Trader Vic's at the London Hilton

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The Beatles were yet to break America when this crazy Californian import first wowed London. Five decades on, Trader Vic’s Polynesian beachcomber kitsch, old-skool presentation and attentive staff dressed like extras from South Pacific make for a pleasingly retro experience. A mainstream US/Asian menu boasts tender, meaty spare ribs lathered with BBQ sauce made to the ‘original 1972 recipe’ alongside crab and grapefruit salad, spicy tuna tartare and moreish ‘maui waui’ (sweet and spicy coconut shrimps with slaw), while mains include lobster with black bean sauce, crispy duck pancakes, and a piquant curry of tender braised lamb. A wine list plays firm second fiddle to Vic's reasonably priced rum cocktails, served in fabulously tacky tiki mugs. Coffee liqueur digestifs are a must; dancing to samba disco hits, performed by wedding reception-style combos, is optional.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    SilverSpoon London :: Tiki Chic at Trader Vic

    Imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery but Trader Vic's was the first of the surge of Tiki bars in London. The bar has had its home at the Hilton for over fifty years and it had recently been remodelled and updated. The original Trader Vic's in California is now eighty years old, so this is a bar with a whole lot of history!

    The bar is casual and as laid back as any beach comber. The interior is adorned with Polynesian artefacts and carvings many of which are authentic pieces. I wasn't a big fan of the carpet which was quite shabby and rather garish...but we're supposed to be on an island here,...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    SilverSpoon London :: Tiki Chic at Trader Vic

    So the excitement of the wedding was over, the fun of the minimoon was at an end and me and Mr S returned to London, cold weather and pouring rain.

    But fortunately we had our honeymoon to look forward to! And the part we were most excited about was our week in French Polynesia, which promised to be a once a life time experience. When we were invited down to sample some cocktails at Trader Vic's it was the perfect way to get over the bad weather blues and get us in the mood for some Tahitian cheer!...
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  1. On Tuesday we celebrated a milestone, with one year of blogging, hooray! In the evening the celebrations continued visiting Trader Vic's a French-Polynesian restaurant located on London's Park Lane.

    This year is the 80th anniversary of Trader Vic's and the 70th anniversary of the Mai Tai, the cocktail synonymous with Trader Vic's around the world. So it was the perfect place to have a celebration...
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  1. Published : Friday, 3 July 2015

    Foodie Force :: Foodie Force: Independence Day

    With the really hot weather in London this week, memories come flooding back of tropical paradises that I’ve visited, one of my favourites is the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui. So when invited to come along to Hilton's wonderful restaurant Trader Vic’s on Park Lane to sample a special Independence Day inspired menu I was off before you could say ‘Aloha’.

    You might think it strange for a true Brit to want to celebrate the 4th July, but we too can celebrate the event in which we finally had independence from the Americans. Joking aside, with wonderful food and a sound knowledge of making great Mai Tai cocktails,...
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  1. There is something faintly ridiculous about celebrating Independence Day in the UK; it’s sort of like if the French started cracking out the bunting every year on the 18th June to commemorate Waterloo. (I know Independence Day is more about the actual Declaration than the prerequisite fighting, but it was still all very embarrassing.) The London food scene, however, isn’t going to ignore an opportunity to cash in on the city’s apparently unquenchable appetite for American cuisine – that’s slow-cooked barbecue, creamy dressings and heart-stoppingly indulgent desserts – which is how I found myself at venerable tiki...
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