like better than others. No, not kidding. Anyway, the Paraduxx is a Zinfandel/Cabernet mix, and I enjoyed it. I really liked the aftertaste. No, I can’t describe it in wine terms. It was just good – slightly fruity. I liked that part. I can’t remember what my Sweetie ordered, but he really liked it. I think it was Australian. Or Italian. Or something like that. See how good I am at this?*
Anyway, we enjoyed good food and good wine. The service was awesome. The restaurant is fairly small, but they also have about three tables outside in a tiny patio that is somewhat screened from Market Street with planters. The crowd seemed very local, and I think a couple folks came in just to hear the music for that night. Who knew Wailuku had a night life?? You can check out upcoming performers at the wine bar HERE.
Around 7:30, the evening’s live music started. We were treated to the sounds of the “Hand Jive” Jazz Trio. Another unexpected treat. Very low key. Very good musicians. Sweetie is partial to jazz and blues (ok, along with a dozen other music genres), and he really enjoyed the music. We both did. It was so nice to just sit back after our meal, finishing our wine, and listening to the music. Very relaxing. Exactly the kind of thing you want to do in between traveling, and working, and wedding planning.
Much appreciation to our friend on the mainland and his thoughtfulness. We truly enjoyed our night out together!
Photo Credit: http://www.cafemarcaurel.com/aboutus.html
* ok -not so good. He ordered a Châteauneuf-du-Papefrom southern France.
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