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bongofury
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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1548
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-10-25 10:35 pm   Permalink

After the Primer Nationals Mrs.Fury and I went to the Hong Kong Inn for the Polynesian Revue. We had not been to the restaurant for quite a while as we found the food average but remembered the flaming Volcano Bowl was good. This time we just had appetizers (Potstickers and Foil Chicken were good, eggrolls were bad and greasy) and drinks.

Established in 1964

The Scorpion was not great.....had a heavy cherry flavor....

Lapu Lapu was worse.....heavy on coconut flavor.....

Drink prices reasonable.....but I think the bartender makes up his own recipes. Will have to return for Mai Tais etc.

Well........it ain't the Mai Kai but it's better than nothing. The Polynesian Revue started out as cheesy as a Don Ho show, a couple of pop songs then some beautifully sung Hawaiian songs. The singers were from Tonga and Samoa. The dancers were pretty good, especially the kids (8-10 years old). The show lasted about an hour and a half, no cover except drinks are 20% higher during the show. They had 3 or 4 carved Tikis near the stage. Not many people there. No tipsy factor......typical Chinese decor. The stage is in the bar and is separated from the restaurant by a plastic folding curtain that they open for the show (9:00pm). We had a good time......felt like a couple of tourists.


 
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Kreaky Tiki
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Joined: Apr 19, 2003
Posts: 182
From: Goleta the good land
Posted: 2004-10-26 11:11 pm   Permalink

I have not seen the show, but I will stop by every now and then on my way back to the "Goodland" from Los Angeles. I have had the owner make drinks for me and the have been pretty good. It's not Tiki Ti, but I dig the retro feel. It reminds me of the first Chinese restaurant that I ever ate in, hence the foil chicken and greasy egg rolls.

Cheers,

KT


 
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donhonyc
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Joined: Jan 13, 2003
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-10-26 11:48 pm   Permalink

Eesh...that Lapu Lapu looks like some kinda wierd New England Clam Chowder. Bottoms up!!

 
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lanikai
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Joined: May 15, 2004
Posts: 490
From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-10-27 12:21 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-26 23:48, donhonyc wrote:
Eesh...that Lapu Lapu looks like some kinda wierd New England Clam Chowder. Bottoms up!!





aaah yes. nuthin like an exotic drink made by someone who cares not for the classic recipes, served in an old OOA bowl, graced with plastic orchids...
whaddya gonna do?!



 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-10-27 2:52 pm   Permalink

At least the Polynesian Revue had real Polynesians and some drinks do come in Tiki mugs/bowls. We liked the show. I think the Clam Chowder look was the coconut froth. Not much Tiki between Santa Barbara and L.A.-KT stop by sometime on your way back to the Goodland.

 
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lanikai
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-10-27 2:58 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-27 14:52, bongofury wrote: Not much Tiki between Santa Barbara and L.A.-KT stop by sometime on your way back to the Goodland.



well, there is some in Ventura, and parts south and along PCH before L.A. proper, but it is hidden.



 
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-10-27 3:10 pm   Permalink

Hey Bongofury! Those look like blacklights over the stage. It's hard to tell in the photo, but are those Hula dancers wearing flourescent orange?

 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2004-10-27 3:28 pm   Permalink

Yes! They also had lime green and changed costumes for almost every dance.

 
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lanikai
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2004-10-28 12:52 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-27 15:10, Hakalugi wrote:
Hey Bongofury! Those look like blacklights over the stage.




As I recall, those are flourescent tube lights with semi-clear blue plastic covering them...


 
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WooHooWahine
  

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
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From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2007-07-08 11:36 am   Permalink

Soccer Tiki and I decided to take a detour on our way home from Monterey and stay in Ventura for the night. We saw that the Hong Kong Inn was listed in Tiki Road Trip (pg.33) so we decided to give it a try. Little did we know what we had in store for us: Great Food served the Traditional Chinese Style, a Cocktail Menu Full of Classic Tiki Drinks,Great Service, and one of the Best Polynesian Shows that I have ever seen. What a Treat!!! The owners James Kwan and Thomas Kwan went out of their way to make our visit tiki-rrific. If you are ever in the area on a Friday or Saturday Night this is a MUST STOP!! The show starts at 9:00pm and lasts about a 1 1/2 hours. Here's some pics of our night:






Old School Ceramic Clam Shell Bowls are used to serve drinks in

The Mai Tai came with Floating Plastic Orchids in a Cool Chinese Dragon Glass (Which are available for purchase)

The Polynesian Show is put on by Tina's Ports of Paradise. Tina along with her husband playing the drums, and her son playing the Tahitian Drum are accompanied by about 20 dancers that take you on a journey through the South Pacific. The show was spectacular. The Vainuku Ohana treated us like we were part of their Ohana.






The Kong Kong Inn is located at: 435 E. Thomas Blvd, Ventura
Phone # (805)648-3161



[ This Message was edited by: WooHooWahine 2007-07-08 12:50 ]


 
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2012-02-08 3:09 pm   Permalink

Kitschy and wonderful.

 
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Dustycajun
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 4400
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2012-02-08 6:33 pm   Permalink

The sign viewed at night.


An article from 1972 with the history back to 1964 - oldest Chinese restaurant in Ventura County.




Some entertainment from back in the day.






Look forward to John-O's field trip in March.

DC



 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2710
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2012-11-26 09:51 am   Permalink

The Hong Kong Inn is closing it's doors for good on Nov 30th

The owners are retiring.

End of an era. Sorry to ruin your Monday.


 
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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2012-11-26 3:17 pm   Permalink

Ugh! Should've gone there on my trip!

 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Joined: Jan 10, 2005
Posts: 1196
From: Ling Cod Beach, CA 90803
Posted: 2012-11-26 3:55 pm   Permalink

Farewell message at this link...

Hong Kong Inn

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