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New Luau in Beverly Hills?
RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2008-10-21 04:49 am   Permalink

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On 2008-10-20 15:53, Bora Boris wrote:


I think the picture of the dining room is actual size.

Seriously.



Seats 130 Boris.

D'oh!


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Bora Boris
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From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-10-21 2:29 pm   Permalink

SPOILER!! DO NOT LOOK IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE.
























This is from
Eater LA today ~

Eater Preview: Luau



It doesn't open until later this week, but here's an inside look at Luau in Beverly Hills. As discussed earlier, isn't so much a replica of the original Luau, the once tikified favorite for celebs in the 60s, but more a contemporary ode to the original. The connections are subtle: There's a print of the original Luau salt-and-pepper shakers hanging on one wall; Makoto Tanaka's (Mako, Robata-Ya) menu has the requisite pupu platter, albeit one with Wagyu meatballs and firecracker shrimp; and designer Loree Rodkin worked with Ben "Bamboo Ben" Bassham, grandson of the original's designer and builder. But probably the most significant throw-back is tikiologist Jeff Berry's cocktail list: After talking with Luau's former bartenders, he "cracked the code" to the legendary rum-centric drinks like the Bo-Lo, Luau Coconut and Pearl Diver, some of which are served in fresh pineapple or coconut shells. There's a good chance this will be just as much a celeb magnet as the original because Andy Hewitt, owner of tabloid-favorite Il Sole, backs the operation (as do the Maloof brothers, but that's a whole other story.) Private tastings are taking place over the next few nights, and Luau opens to the public for dinner on Friday. (369 North Bedford Dr, 310.274.0090)



He looks like a cool little guy. Nice job Ray!




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arriano
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From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2008-10-21 3:38 pm   Permalink

From what I'm seeing in these photos, this looks like a very classy, updated version of tiki style to me. Not as tropical as some may like, but I don't think the kitch factor would work too well in Beverly Hills. The decor is sparse to some degree, but still looks warm and inviting.

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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2008-10-21 4:05 pm   Permalink

I just made reservations for Friday night. I'm scared about the prices though. Does anybody have a clue on what the entrees are going for?

 
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Coco Joe
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Posted: 2008-10-21 6:04 pm   Permalink

Just so you average schmoes know the entrees rage from $28-$62 which isn't bad. The person who took my reservation was very nice and claimed they wanted to be somewhat of a family style joint as well. I have no clue what to expect other than some good drinks and a nice evening with the lady.

Hope to see some of you guys there!
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2008-10-21 10:11 pm   Permalink

looks and sounds good,
but it may have to be one of those once a year places for me.

Jeff(bigtikidude)



 
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Mike Desert
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Posted: 2008-10-21 10:46 pm   Permalink

When I was a kid (underage) I used to get a bluish drink with dry ice...anyone know what that could be? It was so long ago, perhaps the adults at my table got that and I was served something else, but I remember always loving those dry ice drinks.



 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2008-10-22 05:34 am   Permalink



All i can say is....... LOO - WOW!!!!!!!

looks great!! very classy and i like that the entree's are on pricey side ....keeps the L.A. riff-raff and beer and shot crowd at bay.....


nice work......now come to chicago and build one you bastards!


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 08:39 am   Permalink

if anyone bothered to notice....
Ben is a Class Act!
dare i say TOP SHELF!?

and a master translator!
i think your grandpa would be proud
This looks so beautiful

Revival in all the right places
(especially the drinks)

Contemporary where required

very cool!

Congrats y'all!
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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-22 08:40 am   Permalink

I cant wait for tonight to see the whole thing finished . Cindy and I are going to the private tasting party and we will try to get some pics . Thanks for the compliment Boris . Thats a real wide angle shot so its kinda hard to see the tiki in that pic . Its a reproduction of the original "Luau" saltshaker . Im not sure who will be attending but I hope that Paris Hilton doesnt yap my ear off all night .

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 08:50 am   Permalink

Here's the original....



Let's see yours Ray!
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tikiyaki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:13 am   Permalink

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On 2008-10-22 08:40, TIKI-RAY wrote:
I cant wait for tonight to see the whole thing finished . Cindy and I are going to the private tasting party and we will try to get some pics . Thanks for the compliment Boris . Thats a real wide angle shot so its kinda hard to see the tiki in that pic . Its a reproduction of the original "Luau" saltshaker . Im not sure who will be attending but I hope that Paris Hilton doesnt yap my ear off all night .



...unless she's talking about commissioning you to do a tiki for her Mansion.



 
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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:17 am   Permalink

Sorry Ken , I was in a mad rush to get it down there in time while they were still working on the lighting inside . All I have is a bad , dark cell phone pic right now but we will try to get some better ones tonight . While I was carving it , Cindy kept concentrating on me making sure the butt on this little guy was perfect . She kept rubbing it and shaking her head till I got it just right . Since then she has won the Lotto for millions of dollars so she in convinced that all who go to see this tiki should rub his little bottom for good luck too . But dont blame me if you get a splinter from rubbing too hard .....hahaha

 
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Tiki Kiniki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:27 am   Permalink

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On 2008-10-22 09:17, TIKI-RAY wrote:
Sorry Ken , I was in a mad rush to get it down there in time while they were still working on the lighting inside . All I have is a bad , dark cell phone pic right now but we will try to get some better ones tonight . While I was carving it , Cindy kept concentrating on me making sure the butt on this little guy was perfect . She kept rubbing it and shaking her head till I got it just right . Since then she has won the Lotto for millions of dollars so she is convinced that all who go to see this tiki should rub his little bottom for good luck too . But dont blame me if you get a splinter from rubbing too hard .....hahaha



With all that rubbing, will there be complimentary tubes of tiki lube? Don't want the little guy to go up in flames! Besides, it will give his bottom a lustrous shine!

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TIKI-RAY
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Posted: 2008-10-22 09:38 am   Permalink

COMPLIMENTARY ???????????????? No way !!!!!!!!! We are just two blocks from Rodeo Drive . $620.00 for each 1/2 oz. tube .

 
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