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New England Dining Reviews >>> Kihei Dynasty, Walpole, Mass.

Kihei Dynasty in Walpole, Mass., is the Ultimate Old School Chinese/Polynesian Restaurant
Chinese food -- pu pu platter photo

Article and photo by Eric J. Hurwitz

Back in the day, the Kihei Dynasty enjoyed a long run as a popular Chinese restaurant at the Stop and Shop plaza in Walpole, Mass.  When Stop and Shop enlarged, the Kihei and many other stores had to find new homes.

Some moved, some never returned. The Kihei, fortunately, found a location in back of a gas station -- formerly the home of an auto parts store. The thought was for the Kihei to temporarily stay at this underwhelming location until finding posher new quarters.

Several years later, the Kihei remains in the back of a gas station building, just as popular as ever and still serving up those classic Chinese/Polynesian dishes and drinks. Pu Pu platters with powerful, long-lasting flames, pork fried rice, luncheon combination specials, egg rolls, General Gau chicken and all the usual "Americanized" Chinese food suspects make for some of the best old school Chinese food we've had anywhere -- and at rock-bottom prices. What's more, the Kihei serves huge portions, most likely creating leftovers even for those with the biggest appetites. Service is absolutely fantastic -- family-oriented, attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is typical for a throwback suburban Chinese restaurant with red-colored formica seating, plain tables, slightly worn rugs, plastic plates with a faint Oriental theme, and wood paneling on the walls. The closest thing we heard to background Chinese music was the mandolin solo from Rod Stewart's 1971 hit single "Maggie May" coming from a boombox.

With a separate bar and a main dining room, the Kihei is fairly spacious, belying the fact that it is located in this seemingly small-looking building behind the gas station.

This 1970s-style Chinese restaurant will have you saying what they also say at the front of this building : "Filler Up!" The Kihei truly caters to the hungry Chinese Food afficiandao looking for this type of cuisine done the right way!

Kihei Dynasty
547 Main St.
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 668-1720


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