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Aku Tiki, Acapulco, Mexico (restaurant)
Matterhorn1959
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From: Mile High City
Posted: 2006-05-01 8:19 pm   Permalink

Name:Aku Tiki
Type:restaurant
Street:
City:Acapulco
State:
Zip:
country:Mexico
Phone:
Status:defunct

Description: Not much is known about this restaurant except that it is now defunct and the only physical evidence seems to be a coaster in BOT. Many years ago I found this wonderful die cut menu and have kept it because of the tiki is just so cool. The description on the front page reads Aku-Tiki Restaurant Acapulco. In bringing the Aku-Tiki to Acapulco, our desire was to bring a mingling of Native dishes from many Pacific lands. The zesty tang of Spanish and Portuguse Colonies is contrasted with the robust heartiness of the Dutch influence in Indonesia. From exciting Tahiti one recognizes the touch of the French, and Hawaii brings us a primitive, relaxed gracious living. In choosing the particular menu we were guided by the adaptability of the dishes to the taste of the American continent. All of these foods and cultures of the Pacific seem to blend themselves beautifully into the enchanting atmosphere of Acapulco. Menu is filled with typical Tiki food including a wonderful selection of Pu-pu, soups (Sea Weed), Salads, Cantones food, curries and some great deserts. One page is all international including sirloin steak, Chateau Briand with Bearnaise Sauce for two and more. Here are the images:


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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-05-01 11:31 pm   Permalink

That's fantastic! I've long been curious and thirsty for more details about the Aku Tiki in Acapulco, and I've come up empty -- this is a very welcome sight! I don't suppose there's an address on the menu, is there? Thanks so much for sharing it!

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2006-05-02 12:33 am   Permalink

Matterhorn,

Here is a record album I own that may depict the Aku Tiki. The band is from Acapulco and it's signed "To our Susy With A Lot of Love. From Acapulco". If the cover was photographed in Acapulco as well... then we probably have the Aku Tiki. Can't be sure though.



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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2006-05-02 01:11 am   Permalink

Holy moly...I just love that cover, Sabu. Just keep posting it in regular intervalls, it's always a good shot in the arm!
And I just had to cut that amazing menu cover out of my new book...didn't fit, sigh. There is a coaster from the place in my Thor Heyerdahl chapter in the BOT, p.?

The Tiki totem on the last page might have been their mug? That rendering's style very much reminds me of the Lonndon Mayfair Beachcomber logo Tiki, too.


 
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Matterhorn1959
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Posted: 2006-05-02 05:03 am   Permalink

Sorry no address on the menu. The reason I kept the menu was the great die cut cover.

 
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bifcozz
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Posted: 2006-05-02 10:25 am   Permalink




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Humuhumu
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Posted: 2006-05-02 11:14 am   Permalink

Fantastic! Thank you!


 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2006-05-02 6:02 pm   Permalink

Much appreciated, bifcozz. That kind of information is worth its weight in falernum.

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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-06 10:15 pm   Permalink

Hey Sabu,

What story did Bifcozz tell those years ago? Sorry to see his old posts gone.

I got one of those Moai menus from the Aku Tiki a while back.

Came across this different one on ebay not to long ago.

Great shot of the exterior.






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Zeta
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Posted: 2009-07-06 10:25 pm   Permalink

Hey DC, please tell me you bought that Menu! My kingdom for that Menu! I need to see it closely before I die! That place is my all time favorito! Thank you so much DC! You rule! Sabu too!
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Zeta
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Posted: 2009-07-06 10:26 pm   Permalink

Matterhorn1959, you rock too!

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-07-07 6:22 pm   Permalink

Zeta - I'm the culprit who won that menu. I'll scan better photos and add them here. I don't remember what photo bifcozz posted, unfortunately.
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2009-07-07 10:48 pm   Permalink

So it was you, Sabu, who won the menu (that kind of rhymes if you say it in tempo).

Very nice piece, it will go with your album cover nicely.

Look forward to seeing a better scan of that exterior photo.

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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2009-07-22 9:18 pm   Permalink

Here's the front cover to the menu.


Unfortunately, while the original photo is atmospheric, it is washed-out in the lit areas. I've tried to darken and filter some of this out, but could only do so much.

For instance, in the photo below, I'm sure that the reddish-brown object is a tiki, but I can't bring out any detail. You can read "by the surf" and "no cover charge" on the sign:


some more closeups








That strange, lopsided A-frame


Looks like they carved this tiki into the living palm trunk


I'll scan the inside of the menu next.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2009-07-23 05:29 am   Permalink

Very interesting concept details, Sabu, thanks.
-The sign: A lava rock grotto with its interior back-lit in red, and real bamboo letters sticking up in the foreground. Very Cool.
-The entrance: Looks like it's not an A-frame, but a modernist arch. It could be a combination of these two architectural concepts I documented on my expeditions:

The mid-century modern arch:



...and the asymmetrical A-frame:



...but all built from bamboo and tropical materials

And the waterfall spouting from the lava rock outrigger reminds me of the pool I found at the Shelter Isle apartments in 1994:








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