United Arab Emirates Lunch
Abu Dhabi, September 7, 2019
26th consecutive lunch at Trader Vic's
" Échanson Sandeep Sathees excelled as usual with some very interesting wine pairings "

Our traditional Trader Vic’s lunch this year saw the 26th event hosted by the establishment. This year Trader Vic's itself celebrated its official 25th anniversary in Abu Dhabi. We have managed 26 events there because the Bailliage held its first lunch one day before the official opening!

The welcome Mojitos, Mai Tais and background of live Cuban music ensured everyone was in a party mood right from the beginning.

As always, Chef Jimmy Sek had curated an innovative and exciting menu for us. Échanson Sandeep Sathees excelled as usual with some very interesting wine pairings.


Lobster salad
avocado, tomato, orange and chili dressing
Liebfraumilch ‘Forbidden Pleasure’ 2017
Weingut Balthasar, Rheingau, Germany

Chestnut and pumpkin soup
seared scallop, truffle oil
Kenwood Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
Sonoma County, California, USA

Mint and Lemon Vodka sorbet

Roasted loin of lamb
wild mushrooms, Parmesan risotto, spinach, pan jus
Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
Bodegas Campo Viejo, Spain

Mango coconut custard with passion fruit ganache
Moscato d'Asti DOCG 2017
Ca' d'Gal Lumine, Piemonte, Italy

After service was complete, Chargé de Missions Wolfgang Johannson thanked Chef Jimmy Sek, General Manager Youness Garfa, and their respective teams for another very successful summer lunch. We were all happy to continue into the evening to help the venue celebrate their anniversary!

James McIsaac
Conseiller Gastronomique