A hot spot in the winter has arrived in Downtown Boston, bringing Polynesian flavors, color, and so many Tiki drinks to Broad Street. Tiki Rock Bar opened its doors on Wednesday, January 10, with an inventive cocktail menu, extensive sushi options, and hearty entrees.
Tiki Rock is the brainchild of general manager Christopher Straub, who took over the former home of The Place at 2 Broad St. and brought in Moe Kuroki to run Oisa Ramen in a space that adjoins the Tiki bar. While Oisa debuts January 15, Tiki Rock is now up and running, featuring colorful lights, a massive central bar, and a designated sushi station.
Straub comes to the project with years of experience in Hyatt Hotels. Charles Smedile (Uni, Clio, Waypoint) is also on board as beverage director, along with chef de cuisine Matt McPherson (South End Buttery, Porto) and Minggan “Tony” Wu, who serves as sushi chef.
The Tiki theme runs through more than just the name: A look at the cocktail menu reveals classic Polynesian-inspired drinks, blended with syrups made in-house and fresh-squeezed juices. The mai tai pays homage to its origin, with a note of its creation date: 1944 at Trader Vic’s in California. Other cocktails — like the Eastern Sour, Jet Pilot, and Rum Barrel — also list a past creation date and origin, while the house-created cocktails bear Tiki Rock’s name. Look out for two large-format cocktails, the Painkiller and the Ohana Punch, each of which serves four people. There are wine and beer options as well.
Those who arrive hungry will find extensive food offerings ranging from a Polynesian super burger (topped with Canadian bacon, a pickled pineapple soy glaze, and an optional fried egg) to pu pu platters full of chicken skewers, squash dumplings, crab rangoon, and coconut shrimp. Other appetizers include pork buns, spring rolls, and a Polynesian chopped salad.
The sushi menu includes several options for diners to “trust the chef,” where they will be presented with seven to 10 individual items, including single and double pieces of sushi, hand rolls, and edamame. There are also several large maki rolls. Entrees include coconut fried rice and ginger soy fried chicken.
Tiki Rock operates seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.