November 30, 2007

Review: Trader Vic's

Last night, we headed over to Planet Hollywood so Frank could play poker while I shopped. We wanted to grab a bite beforehand, we figured we'd try Trader Vic's or Earl of Sandwich. While we looked over the menu at Trader Vic's the hostess gave us a card good for a free appetizer. It lured us inside. You have a choice to dine on the outside patio or indoors. We opted to eat inside since it was pretty cool outside. The restaurant has a nice ambience and the patio will be great in the warm months.

Service was decent. We shared a Caesar salad to start. It was edible, but not great as it was overdressed resulting in limp romaine. Frank chose rack of lamb and I went with the pork chop. We snacked on pinapple sesame bread while we waited for our entrees to arrive. There's a foursome of condiments to try: chinese mustard, coconut peanut butter, wasabi aoli, and Trader Vic's table sauce. I loved the peanut butter and Frank liked the chinese mustard best.

Both entrees were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. The BBQ pork chop was served alongside mashed potatoes and Maui onion marmalade. Curry rice noodles accompanied the rack of lamb. Each dish was well prepared. Bellies full we requested the check, our bill was $75. We had an enjoyable meal, but didn't feel that it'll be worthy of a return visit.

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