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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

MAI-KAI RESTAURANT
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

This restaurant has truly stood the test of time.  I first experienced it way back in 1968 when I was very young, dumb, and irresponsible.  During the floor show I slugged down several lethal cocktails.  They served 151 proof rum back then in a hollowed-out pineapple.  I was so blasted that I tipped the men's room attendant $75 for handing me a towel and squirting some cologne on me!   Like I said I was dumb and irresponsible!

Ironically back in 1968, this legendary spot was already well established.  I'm told it first opened in 1956!  Now that's staying power!


Just Before Opening Circa 1956!

Over the years I've returned several times and found the place still to be good.  I'm not so fond of the floorshow these days.  We've seen the "real thing" in Hawaii, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Fiji, etc.  But the food is still good.


Shake It Baby!

We usually start out with a pupu platter consisting of several different Polynesian type appetizers.  And for raw fish lovers, they now have Sushi, something they didn't feature on that first, alcohol blurred visit in 1968!

They do great things with lobster here but it's a little on the pricey side.  Meat eaters might want to try something out of the Chinese oven.  The treatment gives your steak a unique and highly desirable taste.  It kind of reminds me of the Chinese smoke oven found in my favorite Polynesian restaurants around the world -- Trader Vic's.

On my last visit, I had a combination dinner with shrimp and lobster in a Cantonese sauce.  Very tasty and a nice follow-up to that pupu platter we started out with.  My wife went with a garlic chicken stir fry and it was very good.  We both wolfed down our food and fled before the floor show could begin.  Not that the floorshow is bad -- I don't want to leave you with that impression.  It's just that we're burned out on floorshows!

Give this place a try next time you're in the Ft. Lauderdale.  And think about the hundreds of thousands of others who have dined here over the years.

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