The drink menu includes all types of fruity rum drinks. In all honesty, they all don't look appealing. The food menu included various Polynesian influenced dishes, of which the appetizers looked the most appealing.
Suffering Bastard; rum, limes, cucumber. It was shockingly strong initially, but when you had time to recover, you realized that it's actually disgustingly sweet and gross. It had a very strong coconut flavor that was a bit overwhelming. At $16.50, it was also a rip off.
Service was a little slow even though it was not crowded. We were waiting over 30 min for our food while everyone else had bread at their table. The bread, when it finally arrived after we requested, came in a basket that included cheese sticks, regular and olive bread. The bread was cold and the butter was unsalted and not very tasty.
Lobster tempura $20. Basically lobster and vegetables, wrapped in a bundle and fried. I liked the green masago/smelt egg that was served on the side with cucumber. To be honest with you, it did not even taste like lobster. I thought it was shrimp. It was just OK, but at that point I was so hungry that I could have eaten anything.
Evidence above. You can see how measly the BBQ pork was! It was quite pathetic, if you ask me. They might as well have left it off the plate.
So I also have to comment about the service.
#1. We were left waiting for almost 15 minutes until someone came to take our order. Come on, I am in the bar area and I obviously needed a drink after working an over-12 hour day.
#2. It took another 30 minutes for even our appetizer (lobster roll) to be served.
#3. The waiter was always buzzing around us and was making my friend uncomfortable.
Trader Vic's, in its old form, was kind of cheesy but fun. At least there was something unique about it. Instead, the new place is a generic hotel restaurant with overpriced food and uninspired staff. If you are looking for something exotic, don't even bother with Trader Vic's. But if you are staying at the Beverly Hilton, I suppose it will do.
Misses: expensive curry! service was slow, rum drink was horrendous
9876 Wilshire Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210