Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Visit to Maui Brick Oven

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Maui Brick Oven, a restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, that serves healthful, gluten-free dishes, including brick-oven pizzas, has opened a new location in Germantown.
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The restaurant’s interior has a modern, Pacific-inspired brightness. The staff was friendly and helpful, giving detailed answers to my questions about some of the menu items.

I visited the restaurant on the second day of its soft opening at the end of November. The menu features rice bowls, salads, brick oven pizzas, and finger foods like coconut shrimp, chicken satay, and chicken tenders. 

I ordered the Bi Bim Bowl ($11), which was a bowl of basmati rice and broth topped with a fried egg, pickled kimchi, portabella mushroom, candied carrots, and crispy kale.
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My uncle ordered the Kalua Pig pizza ($16), which had a thin gluten-free crust covered in barbecue sauce, braised pork shoulder, caramelized onions, and mozzarella cheese (they can also substitute vegan Daiya cheese).

On their own, the ingredients in the Bi Bim Bowl were pretty tasty (the crispy kale and candied carrots were delicious), but overall, the bowl could have used a little more flavor – maybe some extra seasoning in the broth or a little hot sauce spritzed over top to bring the flavors together. My uncle’s pizza had a hearty serving of barbecue on it, and he gave it two thumbs up.

About half of the menu is vegan or has a vegan option, making Maui Brick Oven a good option if you hold to a vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free diet, or if you’re just looking for a healthier place to dine out.

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