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B.G.Reynolds to open Hale Pele in Portland, OR
Trader Tom
  

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From: Hillsboro, OR
Posted: 2012-11-17 9:20 pm   Permalink

Okay, so I had to go back and try some more things off the menu. The Zombie was good, but I really like their Navy Grog. Pork bun sliders with fresh baked Hawaiian bread from Lilikoi Bakery also. I don't know if I'll be able to make it this next week for their four-course Thanksgiving meal, but they've already got the menu up and it looks amazing. Two thumbs up!

 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-06-05 10:29 am   Permalink

I'm on the road shooting a show and flew into Portland last night. My 2 man crew and I had to end up in Eugene, but I convinced them we had to make a stop at Hale Pele first (it really didn't take that much arm twisting).

I started the night off with a Jet Pilot, while my DP had a Sailors Grog. The presentation of the Jet Pilot in a large goblet combined with a flaming float that the waitress sprinkled something on to make it sparkle (I should have asked what it was) was a nice touch, but the drink itself was excellent. Dense and strong and literally bathed in fresh Cinnamon. I sampled the Sailors Grog and it was solid. I've never been a big a fan of Ginger Beer drinks, but my DP enjoyed it. Next I moved on to a 3 dots and a dash. Again, this was mixed perfectly, with just enough honey. Finally I had a (Chief) Lapu Lapu and got my DP to order a Painkiller. Both of these are drinks I love to make at home and they were both fantastic. I don't know if it was Pussers in the Painkiller but it certainly tasted right, down to the nutmeg on top. I have to say the Lapu Lapu was my favorite drink of the night. Like the Jet Pilot it came in a big goblet. What I love about this drink is that it's Orange, Lemon, Passion fruit blend is refreshing and Hale Pele got it spot on. It may be the best Lapu Lapu I've ever had.All of the drinks tasted fresh, balanced and not overly sirupy at all which makes sense considering who owns the place.

Besides the drinks I had a Cannibal plate of Chicken Adobo, Lili Lumpia spring rolls and a Hale Dog. The Chicken, served with sticky rice, was well marinated, juicy and really delicious. The Hale Dog was a portuguese sausage covered in pineapple chunks and other toppings and was really good. The spring rolls were solid. Overall the Cannibal plate definitely stood out.

It should already be known, but I have to mention that the decor in this place is spot on. A nice mix of classic Poly pop, with enough sprinkled nautical elements to keep anyone happy. The Kon Tiki Cannibal trio behind the bar dominate the scene. All through the night at semi regular intervals the Volcano would go off, complete with fog, rain falling in one of the two water features at the front of the restaurant and roaring/thunderous sound effects.

I grabbed one of the Muntiki mugs before I left and our designated driver (who had been drinking a virgin drink on the menu called the designated driver) took us to Eugene. I'll be keeping this guy with me for the rest of my trip.

This was a great visit. I'm hoping I get to come again while I'm traveling through here for the next 7 weeks.







 
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El Jefe
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Posted: 2014-06-05 10:52 am   Permalink

My wife and I were there earlier this year and had a great time. While in Oregon I even visited Munktiki's studio. The sprinkling of the cinnamon is what caused the sparks.

 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-06-05 11:04 am   Permalink

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On 2014-06-05 10:52, El Jefe wrote:
My wife and I were there earlier this year and had a great time. While in Oregon I even visited Munktiki's studio. The sprinkling of the cinnamon is what caused the sparks.



My mystery is solved!


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2014-06-05 11:10 am   Permalink

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My mystery is solved!



Here's a great one for you, recorded by RumDood:
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-06-05 11:12 am   Permalink

This is why I love this site. Always something new to learn.

 
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heylownine
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Posted: 2014-10-01 10:20 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

Tikival and I are going to be in Portland October 6-9 (departing on the 10th) and are planning a return to Hale Pele. Ok, fine. Several returns to Hale Pele.

If any PDX TCers are nearby, come on out and let's have a drink. Maybe a Wednesday night *really* traveling Rumpus Room...

Kevin
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2014-10-01 11:05 pm   Permalink

You can't fall in love with Kevin & Val, Portland
They belong to us!


 
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tikicoma
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Posted: 2014-10-01 11:22 pm   Permalink

Us?

 
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Posted: 2014-10-02 02:49 am   Permalink

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On 2014-10-01 23:22, tikicoma wrote:
Us?



The Hotel California......which is us.


 
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Rum Balls
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Posted: 2014-10-02 10:56 am   Permalink

I'm nearby (maybe too nearby!) and would grudgingly force myself to meet up...
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heylownine
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Posted: 2014-10-02 10:45 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-10-02 02:49, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-10-01 23:22, tikicoma wrote:
Us?



The Hotel California......which is us.



I'd find it hard to leave SoCal for too long. But I do love visiting Portland.

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heylownine
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Posted: 2014-10-02 10:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-10-02 10:56, Rum Balls wrote:
I'm nearby (maybe too nearby!) and would grudgingly force myself to meet up...




Excellent! Well, Val and I are planning to be there Tuesday for happy hour to start the Hale Pele portion of our week, and I do believe we plan to visit on Wednesday and Thursday too (at yet-undetermined times).

Okole Maluna!

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TorchGuy
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Posted: 2014-10-03 02:13 am   Permalink

Heading to Portland next weekend with a buddy, who's relatively new to craft cocktail bars and has never been to any sort of tiki bar. I'm taking him to the Driftwood Room (I've been before, love it!) and to Hale Pele, which-- by all accounts I've seen-- looks and is wonderful. In this thread alone, the photos make me go a bit glassy-eyed. That's how a real tiki bar should look! Grass thatch, mat on the walls, old artifacts, glass floats, multi-colored light mysteriously glowing from hidden corners. A far cry from the only big tiki to hit Seattle in my adult lifetime: the short-lived and extremely ultra-modern Bellevue Trader Vic's (I suspect it didn't survive because it wasn't 'hip' and 'urban' enough for swanky Bellevue!)

I have some questions:

--First, assuming I'm there on a Friday or Saturday evening, how long should I expect to wait for two seats at the bar? And can I call ahead and reserve a couple an hour or two before I arrive? Most bars won't do so, but it doesn't hurt to ask. I love direct connection with the bartender, and though I'm sure all the waitstaff are wonderful and helpful, if possible I'd like to see the tenders at work. We get to see what everyone else is ordering, too!

--Second, though I know this is very subjective, what are the favorite drinks of posters here who've been there, and why? I know I can just order a Mai Tai, and when made well (as I'm sure they do) it's a stellar drink. But I'd like to branch out. I love seeing unusual glassware, garnishes and drinks with some extra flair, hallmarks that I think make the tiki realm of cocktails extraordinary-- things I won't find at, say, the Driftwood Room, good as it is (though the tender there in 2011 did make me an eight-layer Pousse Cafe!) so I'd love to order some fire or some special glassware... Saw a photo on here of a beautiful frosty metal cup drink!

~ (Tiki) Torch Guy


 
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Quince_at_Dannys
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Posted: 2014-10-03 8:09 pm   Permalink

Show up early (at opening) and you'll be fine.

My favorite drink: Cobra's Fang. Based on the old Don the Beachcomber recipe, and done really, REALLY well. Garnish includes huge spiral of orange peel with cloves stuck in it. If you've ever been to the Mai Kai, it's similar to their Cobra's Kiss, but garnished more ornately.

I also really like the QB Cooler and the Jet Pilot. Overall, if you order any of the classics you can't go wrong! And the food is delicious too. Make sure you stick around long enough to witness the Volcano eruption. It really is a fantastic bar and Blair is a super nice guy.


 
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