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Forbidden Island, Alameda, CA (bar)
surfalaia
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Posted: 2009-05-13 11:57 am   Permalink



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Molokai Mike
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From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2009-05-13 12:13 pm   Permalink

Wednesdays is perfect. It is local 94501 night...but also Tiki Central Night!
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margaritamama
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Joined: Jul 26, 2009
Posts: 3
From: Lemoore
Posted: 2009-07-27 12:45 am   Permalink

July, 2009, had a great evening there. Drinks were super, good trio playing and appetizers were good. Loved the ambiance. Want to go back. Well worth the trip.

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-03-02 6:30 pm   Permalink

Here's my Forbidden Island review that I originally posted under another thread. It was suggested that I include it here.

Also I need some advice. What's the closed BART station to Alameda? Are there usually cabs waiting there that I can take to FI?

Thank You.



........letís start with my visit to Forbidden Island, a place I havenít been for almost 3 years. Now letís face it, most of the recent Tiki Central Bay Area spotlight has shone on SC with FI being relegated to ďthe place that Martin Cate leftĒ. Conventional wisdom would dictate that the quality would fall much in the same way when a celebrity chef leaves a famous restaurant.

This feeling was reinforced when I had a chat with someone I meet at LAís Varnish bar earlier last year. This self-described San Francisco ďNew CocktailianĒ insisted he was a former FI regular and that the place had gone downhill when Martin left.

Since I was staying with friends in the East Bay, I decided to check it out for myself. Upon entering FI, it felt as if I was just there the previous week. That ďnever changes, frozen in timeĒ Tiki atmosphere was still in place. The mood was still that of a low-key neighborhood bar, FI hadnít turned into a beer swilling sports bar.

Now did you ever have a cocktail that after the first sip, made an impression that just stayed with you? That was the impact I got when I first sipped on a Martiki-mixed traditional Mai Tai in 2007. Now Iím more of a Navy Grog guy, but Iíve never had a Mai Tai quite like that since. That was my first cocktail choice of the evening. I took my first sip, and then had that same feeling of sublime recognition I remembered from years before. Nothing had changed. Another key drink of the evening was the Jet Pilot which I would say was one of the best Tropical cocktails Iíve tasted (Iím jumping ahead here, but I also tried the Jet Pilot at SC. Very very good, but I think I preferred the FI one just a tad more.)

So hereís my point. In my opinion, any rumors that FI has gone downhill are total BS. Talking to Susan (one of the bar managers) and Paddy (my bartender of the evening), FIís dedication to master mixology and devotion to classic Tiki-style are still very much in place.



On the West Coast, itís sometimes easy to take FI for granted. Now we have so many great Tropical cocktail places like SC, DTBC, the revamped Tonga Hut, the downtown LA TV, and Frankieís Tiki Room. We forget that when FI first opened, the only other real game in the West was Tiki-Ti. Itís great to see that one of the first places that set the high Tiki standard still continues to maintain it. Donít think of FI as the place that Martin Cate left but rather as the place he helped to define.


 
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pablus
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2010-03-06 09:46 am   Permalink

I was at FI on Martin Denny night and it was spectacular. Great vibe and awesome cocktails. First rate. My take: martiki and Mike began a great legacy there that is continuing - as it should be.

Suzanne is a great hostess and manager and has the right attitude for all of the patrons. Well done.



 
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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2010-04-23 11:08 am   Permalink

Nice things going on cocktail-wise at Forbidden Island these days. The new drink menu addendum has one page of classic tropical drinks and a page of modern cocktails. Tried a bunch of them and liked quite a few. The new Tropical Itch is very nice, packs a punch along with an itch.

Still, the old school guy that I am, give me a Navy Grog and I am happy. It's a tasty grog now at F.I., new and improved it lacks only a sugar stick. I have been rather impressed the last few months by the cocktail quality and innovation going on, kudos to the F.I. crew.

My heart still belongs to the Hawaii Kai Treasure,
midnite





 
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Molokai Mike
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From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2011-04-01 09:42 am   Permalink

Really excited to have been voted "Best Specialty Cocktails" in the 2011 SF Baylist poll. A really cool birthday present as we gear up for our 5th Anniversary!

http://baylist.cityvoter.com/winners/baylist/4789/nightlife/speciailty-cocktails

Mahalo!


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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
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From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2011-04-04 11:39 am   Permalink

Congrats Michael!

 
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chiwito
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Joined: Oct 26, 2008
Posts: 86
From: the Pacific island of Alameda
Posted: 2011-04-11 12:32 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-04-01 09:42, Molokai Mike wrote:
Really excited to have been voted "Best Specialty Cocktails" in the 2011 SF Baylist poll. A really cool birthday present as we gear up for our 5th Anniversary!

http://baylist.cityvoter.com/winners/baylist/4789/nightlife/speciailty-cocktails

Mahalo!



Clicked on that link and happened to notice what fine establishment finished second to Forbidden Island. Haven't been to that place in years, but I am familiar with one of their staff, specifically their expert rumologist. Heard he's just started working at another place, perfecting his craft. Wonder where that would be?


 
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WooHooWahine
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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3113
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2013-03-24 10:06 am   Permalink

WooHoo! A Trip to The Bay Area would not be complete without a visit to Forbidden Island.......


















 
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Thortiki
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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 267
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2013-05-01 11:18 am   Permalink

Went to the FI again this week. Vibe & the drinks are both still GREAT. If you have NEVER been, you MUST go!!! JOHN-O's review is spot on!!! Thortiki


Quote:

On 2010-03-02 18:30, JOHN-O wrote:
Here's my Forbidden Island review that I originally posted under another thread. It was suggested that I include it here.

Also I need some advice. What's the closed BART station to Alameda? Are there usually cabs waiting there that I can take to FI?

Thank You.



........letís start with my visit to Forbidden Island, a place I havenít been for almost 3 years. Now letís face it, most of the recent Tiki Central Bay Area spotlight has shone on SC with FI being relegated to ďthe place that Martin Cate leftĒ. Conventional wisdom would dictate that the quality would fall much in the same way when a celebrity chef leaves a famous restaurant.

This feeling was reinforced when I had a chat with someone I meet at LAís Varnish bar earlier last year. This self-described San Francisco ďNew CocktailianĒ insisted he was a former FI regular and that the place had gone downhill when Martin left.

Since I was staying with friends in the East Bay, I decided to check it out for myself. Upon entering FI, it felt as if I was just there the previous week. That ďnever changes, frozen in timeĒ Tiki atmosphere was still in place. The mood was still that of a low-key neighborhood bar, FI hadnít turned into a beer swilling sports bar.

Now did you ever have a cocktail that after the first sip, made an impression that just stayed with you? That was the impact I got when I first sipped on a Martiki-mixed traditional Mai Tai in 2007. Now Iím more of a Navy Grog guy, but Iíve never had a Mai Tai quite like that since. That was my first cocktail choice of the evening. I took my first sip, and then had that same feeling of sublime recognition I remembered from years before. Nothing had changed. Another key drink of the evening was the Jet Pilot which I would say was one of the best Tropical cocktails Iíve tasted (Iím jumping ahead here, but I also tried the Jet Pilot at SC. Very very good, but I think I preferred the FI one just a tad more.)

So hereís my point. In my opinion, any rumors that FI has gone downhill are total BS. Talking to Susan (one of the bar managers) and Paddy (my bartender of the evening), FIís dedication to master mixology and devotion to classic Tiki-style are still very much in place.



On the West Coast, itís sometimes easy to take FI for granted. Now we have so many great Tropical cocktail places like SC, DTBC, the revamped Tonga Hut, the downtown LA TV, and Frankieís Tiki Room. We forget that when FI first opened, the only other real game in the West was Tiki-Ti. Itís great to see that one of the first places that set the high Tiki standard still continues to maintain it. Donít think of FI as the place that Martin Cate left but rather as the place he helped to define.



 
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Molokai Mike
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From: the birthplace of the Mai Tai
Posted: 2013-09-05 10:19 am   Permalink

Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en Visits Forbidden Island

http://youtu.be/VmXRsJVDGwQ

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howlinowl
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Joined: Jul 20, 2008
Posts: 145
From: Port Saint Lucie, FL
Posted: 2014-03-25 07:01 am   Permalink

Wasting precious hours of what's left of my pathetic existence cruisin' through youtube lookin' for tiki stuff.....
Found this video, did a quick scan of this thread and didn't see it mentioned, thought I'd post a link.....

http://youtu.be/N9W37MSfsX4

howlinowl


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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7463
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2014-03-25 09:02 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-25 07:01, howlinowl wrote:
Wasting precious hours of what's left of my pathetic existence cruisin' through youtube lookin' for tiki stuff.....
Found this video, did a quick scan of this thread and didn't see it mentioned, thought I'd post a link.....

http://youtu.be/N9W37MSfsX4

howlinowl



Brings back Awesome memories!!! Thanks for posting this HOwl!
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I build Tiki Rooms for you! Just ask around ;)
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7463
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2014-03-25 09:07 am   Permalink

P.S. I was just there last week re-vamping the bathrooms.

Here's a video ( sorry non-face bookers)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152296662246240&set=vb.679291239&type=2&theater




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