Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tikis Bar and Grill, Waikiki

While in Honolulu, we also ate at a newer Tiki Bar called Tikis Bar and Grill. We usually eat here at least once every time we stay at Waikiki. It's a great restaurant, with good food, well made drinks and lots of tikis. It also has a great view as it's right across the street from Waikiki Beach. On the downside, it is a bit expensive.

Tikis is a modern take on the classic tiki bar although the modern definitely outshines the classic here. Lots of Shag paintings and modern looking tikis.
We had the Coconut shrimp appetizer, which was really good. Before dinner they also serve purple taro rolls with vanilla banana butter. These rolls alone are worth the trip. For our main course I had Sea Scallops and my wife had the Macadamia encrusted Mahi Mahi. The Mahi Mahi was good but the Sea Scallops were a little disappointing. The scallops themselves were pretty good but the sauce it was served with just wasn't that good.
Like I said earlier, it's a bit pricey. For our appetizer, 2 meals and dessert, with no alcoholic drinks our tab came to an even $100 with the tip. I considered it a bit of indulgence that was worth the price. You can get by for less if you take advantage of their happy hour specials or Tuesday night taco specials.While leaving we stoped at their gift shop. I bought the green tiki mug on the left.
Tikis Bar and Grill
2570 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-TIKI (8454)

La Mariana, Honolulu, HI

While on my recent Hawaiian vacation we visited a couple tiki bars. The La Mariana is one of the best tiki bars that I've been to. Lots of tikis, good food, and prices that are very reasonable for Honolulu.
I had the Cajun Grilled Ahi, which, while not the best I've ever had, was still pretty darn good. My wife had Macadamia encrusted Mahi Mahi, which was also very good. We also had a couple drinks. I had a Mai Tai, which was respectable, and my wife had a Blue Hawaii which was probably the best example of that drink I've tried.
We went on a Monday. Unfortunately on Mondays the piano player is off. We've been here a couple times before and the piano player is definitely one of the best things about this place. He's blind, and plays and sings standards like "Night and Day". I found this picture on the Internet. He is playing with the ukulele playing Japanese duo Petty Booka.
While we were leaving I noticed they have a new small gift shop. They had t-shirts, hats, and a selection of tiki ceramic articles. Many were made especially for La Mariana by Gecko. I really liked the bowl with the pink hula girls on the top but it was $200. I settled for the brown Tiki Mug on the bottom right for $50. I think I'll do a separate post on it because it's pretty cool.
La Mariana is kind of out of the way and a little difficult to find. There is only a small sign visible from the road, so pay attention when you get close.
La Mariana Sailing Club
50 Sand Island Access Rd
Honolulu, HI 96819
Bar (808) 841-2173
Office (808) 848-2800


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