Trader Vic’s Crowne Plaza Dubai
In the 80 years since the first branch opened in Oakland, California, Trader Vic’s has become a much-loved household name around the globe. The Polynesian-themed restaurant and bar which now has 18 branches worldwide first launched in Dubai nearly 25 years ago, and has been situated on the same spot at Crowne Plaza Dubai since then. The exotic Polynesian décor at Trader Vic’s Crowne Plaza Dubai transports you to the South Pacific islands, with walls wrapped in handmade Tapa cloth from the island of Tonga, carved Marquesan Tikis and tribal masks from Papua New Guinea.
A nod towards Dubai’s status as an international city, Trader Vic’s in Dubai takes inspiration from all over the globe. Trader Vic’s is one of the only restaurants in the city to have a traditional Chinese wood-fired oven. The design can be traced back to the Han Dynasty, and is displayed behind glass in the restaurant so that guests can view this unique operation. This technique gives a subtle smoky flavour and prevents direct contact with the flame. You will find a dedicated section of the dinner menu for dishes cooked in the Chinese wood fired oven, such as the Indonesian rack of lamb.
This April Trader Vic’s in Dubai underwent a complete refurbishment and relaunch. New luxurious seating with contemporary fabrics and carpet designed exclusively for Trader Vic’s were added, along with two unique private rooms for meetings and special occasions. The Shell Room, decorated with nautical objects and shells can seat up to eight people, whereas The Tonga Room can accommodate up to 14 people.
Along with the complete refurbishment, the restaurant also has a new manager – Ximena López, who brings her warmth and international experience in hospitality to the position. Lopez has worked in Trader Vic’s properties around the world, including the flagship restaurant in California, as well as their successful Seychelles branch. Throughout 2017, Trader Vic’s Crowne Plaza Dubai has an exciting range of deals each week, including daily happy hour offers and weekly ladies’ night promotions.
A word from the chefJimmy Tejano
Head chef Jimmy Tejano has had a career spanning nearly thirty years, working in many prestigious kitchens including the Red Sea Palace in Saudi Arabia. He has a long history with the Trader Vic’s brand, first joining the global brand in January 2000, at the branch in Bahrain. Following seven years in the small Middle Eastern country, Tejano was keen to travel the world and develop his skills, as such he spent time travelling with Oceana Cruises. Heading up the ship’s kitchen he visited many places around the globe, learning about different flavours and honing his skills on board the ship. In 2008 he return the Trader Vic’s family, as head chef of the branch at Crowne Plaza Dubai. Since then he has been consistently turning out mouthwatering dishes and flavours, including his favourite New York steak, cooked slowly in the Chinese wood-fired oven and the seared tuna teriyaki.