Mike Hume, restaurant reviewer for the Falls Church News-Press in Virginia, took a shot at tiki fans in his review for Mama Quan's Tiki Hut, a temporary bar that's open through summer. Mike says,
One drawback to the venue’s temporary Tiki status: In addition to the after-work crowd and the late night loungers, the setup also attracted a number of hut heads a tad over-obsessed with Tiki tavern culture. This lot was disappointed by the sparse decorations, and more so with the plastic 24-ounce Mai Tai tumblers that bare the likeness of some Polynesian god or another. Apparently true Tiki joints require ceramic glasses to house the various blends of Mai Tais.
So are we tikiphiles a bunch of loudmouth jerks who bitch and whine unless every bar is decorated like the Mai Kai? Or should be just be happy that a new tiki bar opened up at all?
I'm thinking we're an educated consumer that demands a higher quality product. Wouldn't a beer fan be a little taken aback if it was a served in the incorrect type of glass (Pilsner, pint, etc.) or worse yet, a plastic cup?
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
Link to restaurant review