KONA KAI- TIKI IN CHELSEA
All eyes may have been on Chelsea over the past few months, thanks largely to Mr. Abramovich and his band of merry men, however, in the shadow of Stamford Bridge, locals are getting excited about another new signing. The owners of the popular Sugar Cane bar in Clapham Junction have launched Kona Kai; a Tiki-inspired bar specializing in exotic cocktails and live entertainment, transforming the concrete city into a Hawaiian paradise.
As I’m walking along Fulham Road, not many things can detract your eyes from the huge stadium but a wood shack with fake palm trees and Aztec style statues is definitely one of them. Entering Kona Kai you would think you’ve just stepped off the plane from the tropics as they have fully embraced the Tiki theme, but have kept the tone grown-up. Decorated with bamboo walls, straw chairs, tree stumped tables, I feel over dressed and want to kick off my shoes and slide into some sandals.
The atmosphere is extremely relaxed with plenty of seating areas, staff greeting with a smile, and tunes playing in the background. We choose a corner to sit (Which had a real blowfish lamp above) and gaze at the extensive cocktail menu- the hostess must have seen the look of bemusement on my face as she came over and guide me through the list. The majority of the menu is created by Kona Kai’s own expert mixologists and having sampled a few treats, I’d rather have a Lazy Afternoon or Red Wahine over a Mai-Tai any day.
Drinking lethal cocktails and listening to the Friday night band gave us a serious hunger, and luckily Kona Kai has a small bar menu. Although there isn’t a lot to choose from, a sharing platter of chicken wings, samosas, wedges and pita really hit the spot. As I threw down my last chicken bone, the party was getting into full swing, but I reluctantly had to short the evening short due to prior engagements. The BSF team will definitely be back, and it is easy to see why Kona Kai is gaining popularity as they have managed to create the perfect post-work / pre night out chill out isle.
For more information & table bookings, visit www.konakai.co.uk