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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-06-30 7:49 pm   Permalink

More lights, Dark ceiling = More better.

 
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DC's Kona Club
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Posted: 2007-08-11 8:26 pm   Permalink

My wife and I just got back from 3 days in Las Vegas and we weren't there 30 minutes before we were having drinks at Tahiti Joe's. The prices were reasonable, the staff was great , but most of all they have got Tiki stuff and did it right! We really thought the menu looked good, so we came back the next night and hand fresh lobster (less than $30) and Stir-Fry Lobster (less then $20); it was excellent! We suggest you try this place when you come to Vegas. It is located on Las Vegas Blvd., just south of the 215 about a mile or so and is part of the Tahiti Village Resort. Try their signature drink; a couple of these will have you feeling GOOD!

 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2007-08-12 7:31 pm   Permalink

The Drinks are now better, Pdrake gave them the beach bum Berry guide.....


Amy


 
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mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2007-08-23 7:06 pm   Permalink

A basic review in the Las Vegas Weekly-

http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/content/nc/news/single-story/article/authentic-hokum/


Authentic hokum

August 23, 2007
by Max Jacobson


Tahiti Joe's is fake but fun

If you remember the ’60s, you probably remember faux-Polynesian restaurants like Don the Beachcomber, bastions of silly rum punches topped with umbrellas, charbroiled pork ribs and waitresses in grass skirts. The point was never really the food, although Trader Vic’s did bring the dishes crab Rangoon, potage Billi-Bi (a creamy mussel soup) and huli-huli chicken into the American consciousness.

Well, the Polynesian restaurant is being revived, with Trader Vic’s soon to open at Miracle Mile Shops, and Tahiti Joe’s already open in the Hawaiian Village complex just north of Warm Springs Road on the lower Strip.

Oddly enough, Vegas has almost a dozen authentic Hawaiian restaurants, where transplants from the islands can find the dishes they grew up with: spam musubi, lomi lomi salmon, loco moco (rice topped with a hamburger patty and a fried egg) and various types of sugary marinated meats, finished on a flat-top barbecue.

These dishes are nowhere to be found at Tahiti Joe’s and really have nothing to do with the concept. I guess you could call this Polynesian food as interpreted by the time-share crowd, although veteran chef Gerard Canales does seem to be having fun with it. If you don’t come here with an idée fixe, you’ll probably have fun, too.

The décor is nicely thought-out, if hokey in the extreme. Giant tropical plants fill the room, along with strategically placed bamboo staves, cane chairs, wall-mounted tikis and Polynesian lanterns carved from wood. Two giant statues that recall Easter Island and the book Aku-Aku by Thor Heyerdahl guard the entrance, which also showcases a souvenir case stocked with logoed T-shirts.

As soon as you’re seated, a cocktail waitress will approach you to see if you wish to get a drink such as the mereni mojito, flavored with watermelon juice, or an enormous punch meant to be shared. If you do, know in advance that she keeps a separate tab from servers responsible for the food.
You can try a few of the Tahitian pupus, or appetizers, by ordering the Joe’s Tiki

Torch Sampler for two, a wooden platter filled with fried calamari, spring chicken rolls, luau spare rib and crab Rangoon. If there was crab in these fried puffs, I couldn’t detect it, not that this is a complaint. I will say the calamari was fine, gently battered rings and tentacles served with remoulade sauce; the spring rolls were even better, nicely piquant and tasty when dipped in a sweet Thai chili sauce. The ribs were average, braised instead of charbroiled.

I also think that the satay item I tried, soy ginger chicken, would benefit from a visit to the charbroiler. Satay is Malaysian skewered meats, and this chicken, a generous eight wooden skewers of meat cooked on a flat-top grill, tastes best when dipped in some of the spicy peanut sauce.

From the Islander Soup and Salad section of the menu, choose Joe’s royal velvet corn soup, which lives up to the name. It’s a heavily pureed, smooth soup, and there are traces of the ginger, kaffir lime leaves and clam broth the kitchen uses in it. Joe’s shrimp sizzle au gratin, a hearty dip, needs more shrimp and less mayo. One of the more reliable first courses is Joe’s tiki wings, chicken wings offered with a multiplicity of sauce options.

Makai Fish, another menu section, refers to the Hawaiian word for ocean, and here the best dish is probably a macadamia-nut-crusted mahi mahi, with a crust that tastes like the stuffing that your Hawaiian grandmother used to make. Tahiti Village lobster stir-fry is a resolutely Cantonese dish, a pile of noodles, lobster chunks and veggies, all flavored with salty black fermented soybeans.

And Mauka Beef, using the Hawaiian word for mountain, is basically 100 percent Angus beef that is charbroiled. So is the Kobe beef meatloaf, a humongous portion with nice flavor that would be even better with less salt in the meat.

Sides include Tahitian sesame slaw (more sesame, please), nicely seasoned Islander fries and a terrific baked potato that they will serve you with all the trimmings. For dessert, there are real s’mores, for two, brought to the table for you to cook yourself (in one of those Sterno-based portable island fire pits) and my personal choice here, Joe’s original vanilla of Tahiti. The ice cream is made in-house using vanilla beans from Tahiti; this might just be the best vanilla ice cream in the city.

It’s certainly more authentic than just about anything else in this place.

Tahiti Joe’s
7200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. 440-6950. Open 24/7. Suggested dishes: Joe’s spring chicken rolls, $7.95; Joe’s royal velvet corn soup, $3.95; mahi mahi, $18.95; Joe’s original vanilla of Tahiti, $4.95.

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Groupie GG
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Posted: 2007-09-03 8:36 pm   Permalink

I'm fairly new to the TIKI Scene. So I hope I'm replying to the right post. I just found this site online doing some Tahiti Joe's Las Vegas research. WOW!!! I'm simply amazed with how this has grown outside of the Local area. Glad to meet everyone and looking forward to keeping in touch.

 
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hala bullhiki
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From: champaign,illinois
Posted: 2007-10-18 3:05 pm   Permalink

my inlaws just purchased a time share at tahiti village, so it looks like ill get to check this place out!....cant wait

 
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Tropical_Icebergs
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From: Dallas Texas
Posted: 2007-10-19 10:09 am   Permalink

If it's really a quality place..."Tiki Farm" will be the mug makers....any word on it's splash in the colltiable market...

 
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croe67
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From: Land of Cheese & Beer
Posted: 2007-10-19 11:13 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-10-19 10:09, Tropical_Icebergs wrote:
If it's really a quality place..."Tiki Farm" will be the mug makers....any word on it's splash in the colltiable market...



They do indeed serve their libations in Tiki Farm mugs, some of which are also for sale.
They do also have a mug of their own design which is not tiki farm. I think it's supposed to look like the logo, but.....ummmmm.....

& their drinks are better - not stellar - but drinkable and better than most places in Las Vegas - except Trader Vic's & the place in the MGM that has the "Hinky Dinks Mai Tai" (can't recall the name of the spot at the moment).


 
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Tropical_Icebergs
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Posted: 2007-10-19 2:07 pm   Permalink

We are flying into Vegas tomorrow....looks like it's a good place to stop for a couple of drinks and new mugs....

 
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Tonga Tiki
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From: The Tonga Lounge in Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2007-10-21 08:50 am   Permalink

Hopefully it will be a fun place to get lit and lots of Tikis

 
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TikiTodsmack
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From: Lake Havasu City,AZ
Posted: 2008-06-16 10:28 pm   Permalink

I really liked Tahiti Joe's! The food was really good!price was right.The parking had me confused for a minute,But after that it was cool!haha. They were under staffed when I went,But the lady at the front desk was pulling 2 or 3 jobs trying to help out!That was great to see.I liked how they did not go overboard with the tiki theme.I will go back for sure!I took pics also,But at the momnet I can not find them to post.

 
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hala bullhiki
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From: champaign,illinois
Posted: 2008-10-02 4:48 pm   Permalink

will be there next week. cant wait!

 
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Tiki Kupcake
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2008-11-12 09:11 am   Permalink

We are going to Vegas in April. I will add this place to my list, behind Frankie's! 2009- the year of tiki vacations!

 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2008-11-12 09:40 am   Permalink

This place looks great, and it's great to see Bosko, Diablo, and OA represented in the decor.

The music on that video on the website tho' is vomit inducing. Bad Caribbean steel drum music is NOT tiki.

They need an Exotica intervention !!!

Looks like I'll be sending them a CD in hopes that they give it a spin.

When I go to Frankie's I'll definitely check this place out. The food looks pretty yummy.


 
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icebaer69
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Posted: 2009-06-25 5:05 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-10-18 15:05, hala bullhiki wrote:
my inlaws just purchased a time share at tahiti village, so it looks like ill get to check this place out!....cant wait


"...
Vegas timeshare company to close sales operations
Published Tue, Jun 23, 2009 (6:29 p.m.)

Real Estate in Crisis

A Las Vegas timeshare company has shut down its sales and marketing operations
and is planning to seek bankruptcy.

Consolidated Resorts Inc., which owns
- TAHITI,
- TAHITI VILLAGE and
- Club de Soleil
in Las Vegas, made the announcement today.
Tahiti Village is on Las Vegas Boulevard near the I-215 Beltway while Tahiti
and Club de Soleil are on Tropicana Avenue, west of Decatur Boulevard.

"As a result of the dramatic changes in the economy and the shrinking timeshare
lending environment, Consolidated Resorts, Inc. has shut down its sales
and marketing operations in Las Vegas, Orlando and Hawaii and will file for
bankruptcy protection," company spokesman Ken Chupinsky said in a statement ...
..."
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jun/23/vegas-timeshare-company-close-sales-operations/


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