People tend to leave Trader Vic's a bit wobbly on the toes, which is perhaps an indication that the drinks matter more here than the food. And while the food's not bad, it's a fact that this well-known franchise is as much a Polynesian party as it is a restaurant. The Tiki-style Mai Thai Lounge seems to blend into the main dining room, where most every table ends up with an exotically shaped cocktail jar with mixes too strong to print. A live Cuban band fills the air with tropical rhythms, and late-night dancing is common. The colorful dining room is decorated with fishtraps and blowfish hanging from the ceiling, kitsch tapa wallpaper, and trickling fountains. The vaguely Hawaiian/Asian menu is heavy on seafood; the Szechuan butterfly prawns are a standout. If you want meat, the Indonesian rack of lamb with stir-fry noodles suits just fine. Whatever dish you order, though, that's probably not the part of the night you're likely to remember.
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