Joey Macadangdang’s New Maui Restaurant Joey’s Kitchen
You may recognize Chef Joey Macadangdang of Roy’s Ka’anapali, but he has now opened his own new Maui restaurant in Whaler’s Village on the former Ruby’s Dinette site (which years ago was McDonald’s). Macadangdang wanted to focus on taking Filipino cuisine to the next level, but in a fast, casual setting.
“We knew from the beginning that we wanted to highlight some Filipino foods,” says Macadangdang. “Before we had regional Hawaiian cuisine, no one understood what Hawaiian-inspired Filipino Asian cuisine was. Thus, Filipino cuisine becomes recognized along with regional Hawaiian cuisine. When I am building this restaurant, I am definitely going to go into this Filipino merger. We already serve pancit, embutido [and] we have a lumpia. We will definitely add Kare Kare. We also specialize in fresh island fish. “
Macadangdang says some of his other dishes you should try are bulgogi beef roll with salad, swiss cheese, kimchee and Datu Puti Miso; Huli Huli Chicken plate; and JK’s Ramen with poached egg and spicy pork bacon. All his pinoy dishes are inspired by local cuisine and are authentic. Eventually it will attract local farms to complete its local farm to the table.
I already fell in love with the flavors of his Embutito loco moco Filipino. It is spiced and tender, with an egg in the sun and a Dutch on top. It appears on the $ 9.95 breakfast menu with steamed or fried rice, but Macadangdang says you can get it anytime. I also have to have Sinigang again. Braised short ribs with sajota tips, corn, bok choy, mushrooms, local pepper and ginger in tamarind broth were so good I’ll order extra to take home.
Joey’s Kitchen also has several fish preserves, from wasabi pea ahi sandwich with arugula and pickled Maui onion to cajun mahi sando with garlic aioli. His fish plates with rice and salad are served as part of the chef’s daily preparation, with mahi, na, or ahi. A plate of fish and chips in tempura mahi is also fresh fish, made to order.
Other menu items to try include his Benedicts of the Day, Omlet Your Way, Caesar Salad, and Brussels Sprouts Fried Salad. Prices start at around $ 4 for toppings and sandwiches, and plates range from $ 7.95 to $ 14.95. Joey’s kitchen opens at 7:30 am and lasts until 9:00 pm.