A taste of tiki

Enjoy a South Seas adventure.
Max's South Seas Hideaway pu pu platter
The pu pu platter at Max's South Seas Hideaway includes many items such as chicken satay, veggie spring rolls, Huli Huli ribs and more. Photo by Bryan Esler

Max’s South Seas Hideaway docked in downtown recently. The restaurant is located in the former McFadden’s space, at 58 Ionia Ave. SW, and is a tiki-themed restaurant and bar that offers a unique experience along with its food.

The pu pu platter is a great starter option — it can even be ordered as an entrée. The platter includes Huli Huli ribs, volcano wings, chicken satay, veggie spring rolls, and crab Rangoon, and it’s served with a traditional hibachi. The lit hibachi is a nice touch, which adds to the dining experience and is functional — you can use it to keep your food warm as you eat, allowing you to take your time with this course.

You cannot go wrong with this platter; the tasty chicken satay comes with a luxurious peanut sauce that you’ll want to douse your chicken in. The Huli Huli ribs are tender and tasty, while the crab Rangoon and veggie roll filling are nearly bursting through their fluffy shells. The crab Rangoon is filled with ginger lemongrass sauce and wasabi aioli, while the spring rolls include a seasonal vegetable filling and lemongrass chili sauce. If you like spicy, the volcano wings will hit the spot and leave your tongue tingling.

The pu pu platter comes in two sizes. The smaller option serves two ($30), while the larger size serves four ($60).

Max’s South Seas Hideaway is an exclusive experience. The restaurant is decked out in tiki décor and makes you feel as if you are at sea, especially if you take a seat at the second-floor bar, which is designed to look like the hull of a ship. Also, be sure to check out the tropical fish tank on the second floor.

If you are ready for a Polynesian escape, this is a great option without the price of a plane ticket. GR

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