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Apr 19, 2007 09:33 AM

Place for yummy exotic/polynesian drinks and food in Boston?

Looking for a great place for dinner and drinks in town that serves exotic/polynesian style drinks. Something similar to Pho Republique, or is that the best?

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  1. You want Polynesian drinks and food? Boston is not really a hotbed for the latter ....

    1. For a lovingly ironic twist on Polynesian, I enjoy the Lava Lounge, attached to the East Coast Grill in Inman Square, "a neo pseudo tribute to the American Polynesian restaurants of the 1960s."

      Drinks in pineapples, pupu platters, etc, all done with the Schlesinger level of quality that makes so many Boston hounds salivate over the East Coast Grill.

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      1. re: finlero

        Is there any way to make sure you end up in the Lava Lounge, though? I always thought it was luck of the draw. Will ECG seat you there if you ask?

        1. re: DavisSquare

          They'll definitely seat you there if you ask, with the [probably obvious] caveat that it could likely increase your wait time.

          For the record, they also rent the Lava Lounge out for private functions, so if you and 20 of your closest friends have a hankering for faux Polynesian tack, you can reserve in advance.

      2. There's always the Tiki Island restaurant in Medford. See

        1. This far into the thread and no one has mentioned The Kowloon in Saugus?

          I second teh vote for the Lava Lounge, but if you have a car and want to go just outside the city, you can't go wrong with the Kowloon.

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          1. re: tamerlanenj

            I had such high hopes for Kowloon, but the food there is just awful! The kitschy environment is fun but I don't think I'd go back for an actual meal.

            1. re: cambridgejen

              Really? I've heard good things about the PuPu finger food.

          2. I know there's some mixed opinion on the board about this, but I happen to really like Tiger Lily, which is on Westland Avenue near Symphony Hall. They've got all the requisite drinks in neon colors, served in coconut shells, with umbrellas and long straws for sharing. The food is also quite tasty. The chicken wing appetizer is very good, and the mango chicken is what I usually end up ordering when I go.