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Mai Kai, Fort Lauderdale, FL (restaurant)
Otto
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Posted: 2014-05-09 3:34 pm   Permalink

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mai-kai-restaurant-and-polynesian-show-fort-lauderdale?hrid=W6QAg13hLRLkTYKQRxEdQg#src:self


The greatest Tiki bar in the world - The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - needs your help.

They were recently hit by a slew of bad reviews that is now hurting their business.

If you have ever been to the Mai Kai now is the time to post a review.
Take five minutes and do this today/this weekend
Google Places
Yelp
Trip Advisor

if you have not been to the Mai Kai, visit their page and LIKE them
and then make plans to get there as soon as you can!!!

Please share this with your friends.

Here I am in front of the Mai Kai recently


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babydoe
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Posted: 2014-05-10 09:03 am   Permalink

done! Thanks hubbie for reminding us!
XOXO


 
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Ebb Tide
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Posted: 2014-05-10 10:45 am   Permalink

Posted my review on Yelp and Trip Advisor just now.................


[ This Message was edited by: Ebb Tide 2014-05-10 10:52 ]


 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2014-05-12 04:11 am   Permalink

Don't forget to upvote/favorite/promote/thumbs up/like the positive reviews on those sites too!

The more 'votes' the good reviews get the less harmful the bad reviews are.


 
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Doc Aikane
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Posted: 2014-05-12 10:32 pm   Permalink

It's been way too long since I've been to Mai Kai (at least 6 months - gasp!). Tomorrow I'll drop off my Mai Kai Club application. Does anyone know if they are selling off the old drink menus?

 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 2014-05-13 06:59 am   Permalink

Despite being a lifelong Miamian, I've never made it to the Mai Kai... and I'm a little distressed that it's been cited by the health dept.

Can one just go to the Mai Kai and order drinks and still enjoy the show and grounds? Or are the ammeneties strictly for diners only? I would love to eat there, but I'm a bit leery...

E E


 
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Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2014-05-13 07:33 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 06:59, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Despite being a lifelong Miamian, I've never made it to the Mai Kai... and I'm a little distressed that it's been cited by the health dept.

Can one just go to the Mai Kai and order drinks and still enjoy the show and grounds? Or are the ammeneties strictly for diners only? I would love to eat there, but I'm a bit leery...

E E



First, the health department thing is being way overblown. The Mai Kai consistently receives A or better ratings, this one inspection was a 'young pup' trying to make a name for himself. AND! The Mai Kai was reinspected the following day, given a A+ rating, and opened for business.

For just drinks..... You can have drinks and appetizers in the Molokai Bar (just to the left when you walk in) and enjoy the decor and scenery. The scantily clad Molokai Maidens will bring you any of the 52 drinks from the menu, or if you prefer there is an extensive wine cellar available.

After you've had your fill of the Molokai, take a stroll through the gardens with your date. The Gardens are just down the steps and to the left, turn left at the fish tanks, and then right through the doors.

If you would like to sit down for dinner, but would prefer a quiet evening with your date you can ask for a reservation in Tahiti, Samoa, or outside on the Lanai. Same great food, same great drinks, just no dinner show.

As tourist season winds down the Mai Kai will soon be going dark on Monday's so plan accordingly.

Wednesday's is Sushi Happy Hour in the Molokai. Really crowded, but that makes it kind of fun.

Fridays and Saturdays the second dinner show is a bit later, and when crowded they put on a third show so if you want to do the late night thing you can. Again, call first because the Mai Kai switches to a 'summer schedule' about this time of the year.

Sunday is family night with a more kid-centric dinner show. I don't have kids so I haven't seen it, those who have say it is fun.

If you still aren't sure about the Mai Kai, then you should keep your eyes open for one of the semi-regular gatherings of the local crowd because it really is more fun with a crowd. In fact, next Thursday (5/22) there is going to be a Tiki Bingo night at the Mai Kai from 6 to 8. A bit of fun for the evening and a chance to meet some people while raising a few dollars for charity.


 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
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From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-13 07:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 07:33, Chip and Andy wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-05-13 06:59, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Despite being a lifelong Miamian, I've never made it to the Mai Kai... and I'm a little distressed that it's been cited by the health dept.

Can one just go to the Mai Kai and order drinks and still enjoy the show and grounds? Or are the ammeneties strictly for diners only? I would love to eat there, but I'm a bit leery...

E E



First, the health department thing is being way overblown. The Mai Kai consistently receives A or better ratings, this one inspection was a 'young pup' trying to make a name for himself. AND! The Mai Kai was reinspected the following day, given a A+ rating, and opened for business.

For just drinks..... You can have drinks and appetizers in the Molokai Bar (just to the left when you walk in) and enjoy the decor and scenery. The scantily clad Molokai Maidens will bring you any of the 52 drinks from the menu, or if you prefer there is an extensive wine cellar available.

After you've had your fill of the Molokai, take a stroll through the gardens with your date. The Gardens are just down the steps and to the left, turn left at the fish tanks, and then right through the doors.

If you would like to sit down for dinner, but would prefer a quiet evening with your date you can ask for a reservation in Tahiti, Samoa, or outside on the Lanai. Same great food, same great drinks, just no dinner show.

As tourist season winds down the Mai Kai will soon be going dark on Monday's so plan accordingly.

Wednesday's is Sushi Happy Hour in the Molokai. Really crowded, but that makes it kind of fun.

Fridays and Saturdays the second dinner show is a bit later, and when crowded they put on a third show so if you want to do the late night thing you can. Again, call first because the Mai Kai switches to a 'summer schedule' about this time of the year.

Sunday is family night with a more kid-centric dinner show. I don't have kids so I haven't seen it, those who have say it is fun.

If you still aren't sure about the Mai Kai, then you should keep your eyes open for one of the semi-regular gatherings of the local crowd because it really is more fun with a crowd. In fact, next Thursday (5/22) there is going to be a Tiki Bingo night at the Mai Kai from 6 to 8. A bit of fun for the evening and a chance to meet some people while raising a few dollars for charity.



Thanks!! Good to know. I'll probably go for drinks and see the place... and head back for dinner, seeing I'll probably fall in love with the place. It looks wonderful.


 
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Swanky
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Posted: 2014-05-13 07:50 am   Permalink

It is sad a low that some lady who wants to try to screw the Mai-Kai with a law suit got some air time by the local news. That is BS. They health inspection result was overblown. This is a huge place and small things can happen and are easily corrected and were. Coming up on 60 years in business. They have staff in that kitchen that have been there decades. They know what they are doing and you should not worry about that stuff.

I prefer a quiet night in Molokai. When you hear the drums of the show, wander through and on to the gardens.

BUT! Go see the show and dinner! It is such a rare treat! Tip the Maitre D for a good seat. Their show is quality and the Supper Club is a rarity these days. The performers are great and being in that big room where they have been doing this since 1961 is just goose-pimply. I recommend something from the Chinese ovens. Again, this is pretty unique to the Mai-Kai. Had to convince the health board that a method of cooking that has been used for centuries was okay and the original staff who manned the ovens were expert and passed on the knowledge. Fantastic stuff.

Get a flaming coffee grog in the dining room too to see it in the right light. Another tradition only at the Mai-Kai that is straight from Donn Beach himself.
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EPCOTExplorer
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Joined: May 13, 2014
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From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-13 08:02 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 07:50, Swanky wrote:
It is sad a low that some lady who wants to try to screw the Mai-Kai with a law suit got some air time by the local news. That is BS. They health inspection result was overblown. This is a huge place and small things can happen and are easily corrected and were. Coming up on 60 years in business. They have staff in that kitchen that have been there decades. They know what they are doing and you should not worry about that stuff.

I prefer a quiet night in Molokai. When you hear the drums of the show, wander through and on to the gardens.

BUT! Go see the show and dinner! It is such a rare treat! Tip the Maitre D for a good seat. Their show is quality and the Supper Club is a rarity these days. The performers are great and being in that big room where they have been doing this since 1961 is just goose-pimply. I recommend something from the Chinese ovens. Again, this is pretty unique to the Mai-Kai. Had to convince the health board that a method of cooking that has been used for centuries was okay and the original staff who manned the ovens were expert and passed on the knowledge. Fantastic stuff.

Get a flaming coffee grog in the dining room too to see it in the right light. Another tradition only at the Mai-Kai that is straight from Donn Beach himself.


I'm happy to hear it... Sounds very nice. Love that the place's history is shining through.

What mugs/drinks would you all recomend?

And thanks for the warm welcome.


 
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Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2014-05-13 08:40 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 08:02, EPCOTExplorer wrote:

What mugs/drinks would you all recomend?



Here is my recommendation for an evening....

Start with a nice table in the Molokai Bar. If you are alone for the evening, then sit at the bar, the girls are just as pretty.

Have a Jet Pilot and a PuPu Platter. Do check with your Molokai Maiden first, sometimes there is something on special or off-menu that is seasonal.

Then move to the dining room for the dinner show. Order a Derby Daiquiri, or a Floridita Daiquiri if you prefer something less sweet. Both are light and refreshing and make a good transition to dinner.

For dinner, order anything from the Chinese Ovens. The steaks are magical and between the marinade and the ovens you will not find anything better in all of South Florida.

If you aren't so much into eating beef, try the fish. It is cooked over an open flame using the same hardwood they use in the ovens. Mahi is almost always available, do ask your server what is available because it changes seasonally.

To drink, you can never go wrong with a Rum Barrel or a Black Magic. I think I mentioned before about the wine cellar.... if you like wine it is worth looking at the list.

Don't forget desert! Flaming fruit over ice cream is always a treat, you can have cherries or bananas.

A nice stroll through the gardens, some pictures if you like, and back around to the Molokai Bar for an after dinner drink. A Flaming Coffee Grog is an awesome presentation and highly recommended. A Wahini's Delight or Chocolate Snowflake are both good desert drinks.

By this point in your evening you should have reached sensory overload.... awesome drinks, fantastic presentation, amazing decor, spectacular food, and I think I mentioned the scantily clad Molokai Maidens already. Now it is time to ask your valet to bring your car around and you can head home.

After your evening you will understand why so many people get this far-off look with a slight smile when you mention the Mai Kai.

You may need to adjust some of the drink recommendations, you might prefer your drinks sweeter, or weaker, or both.
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EPCOTExplorer
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From: Miami, FL
Posted: 2014-05-13 09:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 08:40, Chip and Andy wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-05-13 08:02, EPCOTExplorer wrote:

What mugs/drinks would you all recomend?



Here is my recommendation for an evening....

Start with a nice table in the Molokai Bar. If you are alone for the evening, then sit at the bar, the girls are just as pretty.

Have a Jet Pilot and a PuPu Platter. Do check with your Molokai Maiden first, sometimes there is something on special or off-menu that is seasonal.

Then move to the dining room for the dinner show. Order a Derby Daiquiri, or a Floridita Daiquiri if you prefer something less sweet. Both are light and refreshing and make a good transition to dinner.

For dinner, order anything from the Chinese Ovens. The steaks are magical and between the marinade and the ovens you will not find anything better in all of South Florida.

If you aren't so much into eating beef, try the fish. It is cooked over an open flame using the same hardwood they use in the ovens. Mahi is almost always available, do ask your server what is available because it changes seasonally.

To drink, you can never go wrong with a Rum Barrel or a Black Magic. I think I mentioned before about the wine cellar.... if you like wine it is worth looking at the list.

Don't forget desert! Flaming fruit over ice cream is always a treat, you can have cherries or bananas.

A nice stroll through the gardens, some pictures if you like, and back around to the Molokai Bar for an after dinner drink. A Flaming Coffee Grog is an awesome presentation and highly recommended. A Wahini's Delight or Chocolate Snowflake are both good desert drinks.

By this point in your evening you should have reached sensory overload.... awesome drinks, fantastic presentation, amazing decor, spectacular food, and I think I mentioned the scantily clad Molokai Maidens already. Now it is time to ask your valet to bring your car around and you can head home.

After your evening you will understand why so many people get this far-off look with a slight smile when you mention the Mai Kai.

You may need to adjust some of the drink recommendations, you might prefer your drinks sweeter, or weaker, or both.




Yepp. This sounds heavenly. Going ASAP.

Eager to add a Mai Kai mug to my shelf of Tiki.


 
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Doc Aikane
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Posted: 2014-05-17 7:07 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-13 06:59, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Despite being a lifelong Miamian, I've never made it to the Mai Kai... and I'm a little distressed that it's been cited by the health dept.

Can one just go to the Mai Kai and order drinks and still enjoy the show and grounds? Or are the ammeneties strictly for diners only? I would love to eat there, but I'm a bit leery...

E E



I was just at the Mai Kai 3 nights ago - my first trip back in months. Yes, you can go in and just head to the bar (immediately to your left when you walk in). You can also feel free to get up and take a self guided tour of the restaurant, gift shop, and gardens. Wednesday night is very popular thanks to free sushi, and happy hour runs till 7 if I remember correctly. The Mai Kai cocktails are not cheap so if it's your first time go during happy hour so you can try a few (and bring a designated driver).

Remember, the Mai Kai is a swanky joint from the 50s, and it still has the type of service you would expect back from those days. Your car will be parked by a valet (free). A doorman will greet you when you walk in, and 5 feet in front of him will be the host who will find a table for you if you want to eat. Just heading to the bar? Three feet away from the doorman is the bar entrance, where you'll also find a host to welcome you to the bar. Going to the restroom? The attendant will hand you a clean towel after you wash your hands. Not to worry though, the attire is fairly casual (hawaiian shirt is perfect) and the staff is always very friendly and will guide you to where you want to be.

Don't let the health department thing scare you off. If you read the actual report you'll see most of what they were cited for was minor (Soda guns not sparkling clean? A worker not washing his hands before he put on gloves? Really? I won't mention the other findings here.)

I'm happy to say they have done a nice job of renovating the gardens. Some of the more damaged tikis have been replaced, and the waterfall is no longer painted green (whose idea was that anyway???). There is still plenty of work to be done (fix the damn ceiling in the gift shop already!!!) but it looks like they are finally starting to put some money back into the place.

Your first trip will NOT be your last, so take my advice. Go to the Mai Kai website and download a copy of the application for the Mai Kai Club, fill it out, and bring it with you on your first visit. For $20 you'll get your membership card in the mail along with $18 drink coupons and two 2-4-1 admissions to the show. The card is good for 25% off all your bills on weekdays. It will pay for itself your first return trip. Good through the Summer until December comes.

http://maikai.com/experience/mai-kai-club

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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 2014-05-17 9:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-05-17 19:07, Doc Aikane wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-05-13 06:59, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Despite being a lifelong Miamian, I've never made it to the Mai Kai... and I'm a little distressed that it's been cited by the health dept.

Can one just go to the Mai Kai and order drinks and still enjoy the show and grounds? Or are the ammeneties strictly for diners only? I would love to eat there, but I'm a bit leery...

E E



I was just at the Mai Kai 3 nights ago - my first trip back in months. Yes, you can go in and just head to the bar (immediately to your left when you walk in). You can also feel free to get up and take a self guided tour of the restaurant, gift shop, and gardens. Wednesday night is very popular thanks to free sushi, and happy hour runs till 7 if I remember correctly. The Mai Kai cocktails are not cheap so if it's your first time go during happy hour so you can try a few (and bring a designated driver).

Remember, the Mai Kai is a swanky joint from the 50s, and it still has the type of service you would expect back from those days. Your car will be parked by a valet (free). A doorman will greet you when you walk in, and 5 feet in front of him will be the host who will find a table for you if you want to eat. Just heading to the bar? Three feet away from the doorman is the bar entrance, where you'll also find a host to welcome you to the bar. Going to the restroom? The attendant will hand you a clean towel after you wash your hands. Not to worry though, the attire is fairly casual (hawaiian shirt is perfect) and the staff is always very friendly and will guide you to where you want to be.

Don't let the health department thing scare you off. If you read the actual report you'll see most of what they were cited for was minor (Soda guns not sparkling clean? A worker not washing his hands before he put on gloves? Really? I won't mention the other findings here.)

I'm happy to say they have done a nice job of renovating the gardens. Some of the more damaged tikis have been replaced, and the waterfall is no longer painted green (whose idea was that anyway???). There is still plenty of work to be done (fix the damn ceiling in the gift shop already!!!) but it looks like they are finally starting to put some money back into the place.

Your first trip will NOT be your last, so take my advice. Go to the Mai Kai website and download a copy of the application for the Mai Kai Club, fill it out, and bring it with you on your first visit. For $20 you'll get your membership card in the mail along with $18 drink coupons and two 2-4-1 admissions to the show. The card is good for 25% off all your bills on weekdays. It will pay for itself your first return trip. Good through the Summer until December comes.

http://maikai.com/experience/mai-kai-club

great advice! Thanks so much. Very excited to finally see the place.


 
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EPCOTExplorer
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Posted: 2014-05-24 9:33 pm   Permalink

Made it to the Mai Kai! ADORED it. That's a gem. Pure tiki culture… the show, the perpetual rain on the Molokai windows, the gardens… So good. I'll be back. Thanks for your advice.

 
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