A Hawaiian Getaway at Wahtiki Island Lounge

The hip tropical vibes of a tiki bar never fail to cheer up a mood thanks to the upbeat soundtracks and quirky cocktails. Wahtiki Island Lounge’s founders have long been on the hunt to pursue the Island Pacific-themed concept, with its owner Philip Lee following the footsteps of his father who worked in tiki-inspired dining in the 1970s. Opening its doors in 2017, the restaurant and bar hosts regular happy hours, live music events and delicious seafood and meats for a casual night out. We visited the Hawaiian hotspot to try the fancy drinks and the property’s set-course Valentine’s Day dinner.

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Location & Vibe


Situated in Wyndham Street’s Seabird House, Wahtiki escapes the hustle of busy Central nightclubs and 7-11 beers, instead offering a calmer retreat for those looking to dine and drink without the wild crowds. The vibrant, tropical setting of this tiki restaurant and bar takes you onto an island paradise, yet is sophisticated with its elegant furnishings and dim lighting to keep a cool atmosphere. Wood-topped tables, cheeky “monkey” bottles and retro wallpapers dominate the space, making it feel nothing like Hong Kong—the canoe table was a unique touch and we actually ended up eating our meal on the insta-worthy ornament. There’s definitely a very “lounge” vibe to the space, particularly with the comfortable, plush seating and subtle neon lamps.

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Tiki Heritage


One of the unique points about this Polynesian-themed property is the brand’s backstory and heritage. The tiki restaurant concept was utilised by Mr Shi Wah Lee in the 1970s to 1990s, where he ran a bar for Trader Vic’s London property for 20 years. His son, Philip Lee opened Wahtiki in Hong Kong years later to pay homage to his father’s reputable accomplishments—the history can be found on the menu, where you’ll also spot “wah” in the restaurant’s turtle logo. All the menu’s inspirations are taken from the brand’s heritage experience for the most authentic, reliable selection.

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The Menu


Decorated with delicate illustrations to match the titles of each unique tiki drink, the menu is a visually-stimulating piece showcasing a range of classic cocktails, mocktails, signature fruit punches, and ofcourse, the Island-inspired cuisine. We dined and photographed our meal on the iconic canoe-shaped table.

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We tried the Valentine’s Day menu, a four-course set of fusion meals to indulge in the best of seafood, meats and dessert with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine or a sharing cocktail.

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The starter was a French onion soup, which is actually one of my favourite soups. Hot and layered with cheese, this tasty dish was a heartwarming way to start the meal. The appetiser followed shortly after, a decadent foie gras on toast for something a little crunchy and light before the mains.

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We tried each of the dishes which are available on the menu and can be selected as your main course in the set. The Hawaiian Tiger Prawns served with Sicily tomato paste and basil linguine was exquisite and perfect for seafood lovers.

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For those who like fish, the Pacific Ocean Grilled Seabass is served with butter thyme, seasonal vegetables, mash potato and guacamole for a Polynesian-meets-Western fusion twist.

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If you’re not a fan of seafood, the Tahiti Grilled Honey Soy Sirloin is a succulent tender and juicy beef steak, topped with tropical mango salsa and sweet potato fries for a mashup of Eastern, Western and Island influences.

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The meal finishes with a delicious chocolate dessert—my consistent go-to when I have a sweet tooth.

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The Lovers Warm Chocolate Pudding is for sharing the romance, served with vanilla ice cream and strawberries, be sure to spoon your way through this hot fudge volcano.

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We went with a couple of cocktails, the signature Mai Tai and a Beach Boy Grog for a kick of rum. Couples can choose to share the Cocktail Rum Fiery or a bottle of sparkling wine for the set menu.


A Friendly Experience


The warm and inviting atmosphere of Wahtiki Island Lounge a memorable experience. From the bamboo-themed interiors to the accommodating seating and décor, the restaurant and bar gives a casual yet sophisticated vibe to its guests. Be sure to try out the cocktails to go with your meal during an evening out at this sociable tiki hub.


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