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Tiki Tiki Restaurant

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Maybe you've passed by this place on Patterson Avenue in the far West End. It's in a stand alone building, red with a green roof - and a Tiki god standing watch by the door. It's easy to miss, in between a strip mall and a barbecue joint that looks like a car garage.

The Wife and I stumbled onto Tiki Tiki a few years ago because it reminded us of a place in Roanoke (The Wife's hometown) - Fiji Island.

On a recent trip, something was different. The food tasted fresher - down to the cabbage in the egg rolls. I inquired to the waitress, and she confirmed that yes, they were under new management - and a new chef. They prepped food daily and had begun making most things in house. What a difference.

The Wife and I have a tradition - we start with the Pu Pu Platter, I get a cup of hot and sour soup and we split an entree.

This most recent trip was no different. I started with a Tiki Tiki - all of their drinks come in various tropical glasses - and are citrusy, not sugary sweet.

The Pu Pu platter (my apologies for a lack of a photo - we were starving, and only half way through realized we hadn't taken a picture!!) comes with chicken wings, breaded shrimp, Chinese ribs, crab rangoon and the steak on a stick. And of course, the fire in the middle with a mini grill for cooking the beef.

The Hot and Sour Soup was great - tasted very fresh with the right amount of heat and tang.

For entree we split the Orange Beef - extra spicy. I think they actually used szechuan peppercorns, because my tongue tingled all night.

This is half of the serving - and we had more than enough for lunch the next day.

This is one of our favorite places in Richmond. The food is great and the staff is always friendly - the perfect place to spend a low key evening. They also feature chef's specials like lobster, crab legs and soft shells. Definitely worth the trip.

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  1. Thanks for posting about this place. I have always wanted to try it, just because.

  2. I've passed by this place SO MANY times and always wondered if it was good... between your great review and my mom's recent trip there (she came back with rave reviews) I definitely need to check it out!