United Arab Emirates Lunch
Abu Dhabi, September 14, 2018
Celebrating a quarter century at Trader Vic's

Our traditional lunch this year at Trader Vic’s marked a quarter century of being hosted by the establishment. Twenty-five years ago - and one day prior to the Beach Rotana Hotel opening its doors to the public for the first time - the Bailliage was the first customer.

As if this wasn’t enough of an achievement, Chef Jimmy Sek was there for that first event. He has continued to treat us to amazing dishes right up to this day. The service too has always been impeccable.

The welcome Mojitos and Mai Tais set the scene for a fabulous afternoon. To mark the special celebration, Champagne Mumm ‘Cordon Rouge’ Brut NV was also served (from magnums).


Seared blue crab cake
lettuce, plantain chips, togarashi aioli

Trader Vic’s bongo bongo soup
(glazed velouté of spinach with oysters)
Anjou Blanc ‘PMG’ 2017
Philippe & Marie Germain (Loire Valley, France)

Raspberry vodka sorbet

Beef tenderloin
onion marmalade, spinach and mushroom mash
Port veal jus
Rioja Vivanco Reserva 2011 (Spain)

Coconut, lemongrass, Malibu siphon
soft coconut jaconde, banana cream
coconut lemongrass sorbet
Jackson Estate Botrytis Riesling 2014
(Marlborough, New Zealand)

Aged Havana Club 7yo Old Fashioned Rum

Chargé de Missions Wolfgang Johannson delivered the appreciation to the assembled brigades, after which we headed to the cocktail bar to continue our ‘lunch’ into the evening.

James McIsaac
Conseiller Gastronomique