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Trader Vic's At London Hilton On Park Lane
March 01, 2009
LONDON - Opened in 1963 within the first Hilton hotel built outside of the USA, Trader Vic's at London Hilton on Park Lane is a French Polynesian themed restaurant and cocktail bar, one of 25 around the world, and is renowned for its exotic island atmosphere and blend of French, Oriental and American cuisine.
Trader Vic's first started in California in 1932 when Victor Jules Bergeron built a cosy bar across the street from his father's store and called it Hinky Dink's. Its mix of potent tropical cocktails, exotic decor and Americanised version of Polynesian food quickly made, what became known as Trader Vic's, one of the most popular places in Northern California's Bay Area. The colorful atmosphere provided a welcome escape from post-war life and soon became the epitome of the ‘tiki' movement which is undergoing a renaissance at the moment.
Visitors over the years to Trader Vic's in London have included Tony Curtis, Jimi Hendrix and more recently, Paris Hilton and Lewis Hamilton. Today, the venue is a draw to a local as well as an international clientele, providing a lively setting for varied occasions ranging from impromptu after work drinks in the bar to special family celebrations and corporate entertainment.
Various elements combine to give Trader Vic's its unique South Pacific tiki style including a mix of carved totem heads, fishing nets, canoes, exotic flowers and bamboo furniture; staff are dressed in colourful shirts and dresses and many of these elements are carried through in the table top.
THE BOATHOUSE BAR
Cocktails are a feature of Trader Vic's and this was the birthplace of the Mai Tai, originally devised by Vic Bergeron himself. Meaning ‘out of this world' or ‘the best' in Tahitian, it is made with 12 year old rum and a special recipe Mai Tai mix.
The cocktail list offers drinks in categories such as ‘Weak', ‘Small', ‘Strong', ‘Large' and are priced from £6. The tropical theme is carried through in the presentation featuring exotic fruits and flowers; many drinks are also presented in the tiki style in unusual vessels such as skull shaped bowls. Of particular note are the following drinks:
Sharing cocktails - for two to four people, such as the Kava Bowl, the Scorpion, the Rum Keg and Tiki Bowl. The recently introduced Drinking Canoe is a much larger vessel, holding up to ten gallons and acts as a portable bar, providing a centerpiece to any party.
Hot cocktails - a range of mostly rum based cocktails, many prepared table side.
Limited edition cocktails - a seasonally changing range
The Boathouse Bar seats 70 people.
The menu combines an array of cooking styles including steaming, grilling, wok frying or slow roasting in the signature Chinese Wood Fired Ovens. Popular dishes include steamed sea bass Cantonese style, Indonesian rack of lamb and whole suckling pig.
As well as the a la carte, there is a monthly changing fixed price menu featuring dishes from other exotic countries such as Brazil, Mauritius, Thailand and Hawaii. This is available for £25 per person for three courses and includes a cocktail.
A recently introduced feature is the launch of ‘Suckling Pig Fridays', which offers suckling pig cooked in the Chinese wood fired ovens and served with tropical condiments for £25 per person.
Many of the dishes such as Caesar Salad, Chateaubriand and Crepes Suzette feature table side preparation, providing an additional element of theatre in the restaurant.
The Restaurant seats 120; The Tiki Room is a flexible space which can be used for private parties and accommodates 40 for a sit down and 70 for standing drinks reception.
Trader Vic's in London features live Latino fusion music daily from 10 pm by Victor Hugo and Stefano Russo.
London Hilton on Park Lane
22 Park Lane
London W1K 1BE
Monday to Sunday from 5 pm until 1 am (3 am on Fridays and Saturdays)
Monday to Sunday from 6pm until 1 am (last orders 12.30 am.
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