Hula’s Modern Tiki

24 Feb
Hula’s Modern Tiki
4700 N Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Ph 602.265.8454
Hours: M-Th 11a-10p/Fri 11a-2a/Sat 10:30a-1a/Sun 10:30a-10p
Organized by: Jay and Ann
Aloha oukou! Come with us as Jay shares his Hawaiian memories with us at Hula’s Modern Tiki. This restaurant which opened in 2009 is part of the gentrification of downtown Phoenix and is helping to bring life back into the old soul of our city. We can be more than just wagon wheels and dusty roads and the City of Phoenix’s adaptive reuse program is helping to make that happen. Mahalo nui loa!
This building has so much character starting with the comfy outdoor Lanai (patio) with fire pit and umbrellas and finishing with the unique octagonal window, both which look out onto Central Avenue. The cocktails are delicious and cheers to the mixologists! For the first time ever, I enjoyed a MaiTai or two or three…
For appys we sampled some of the Hawaiian Ceviche and the Island Style Poke (Poke-eh). If you didn’t know, like me, Poke is not something you do to someone (sorry Ann) rather it is raw fish, usually Ahi, in a sauce. This time it was mixed in a soy sauce with avocado, onions and macadamia nuts. Jay, the resident Poke connoisseur, said it was good but it’s hard to top the Poke at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion.
Dinner entrees were da’ bomb with the Jawaiian Jerk Butterfish (pictured) topped with jerk sauce and paired with fried sweet plantains and jamaican johnny cakes which have a consistency similar to a zucchini or banana bread. We tried a new menu item which is the Kalbi ribs; Korean marinated short ribs paired with refreshing macaroni salad and rice cooked with coconut milk. ‘Ono! (delicious!) We also sampled the Cajun Burger which was okay but when visiting this place, you definately need to go with their specialties! Kelly and Tony raved about the Thai Chicken Bowl which had a spicy sauce paired with jasmine rice and Pat ordered the Bali Hai BBQ Ribs; tender pork ribs with mango BBQ sauce and sweet potato fries. Nturally we also ordered a side of the mac n’ cheese which was fantastic! The comfort food classic was so similar to “mom’s mac” that it transported me back home to family dinner. Food that can induce time travel? Who knew?! The surprise delight for me came from the Blackened Wasabi Hapu (for Sarah and Jen) and Ahi (for Jay), also pictured. Lightly blackened with a drizzle of wasabi cream sauce and paired with wasabi mashed potatoes and *perfectly crunchy* cooked snap peas. There is a bit of a kick but just drink some MaiTai if needed and you will be all set!
There were no deserts tonight, just happy satisfied friends having a good time. It was such a pity to have to end for the night, but until next time…Malama pono and A hui hou.
(once again we find ourselves missing Jay and Bill in the photos. Just in case an alibi is needed…these shy little devils naturally found a way to weasel out of the picture frame. But we have a new addition to the gallery, Ann’s finger! This adorable little digit makes an appearance and photo bombs the food pics. See you next time little digit!)
wasabi ahi tiki patio tiki group modern tiki
jawaiian fish
(outdoor images of Hula’s Modern Tiki are from
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Posted by on 02/24/2013 in American, Asian fusion


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One response to “Hula’s Modern Tiki

  1. kagieoriginals

    02/24/2013 at 5:39 PM

    Good job, Sarah….the food delish and company was even better.


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