LONDON—London’s first Polynesian-themed restaurant, Trader Vic’s, which opened in London 50 years ago at London Hilton on Park Lane, is refurbishing its South Pacific inspired décor. Re-opening on Sept. 12, the restaurant’s new look takes inspiration from island sunsets and foliage and will continue to serve its international cuisine using its custom-made wood-fired Chinese ovens, which can be traced back over two thousand years to the Han Dynasty.
The restaurant is enhancing its iconic tiki-carved interior through a new totem poleframed bar with wood bamboo tiles, earthy colours, and traditional South Island tapa cloth. Marine shades in the restaurant will showcase an eclectic collection of exotic objects such as clam shells, carved wood statues, boat wheels and Oceania artwork. Pendant Chinese lanterns will provide soft intimate lighting against the thatched roof ceiling, punctuated by authentic island fishing boats. Burnt orange hues bring to life wicker chairs and flooring with authentic South Pacific designs.
The custom-made wood-fired ovens, which use natural smoke and heat from split oak and seasoned wood, will create Trader Vic’s signature sharing dish, Big Kahuna, made up of 800 grams of prime beef rib rubbed with Madagascan Malagasy spices. The international menu will also be serving Indonesian rack of lamb and Hawaiian seafood delicacy, mahi mahi.
The bar at Trader Vic’s provides live music and salsa dancing on selected nights.