Surprisingly, really good food.
Surprisingly, really good food.
4 - 8 of 15 reviews
After reading the so-so reviews, we still decided to give Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge a try. I'm glad we did because everything was great!
If you like sweet drinks, the Coconut Kiss Martini was great, so was the Horny Monkey. They also have a drink for two called the "Kilauea" something or other - it's a big bowl that comes on fire - it's really cool.
The entrees were excellent - I tried the "Anise flavored beef short rib" - it came with wasabi mashed potatoes and panko crusted onion rings. The short rib just fell apart with the fork - it was so tender and juicy. The Wasabi mashed potatoes - they were perfect - not too much wasabi - just a tiny hint of it. I'm not a big wasabi fan, but even I thought the mashed potatoes were really good.
My husband (who is very picky about his Ahi) tried the "Ahi two ways" dish. He was worried the Ahi would be over cooked, but it was nice and rare. Sushi sized pieces of ahi were wrapped in Nori (like a roll), then deep fried just until the outside was crispy and the ahi was seared, then it was cut apart - he loved it. There was also a tempura-battered ahi on his plate - he was worried that one would be overcooked, but it was also nice and rare.
My sister had the Barramundi (fish) with coconut fried rice. She loved it. The barramundi was nice and light, but perfectly cooked, and the coconut fried rice had a really interesting flavor and texture.
Our server was really cute and nice, very helpful in describing the dishes and the drinks. It was a really great experience and we will definitely be back. Next time we might try their happy hour specials ($5 drinks, $5 rolls, or $20 all you can eat sushi).
And the nice thing is that you can park at Horton Plaza for free (3 hours). You don't even need to buy anything to get your parking validated - you just go to one of the automated kiosk machines and put your parking ticket in. (Mister Tiki Mai Tai Lounge is only 1 block from Horton Plaza).
Interesting drink menu. Appetizers were half off between 10-12 on a Friday night. Good place to sit down with friends, have a drink, and share some sushi.
As somewhat jaded NYC-area diners, my fiancee and I dropped in on a recent Saturday night, not long after they apparently revamped their menu. We hadn't made reservations and so sat in the bar area. As tiki fans in town for a work-related function, we felt instantly "on vacation" and enjoyed fine, attentive service and elegant twists in the traditional sushi rolls (the lemon in the San Diego roll being one of those slight tweaks, as well as the peppered ahi "wraps"). The drinks were delightful, as well, including the delicate shisojito. Some of you might be skeptical of yet another "family-of-brands"-style restaurant (this is a Cohn Restaurant, which also owns Prado in Balboa Park, among many other well-known San Diego properties ... [-]). We wanted to make a point to add our 2 cents, as, of course, so many eatery reviews swing wildly pro and con ("GREAT service" ... "LOUSY service"). Mister Tiki presents a fun alternative among the slew of amazing choices in the Gaslamp. Of all the chic/touristy areas, the Gaslamp still has places like Mister Tiki that feel as though they're trying a bit harder to create a unique experience. We think Mister Tiki succeeds on that count and will certainly go back.
GG in NJ
The service was horrible and slooooooooooooooow! The hostess, waiter and manager all sucked. Food was okay, but not for the price.