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Black Rock Kitchen at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Ka’anapali Beach

April 19, 2017

While in Maui, we stayed at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Ka’anapali Beach.  We had a beautiful ocean view room with a gorgeous view of the famous Black Rock at Ka’anapali from where we could watch the nightly torch lighting and rock diving ceremony from the Black Rock at sunset.  This black lava rock outcropping is one of Ka’anapali’s distinguishing features, a place that the local Hawaiian’s believed to be a sacred spot on the island, and the torch lighting and cliff diving is in tribute and honor to the local gods and spirits.  Located at the very end of the beach closest to the Black Rock, the Sheraton Maui Resort is primarily focused on and around the Black Rock itself.

Each morning during our stay at the resort, we were treated to a bountiful buffet breakfast at the Black Rock Kitchen at the Sheraton Maui.  As the name would indicate, the restaurant was located in the shadows of the beautiful black rock with both indoor and outdoor seating.  The outdoor seating, just off the main pool area of the hotel provided wonderful views of the grounds of the resort, but also of the Black Rock that loomed over the property.  A gorgeous buffet spread, featuring some uniquely Hawaiian foods and flavors is just the wake up call we needed each day for our Hawaiian getaway.

What is breakfast without your standard eggs, bacon and potatoes?  Scrambled eggs, or hard boiled eggs were set out for everyone to pile high on their plates.  Country potatoes with sautéed green peppers and onions as well as crispy, bacon provided the starch and salty fatty breakfast meat everyone needs to fuel up for the day.

If bacon isn’t your thing, there was also grilled ham steaks, a vegetable quiche and of course stacks of buttermilk pancakes.  For the pancakes, there was your traditional butter and maple syrup, but you also had your Hawaiian choice of coconut syrup for the tropical, sweet addition to the flappy jacks.  Bread pudding with creamy creme anglaise as well as oatmeal was also on offer.

Of course you could also get an array of various boxes of cereal with milk, or start your morning off with a variety of toast and bread with bread and different flavors of jam.

Or there was also a variety of different pastries and baked goods including various Danishes, fresh banana bread, which Maui is known for, croissants, chocolate croissants, bran and chocolate muffins, and even some sort of coconut cake.  You could also get English muffins and bagels too with cream cheese.

If you wanted cold cuts and smoked salmon instead to make a morning sandwich, you could do that as well.  Accompaniments included thin sliced red onions, capers, sliced cucumbers, tomato slices and various spreads.

Being in Hawaii, where Asian culture and influence is prevalent, as well as Asian tourism, there were various breakfast items that certainly had more of an Asian influence.  Hot miso soup was on offer, to which you could make a bowl and add your choice of nori, green onions and uzumaki fu (wheat cake).  Grilled catch of the morning, which was mahi mahi filets were offered as well as teriyaki grilled white fish along with steamed white rice and accompaniments of picked daikon, cucumber and konbu.

If you wanted a more traditional western offering, there was an omelet station set up where you could get a made-to-order omelet with all of the fixings – diced ham, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, baby shrimp, onions, cheese, etc.  Of course you could also get fried eggs and sunny side up eggs as well.

Of course, there’s always going to be those who want a healthier option.  Being Hawaii where fresh fruit is plentiful and always in season, there was plenty of fresh and delicious fruit to be found.  Fresh cut pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon along with bananas, oranges and apples.  There was also segmented peaches and pears as well as fresh strawberries and fresh cut papaya.  All of which you could enjoy with cottage cheese, plain and strawberry yogurt.  I love that you get the tropical fruits like the fresh papaya that you normally wouldn’t find at any other buffet breakfast at many other hotels around the world.

Finally, my favorite part of this breakfast buffet was the make-your-own Belgian waffles.  As a kid, I used to see make-your-own waffles at a bunch of hotel breakfasts, but because people can’t play nice and overfill the waffle maker and burn the waffles and do other bad things, many hotels got rid of their waffle makers.  But here, at Black Rock Kitchen, they offered make-your-own waffles as a breakfast option, and you know I made myself a waffle every single day.

Simple and delicious, and definitely filling, Black Rock Kitchen offered a bunch of toppings for the waffles.  Fresh sliced strawberries, pineapples, raspberries, chocolate chips, maple syrup, coconut syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chips and powered sugar, this was like sugar heaven for me.  Make a fresh Belgian waffle, top it with strawberries and chocolate chips, sprinkle on some powdered sugar and add a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and it was fabulous.  Chocolate and strawberries, a beautiful combination.

With options like Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets and bacon and ham, what more do you need to start your morning off right?  Ok, you could get fresh cut fruit and a bowl of cereal to go with some toast.  But we’re on vacation, why be healthy?  I’m never going to eat like this at home, so I might as well live it up while I can when I’m on vacation.  Black Rock Kitchen certainly provided me all the tools I needed to make my breakfast wishes come true.

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