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Posted by Anonymous on 09/20/2011
For fifty years the finest Polynesian atmosphere anywhere. This is a spot you MUST experience at least once.
Posted by Chip and Andy on 07/20/2008
The Mai-Kai has been around for over 50 years now, and it is still as much fun now as it was when it was first built in 1956. What was then considered amazing and exotic, comes across now as kitschy.... but that is a good thing! When you enter you are invited to have a seat in the bar which is decorated like the interior of a ship that is transporting you to the far-away place in your imagination. An effect which is furthered by the water cascading down the windows and the sound of distant thunder that comes from the bridge as cars enter and exit. From that point in your evening until the time you leave it is like stepping back in time to enjoy a bit of luxury in restaurant service that is rare in today's eating establishments. When the Mai-Kai was built, Chinese inspired food was the most exotic thing going, but only order from the Chinese menu if you want to take a trip back in time to see what your parents were eating when they ordered 'Chinese' food. I'm not saying its bad, it is fact quite tasty. But, it is not what you are expecting from this style of cuisine because I think they are still using the same recipes from when the place was originally built.. From the Chinese Ovens Section of the menu are a couple of steak options, chicken options, and duck. If you enjoy a steak, get the New York Strip! The seasoning used, the high heat of the Chinese Ovens, it is making me drool just remembering it. If you want to be more adventurous, order the Duck. there are a few spots in the menu that aren't that great (see the Chinese Food comment above). This is not a casual dinning place, so the prices on the menu can be a bit surprising which causes the most amount of people to complain on sites like this (the steaks start at $30 and go up). Basically, this is fine dining in a bit of Old-Florida history. Make an evening of it, have another drink, enjoy the show! There is no place like it left anywhere in florida.