Mai-Kai’s 54th Anniversary–Only The Best Last In This Town!
Having tantalized patrons with Polynesian fare and flair for decades, the Mai Kai celebrates its 54th year in business on December 28 with a blowout guest appreciation/celebration party! This restaurant represents the top tier of excellence in food, entertainment and hospitality–all in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.
If you have not experienced this unique eatery which has stood the test of time in Broward County like no other restaurant, then let me paint a technicolor tropical scene for you. Upon arrival, you pull into a thatch hut-like valet area that starts your journey through this Polynesian-style dining experience. The maitre’d quickly helps you to find your reservation or, if you want to be closer to the libations, he or she may kindly gesture you to take a comfortable seat at the bar. In fact, the bar is an experience on its own. More often than not, the beautiful bartenders blend spirits with tropical juices to concoct some of the most delectible potables known to man. As you sip on your world-famous Rum Barrel, superb live music wafts through the air of the grotto-esque ambiance, as you and your party have your Bali Hi cocktails in an area that resembles some sort of tropical South Sea-like cave. Cascading water pours over the windows to make this peaceful, one-of-a-kind bar very realistic and serene as though you had been whisked away to some secluded island in a far away land which was created just for you–complete with a well-stocked bar, of course.
Keeping with the lush tropical ambiance, the lighting is impeccable and blends perfectly with the setting, creating a mood that is salve for the soul for just about any occasion. Lighting from ships’ lanterns enhances the intimate and friendly atmosphere which has a nautical/island vibe; think Blue Lagoon but with much better food and drinks! If your senses are not stimulated enough at this point, then an authentic dance, music and fire show should get your blood pumping. With the inception of this newly revamped Polynesian exhibition, you will visually and auditorally overdose on all things that are South Pacific and spectacular. From the new authentic costumes to the death-defying feats of the fire handlers, people of all ages who have enjoyed Mai-Kai for years, like me, will be thrilled and in shock at the level of precision at which these talented individuals perform. Practice makes perfect when it comes to the Mai-Kai show, so it is obvious why there has remained a popular demand for this unique brand of entertainment.
If by now you are still not swayed enough to visit one of Broward’s best, then I must tell you, the food that comes out of the kitchen, particularly the cuisine which is cooked in their one-of-a-kind Chinese oven, is simply unparalleled in its variety of ingredients to its consistency of quality. This is a dining experience that is not merely a step above the rest but leaps and bounds beyond what you ever thought your tastebuds could handle. The venue being extremely versatile offers different foods from the items found at a posh steak house, to escargot–which has often been considered as one of nature’s best aphrodisiacs; this alone is worth the trip. I tried a few different dishes which I was previously unaccostomed to, yet much to my surprise and satisfaction, I was so delighted I actually wanted seconds the next day! This consisted of the Lamb Chops, the Roasted Duck and Oysters Rockefeller. To all of which I must simply say…Yum…Yum…Yum…The Molokai bar features 51 specialty drinks, a full-service bar and an extensive wine list.
Seating is ample, yet due to the demand for the fare and entertainment, booking reservations in advance is highly suggested. They have cozy corner booths and front-row stage seats, as well as the outside seating with its sexy big-city vibe tucked away under the beautiful palms, flowers and Polynesian statues. Adding to the lush feel of the Mai Kai is the mystic garden where you walk and feel like you are a part of the land. It is something that just isn’t good enough unless you try it yourself. It the one place in Fort Lauderdale you can go with out a plane ticket and feel like you are in another world! Mai-Kai, hands down, is simply a great place for unique dining and fun for all ages!
This is a privately owned establishment opened by Mireille Thornton–the mother, entreasurer and choreographer of World famous Mai-Kai & Show. Son Dave Levy, head of restaurant operations, and daughter Kulani Gelardi, CFO, deserve a round of applause for all of the great times had by many in the way of expressing their heart and vision of the Polynesian life. Another individual responsible for the successes of the Mai Kai is Pia Dahlquist, director of sales and marketing, and may I say, she may be one of the most amazing women to have running a business with you. I learned so many things that an outsider would never know. This place has history and heart! She explained how they started and the drive, love and passion that goes into everyday work and success of the Mai-Kai. It’s a very special honor to have this knowledge from someone who has really seen this operation grow and expand, staying the test of time over five-plus decades.
This place can be utilized in many ways from romantic dinners to birthday celebrations, corporate parties, weddings or just a place where locals can come to enjoy the everyday specials! The show is also on the road! That’s right–if you would like them at your next beach party or event, they travel! Show and food…you can have it all wherever and whenever you like!
I highly recommend you stop in for a visit! You can experience the Mai-Kai seven days a week at 3599 North Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33308. Or call 954.563.3272/8307. Their fax number is 954.563.8331 and email addresses are email@example.com or www.maikai.com.