Saugus, MA
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948 Broadway
Saugus, MA
Opened in 1950
Daily 11:30am-2am
All ages
(781) 233-0077
Flaming pu pu platter

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by 88 people



Everyone You
Decor 7.8
Drink Quality 6.8
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 7.4
Food Selection 9
Mood 7.2
Music 4.4
Service 8
Tikiness 7.2
Tilt 7.2
Vibe 6.8

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Humuhumu’s description

Kowloon opened in 1950 as The Mandarin House. In 1958 the Wong family purchased it and changed the name to Kowloon. Over the years they have expanded the restaurant into a broad complex of rooms, and it now has room for 1,200 dining patrons. Several of the rooms have Polynesian theming, including the Tiki Lagoon Room and Luau Room. The restaurant has been a landmark in the north Boston area for decades, and photos of many celebrities visiting the restaurant are proudly displayed.
The food is traditional Chinese American fare, and includes a flaming pu pu platter. Tropical drinks are served in tiki mugs.


bzb has visited Kowloon.
April 14, 2019, 8:42 PM
This place has a comedy club. Unfortunately it’s also the restaurant and the “bar”. Since at least 2017, they’ve been serving the same packet of orange julius mix that went bad sometime in the 1976-1979 timeframe.

The waiter was a classy gentleman of very few words, if by classy you mean completely devoid of all personality and human expression. When presented with a “how are you tonight” his response was a short grunt. Thankfully this dude was also our part time bartender and dispensed our rotten orange drinks with haste.

After consuming what we could of our pupu platter, the fire continued to rage and singe the arm hairs off our bodies every time we wanted to share our entrees. On a positive note it’s way cheaper and less painful than the local waxing spot. On a negative note, the burnt knuckle hair smell will linger in my nasal cavities for quite sometime.

This place is absolutely filled to “the rim” with dudes bringing their side chicks. Interestingly, there seems to be no discrimination of age when it comes to a prime date night spot.

While the place was absolutely ridiculous, we appreciated the 42 fortune cookies left at our table as a consolation prize. I had a great time, it just wasn’t here.
SassyStiletto has visited Kowloon.
January 14, 2019, 10:45 PM
I actually am so in love with this place, I can't even describe it. The "weird' vibe is everything it's supposed to be. Kowloon is an absolute vintage gem and felt like stepping back in time in all the right ways. Were the cocktails craft? Nope. a perfect tiki restaurant is more than a cocktail made with homemade syrups and bitters (fabulous by the way...but certainly not the standard at American Tiki inception). This place is a true origin location and the sunken bar made my heart actually skip a beat. They have Keno, a comedy club, live music and a boat. I don't know what you're looking for, but you found it here.
The Nerdy Monkey
The Nerdy Monkey has visited Kowloon.
August 17, 2018, 9:54 AM
Being new the tiki scene (had a love for it since I was a kid, didn't do anything about said love until recent years lol) this was my first tiki bar, real tiki bar. This place is massive and can hold a whopping 1,200 guests! There are multiple rooms to dine in, the front room which has a more 70's feel and the back room which is where the tiki theme is. It's not over the top tiki, but its enough to make me feel good about calling this place a tiki bar. The food was fantastic, the drinks were amazing (I wouldn't call them original recipes, but they were great regardless!) my boyfriend got a Zombie and said it was spot on (he's very particular about Zombie drinks) I got a Blue Hawaii and it went down very easily, was enjoyable and I could have gotten drunk here! They have a HUGE selection of tiki mugs and glassware, with a decent selection with their name, location and opening year on them! I have social anxiety and often can't go to restaurants, especially ones this packed! (we went on a Saturday night, so it was a full house) However, this place didn't bother me, I was able to ignore other patrons and not feel anxious. I cannot wait to come back here again! I thoroughly enjoyed Kowloon! P.s they have an Instagram account!
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